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Why the Dutch Hate Bankers

The image of the finance industry has plummeted since the crisis

The Netherlands is the cradle of capitalism—the home of the world’s first stock market and the dominant global financial center in the 17th and 18th centuries. Its banking sector was the first to introduce innovations such as international trade finance and underwriting of bonds issued by foreign governments. And its banks today are among the European Union’s safest, most profitable, and most digitally savvy. So why do the Dutch hate bankers so much?

A 2018 survey by researcher NIM found that Dutch people have Europe’s highest level of trust in lawyers, doctors, and

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