The financial sector is penetrating more and more areas of everyday life worldwide. Instead of reinvesting profits in companies, they are increasingly being distributed.
Financial companies are needed for a strong economy
They act as risk-takers or enable investments. But the development of the financial markets has largely decoupled itself from the real economy. The financial sector has been growing faster than the rest of the economy for years.
Much of the activity of an increasingly bloated financial sector is not good for the economy or for society. The financial sector now often serves to siphon off wealth from the economy. The private equity sector is an impressive example of this in many places. Also, many financial transactions take place exclusively within the financial sector, with no benefit to the real economy.