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‘Game of Thrones’: What’s behind the rise of Iron Banker Tycho Nestoris?

Tycho Nestoris, representative of the Iron Bank of Braavos, is playing an increasingly powerful role in the HBO TWX, -0.04% fantasy-drama “Game of Thrones,” leading some to wonder if the remainder of seasons seven and eight will result in his consolidating his power base and emerging as one of the ultimate winners in Westeros.

Much has been made of the fiscal lessons that “Game of Thrones” teaches us. The Iron Bank is the biggest and most powerful lending institution within the Nine Free Cities of Essos operating within a climate of high debt, expensive wars and minimal saving. Their clout is enhanced by the fact that Westeros doesn’t have a bank.

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