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    The IMF And G20 Worries Regarding The Financial Markets

    The IMF And G20 Worries Regarding The Financial Markets

    The International Monetary Fund has warned world leaders of a possible financial crisis caused by the exit of capital from emerging markets if the Federal Reserve of the…

    The US Asset Bubble and Global Market Correction

    The US Asset Bubble and Global Market Correction

    The US Federal Reserve Board of Governors has created a committee to watch for signs of an asset-price bubble. The Committee on Financial Stability will be led by…

    Banking

    Why the ECB Is Cutting Interest Rates and Embarking on an Asset-Purchase Program

    Why the ECB Is Cutting Interest Rates and Embarking on an Asset-Purchase Program

    The European Central Bank (ECB) announced new measures to save the deteriorating economy of the…

    Next Bank Europe to Host Retail-Banking Hackathon in Barcelona

    Next Bank Europe to Host Retail-Banking Hackathon in Barcelona

    An international initiative focusing on innovation for business is organizing a so-called “hackathon” in Barcelona,…

    Job Cuts in US and European Investment Banks; Australian Ones Hire

    Job Cuts in US and European Investment Banks; Australian Ones Hire

    Cost-cutting efforts among some of the biggest financial institutions in the world have failed to…

    Can the BRICS New Development Bank Compete with the World Bank and the IMF?

    Can the BRICS New Development Bank Compete with the World Bank and the IMF?

    In July, the BRICS countries – China, Russia, Brazil, India and South Africa – set…

    Comment

    The Eurozone Crisis and the Need for Effective Corporate Governance

    The Eurozone Crisis and the Need for Effective Corporate Governance

    There is one lesson that can be learned from the Eurozone economic crisis, and that is that there is a need to strengthen corporate governance in financial institutions.…

    Economic Development of Oman

    Economic Development of Oman

    The economic development of a country is generally driven by a handful of industries (or in many cases by a single industry) that propel the economy forward. In…

    Latin America Likely to Emerge Unscathed from Fed Tapering

    Latin America Likely to Emerge Unscathed from Fed Tapering

    The US Federal Reserve first launched its quantitative-easing program in the late autumn of 2008, as the financial crisis raged across the world. Three months earlier, Lehman Brothers…

    Brokerage

    Alibaba’s Winners & Losers

    Alibaba’s Winners & Losers

    The initial public offering of Alibaba Group raised $25 billion, making it the biggest IPO in world history. Alibaba, a Hangzhou-based…

    Saudi Arabia Opens Stock-Market Doors to Foreign Capital

    Saudi Arabia Opens Stock-Market Doors to Foreign Capital

    Saudi Arabia’s stock market always has been closed to direct participation of investors from abroad, but now the kingdom is looking…

    Lloyds in $105-Million Libor-Rigging Settlement with the CFTC

    Lloyds in $105-Million Libor-Rigging Settlement with the CFTC

    The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission has ordered Lloyds to pay $105 million to settle charges of manipulating the London Interbank…

    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…