Ponzi Schemes in the Caribbean

Author/Editor:

Ana Carvajal ; Hunter K Monroe ; Catherine A Pattillo ; Brian Wynter

Publication Date:

April 1, 2009

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

In several Caribbean states, unregulated investment schemes grew quickly in recent years by claiming unusually high monthly returns and through a system of referrals by existing members. These are features shared with traditional Ponzi schemes and pyramid schemes. This paper describes the growth of such schemes, their subsequent collapse, and the policy response of regulators, and presents key policy lessons. The analysis and recommendations draw on country experiences in the Caribbean, and in such diverse countries as the United States, Colombia, Lesotho, and Albania.

Series:

Working Paper No. 09/95

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

April 1, 2009

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451872422/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2009095

Format:

Paper

Pages:

44

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