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mod_rewrite is based on regular expressions, not shell pattern matching. “*” is a quantifier that means “zero or more” —so “/*” means “match zero or more slashes.” It would match “/”, “//”, “//////////”, etc., or even “”.

You would need to explain the relationships between the two URL formats more clearly, but assuming they are consistent, you could do something like

RewriteRule ^financial/blog/(.*)$$1 [NC,R=301]