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Odd Lots: What Looking In a Bank Archive Can Tell Us About Modern Finance

A peek inside a different kind of bank vault.

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Every week, hosts Joe Weisenthal and Tracy Alloway take you on a not-so-random walk through hot topics in markets, finance and economics.

Royal Bank of Scotland has been around, in one form or another, for hundreds of years. The company keeps artifacts from its lengthy history in an archive that features everything from a customer ledger kept during the Great Plague and Great Fire of London in the 1600s, to a notice sent to branches in 1914 to shut down ahead of the start of World War I.

On this week’s episode of the Odd Lots podcast, we speak with Ruth Reed, Head of Archives and Art at RBS, about what it’s like to be the archivist for a bank. We find out about her favorite objects in the bank’s archive and discuss what they can tell us about modern finance and markets.


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