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    The False Promise of Currency Intervention and Difficulties in Addressing Global Imbalances

    The False Promise of Currency Intervention and Difficulties in Addressing Global Imbalances

    Evolving energy dynamics, monetary policy and economic expectations of global investors of the direction of the domestic economy in the United States relative to the rest of the…

    India’s Infrastructure-Build Critical for Growth and Inclusive Prosperity

    India’s Infrastructure-Build Critical for Growth and Inclusive Prosperity

    India is different now from what it was a year back! During the period July 2013-May 2014, India was at risk of a sovereign-rating downgrade to junk status…

    Banking

    The Importance of the New Development Bank

    The Importance of the New Development Bank

    At their 2013 annual summit in Durban, South Africa, the BRICS countries—Brazil, Russia, India, China…

    Designing and Enforcing Effective Financial Regulation

    Designing and Enforcing Effective Financial Regulation

    SInce the 2007-2009 financial crisis, regulators often speak of "macro-prudential regulation", but the term has…

    Gulf Bank of Kuwait Moves Ahead of Its Competitors

    Gulf Bank of Kuwait Moves Ahead of Its Competitors

    Over the past five years, the Kuwaiti economy has been undergoing a phase of substantial…

    Assessing the Effectiveness of the UK’s Bank Levy

    Assessing the Effectiveness of the UK’s Bank Levy

    The UK bank levy was first introduced in 2010 at a rate of 0.05 percent…

    Comment

    BREAKING NEWS: Banks Pass Their MoT and Are Roadworthy Again!

    BREAKING NEWS: Banks Pass Their MoT and Are Roadworthy Again!

    If this headline is to be believed, it would imply banks are perhaps the safe haven we always believed them to be. Can this really be true? So…

    The new finance: it’s about asking the right questions

    The new finance: it’s about asking the right questions

    Technology for technology’s sake has little value to an organization. An analytics engine alone cannot provide a company with useful insights if it is not fed relevant information.…

    The Risk of De-Risking

    The Risk of De-Risking

    In recent years, U.S. authorities have increased their scrutiny of financial institutions’ anti-money laundering controls. In light of this development, banks and other institutions have begun to reassess…

    Brokerage

    Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Top Expectations in 1Q 2015

    Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Top Expectations in 1Q 2015

    All of the biggest US banks suffered to a certain extent in the second half of 2014, with fourth-quarter earnings particularly…

    Why the FTSE 100 hit an All-Time High

    Why the FTSE 100 hit an All-Time High

    On Friday, March 20, the FTSE 100 breached a threshold level that had been elusive for quite some time. The UK’s…

    Investing in Russia? Seriously?

    Investing in Russia? Seriously?

    Russia probably isn’t the first place that springs to mind when somebody suggests diversifying your investment portfolio. As recently as a…

    Africa

    Somalia’s Lifeline of Aid Pinched at the Source

    Somalia’s Lifeline of Aid Pinched at the Source

    Few countries in the world lack a formal banking system, but Somalia is one that does. Nearly half of the population has relied on money transfers from…

    America

    The Top Banks of the US Earn Passing Grades from the Fed for First Round of Stress Tests

    The Top Banks of the US Earn Passing Grades from the Fed for First Round of Stress Tests

    The 31 largest banks of the United States received at least one thumb up from the US Federal Reserve after sailing through the first phase of their…

    Asia Pacific

    China Banking Regulatory Commission Invites More Private Investment into Banking System

    China Banking Regulatory Commission Invites More Private Investment into Banking System

    Top Chinese banking authorities are in the process of gradually releasing the country’s banking system from the state’s ironclad grip. The People’s Republic of China’s top banking…

    Australasia

    New Zealand’s Central Bank Targets Residential-Property-Investment Mortgages

    New Zealand’s Central Bank Targets Residential-Property-Investment Mortgages

    The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ), concerned about the country’s booming rental-investment market and the potential impact of bad loans on domestic lenders, is planning to…

    Caribbean

    RBC Trust Company Bahamas Facing Criminal Charges Lodged by French Prosecutors

    RBC Trust Company Bahamas Facing Criminal Charges Lodged by French Prosecutors

    Royal Bank of Canada, Canada’s largest financial institution by most measures, is in the process of closing many, if not all, of its wealth-management offices in the…

    Europe

    The ECB’s QE Program Begins with a Round of Bond-Purchasing

    The ECB’s QE Program Begins with a Round of Bond-Purchasing

    Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, announced at a news conference in Cyprus on March 5th that the bank’s long-anticipated 19-month, 1.1-trillion-euro quantitative-easing program would…

    Latin America

    Brazil’s Petrobras Scandal Embroils a Number of High-Ranking Government Officials

    Brazil’s Petrobras Scandal Embroils a Number of High-Ranking Government Officials

    Brazil’s state-controlled, multinational oil and gas giant, Petrobras, has fallen dramatically both in prestige and finances in recent months, bringing down the reputations of many of the…

    Mid-East

    National Bank of Abu Dhabi’s Growth Strategy

    National Bank of Abu Dhabi’s Growth Strategy

    National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD), the United Arab Emirates’ second largest lender and the emirate of Abu Dhabi’s first and largest bank, is planning to spread…