February saw a series of what I expect to be statistically u
nlikely resignations (though I confess I do not have time-series data on banker resignations at hand) by high-powered international bankers: World Bank chief Bob Zoellick, the leader of Kuwait's central bank, the chief's of Slovenia's two biggest banks, the CEO of big Indian bank Dhanlaxmi, Nicaragua's central bank, and the Royal Bank of Scotland's Austrialian arm.
A conspiracy-minded site with a collection of links about turmoil and job turnover in high finance and government positions stretching back through last year. Can bankers and government officials sense coming earthquakes, as household pets are said to be able to?
The punchline? Yet Ben Bernanke still has a job to go to every day.
Bonus thriller banking paranoia, Gnomes of Zurich division: what the heck was up with those trillions of "counterfeit" U.S. bonds from 1934 found in Zurich last month, in serious treasure-chest looking boxes apparently the property of the Chicago Federal Reserve?
My favorite classic of modern international banker conspiracy paranoia, David Yallop's In God's Name, about the supposed murder of Pope John Paul I.