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    The US an Oasis of Prosperity: Will the Fed Be the Only Major Central Bank to Raise Interest Rates in 2015?

    The US an Oasis of Prosperity: Will the Fed Be the Only Major Central Bank to Raise Interest Rates in 2015?

    The markets have been climbing a wall of worry over the last several months. Investors seem to be focusing in on the bad economic news reports and exaggerating…

    Value of Money in SpaceTime

    Value of Money in SpaceTime

    Finance theory is built in a two dimensional world. The key dimensions used to build the central models and equations of monetary value are Risk and Time. Let…

    Banking

    Will Millennials Fuel the Rise of Challenger Banks?

    Will Millennials Fuel the Rise of Challenger Banks?

    Over the past four years, we’ve witnessed something in the banking industry that we have…

    Latin American and Caribbean Banks and the “Missing Middle”

    Latin American and Caribbean Banks and the “Missing Middle”

    The “missing middle” is a concept that serves to illustrate the gap that exists in…

    Financial Institutions must employ “Big Data” analytics in the fight against financial crime

    Financial Institutions must employ “Big Data” analytics in the fight against financial crime

    In recent years there has been an explosion in both banking access channels and real-time…

    The Multiple-Point-of-Entry Resolution Strategy for Global Banks

    The Multiple-Point-of-Entry Resolution Strategy for Global Banks

    In the aftermath of the global financial crisis, it became clear that banking resolution was…

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    US Monetary Policy

    US Monetary Policy

    With the progression of globalisation, all nations and their economic development are increasingly interconnected. This is particularly the case with the United States. US monetary and fiscal policies,…

    A chance to better engage with your customers

    A chance to better engage with your customers

    There’s no doubt that retail banks have an outstanding opportunity in 2015. After several tough years, the outlook for the financial services industry looks rosier than it has…

    The Impact of the Historical Influence of Portugal in Angola

    The Impact of the Historical Influence of Portugal in Angola

    Angola is a former colony of Portugal, independent since November 1975 after a long 14-year war between Angola and the metropolis. Following their proclamation of independence, Angola sank…

    Brokerage

    The Impact of China’s Economic Slowdown on Commodities Markets

    The Impact of China’s Economic Slowdown on Commodities Markets

    Throughout the first half of this decade, China’s economic growth rate has steadily declined. The country’s annual growth figure for 2014…

    Saudi Arabia’s Tadawul Exchange Soon to Welcome Foreign Money

    Saudi Arabia’s Tadawul Exchange Soon to Welcome Foreign Money

    The Tadawul, Saudi Arabia’s stock market, is going to be opening up to foreign investors for the first time this coming…

    The Fed’s Interest Rate Hike is Not the Ultimate Evil for US Stocks

    The Fed’s Interest Rate Hike is Not the Ultimate Evil for US Stocks

    There has been talk, including official announcements by the Federal Reserve, that the US economy has reached the stage of its…

    Africa

    Africa – the Most Promising Private Banking Market

    Africa – the Most Promising Private Banking Market

    Africa is hardly the first region one would think of when it comes to private banking. That is, if one has not been following economic developments on…

    America

    US Banks Should Use Big Data to Improve Customer Service

    US Banks Should Use Big Data to Improve Customer Service

    In an increasingly digital-dominated environment, customers are naturally looking for a seamless online experience, regardless of whether this experience relates to shopping, entertainment, education or banking. While…

    Asia Pacific

    Renminbi Firmly on Road to Becoming Global Currency

    Renminbi Firmly on Road to Becoming Global Currency

    In June, two European countries welcomed two Chinese banks as their official clearers for renminbi-denominated trades. In the UK it was the China Construction Bank and in…

    Australasia

    Skepticism Remains a Challenge for Asia Region Funds Passport

    Skepticism Remains a Challenge for Asia Region Funds Passport

    The idea of setting up a pan-Asian framework facilitating funds trading across national borders was first suggested by the Australian Financial Centre Forum in 2010 and has…

    Caribbean

    Caribbean Banks Stung by Controversial Sanctions, Legislation

    Caribbean Banks Stung by Controversial Sanctions, Legislation

    The Caribbean Basin has been famed for its offshore financial services, but they are now, together with the banking systems of the countries in the region, increasingly…

    Europe

    Rate-Rigging, US Sanctions Violations Harrow European Banks

    Rate-Rigging, US Sanctions Violations Harrow European Banks

    European banks are going through some hard times at the moment. On the one hand, they are being pressured by new regulations requiring them to boost their…

    Latin America

    Rosy Future Ahead for Private Banking in Brazil

    Rosy Future Ahead for Private Banking in Brazil

    A growing middle class and one of the highest numbers of families with financial worth of more than $100 million in the world make Brazil very appetizing…

    Mid-East

    2014 Shaping Up to Be the Year of the Sukuk

    2014 Shaping Up to Be the Year of the Sukuk

    Despite the fact that 2013 was relatively weaker for sukuk instruments, this year is shaping up to be a very strong one for the Sharia-compliant debt, with…