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Cheers to a New Era: The Development of Singapore as an ASEAN Asset Management Hub

July 26, 2018 • SPECIAL FEATURES, In-depth, Global Capital MarketsComments (0)

Singapore is a great place for investors because of the country’s good legal and political environment. Like Luxembourg, it has a stable political and social environment and a strong economy and can regulate its investors in a responsive and experienced manner. However, in Asian countries, the differences are distinct economically – from the GDP per

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Making Financial Advice Affordable to the Masses in the Age of Digitalisation

July 24, 2018 • FINANCE & BANKING, Digital Transformation, Editor’s Choice, Banking Innovation, Personal FinanceComments (0)

By Tim France-Massey Many people in the UK struggle to navigate their way through uncertainty in the current financial climate and achieve their financial planning goals. However new regulations have resulted in a market influx of fintech companies and

Financial Inclusion in India: Social Enterprises as the Unlikely Heroes

July 24, 2018 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, India, Responsible Finance, World DevelopmentComments (0)

By D. Anisha Adhikari and Siddhant Mishra Financial inclusion in India has been the area of focus for the government and social enterprises for some time now. While the tribal populace, especially women, stay largely excluded from access to financial

Singapore’s Governance, Prosperity, and Future Challenges

July 24, 2018 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, SPECIAL FEATURES, Asia - Pacific, Governance & RegulationComments (0)

By Ian Austin The Singapore government post-GFC has moved to “anchor” in selected sectors and the peak MNEs within these designs for long-term national economic growth, and it showed how the national polity through the varying 2011 and 2015 election

Mainstreaming Islamic Social Finance

July 24, 2018 • FINANCE & BANKING, Asia - Pacific, Responsible FinanceComments (0)

By Ebi Junaidi and Primandanu FA Over the years, Zakah (mandatory alms-giving), waqf (Islamic endowment funds) and Islamic not-for-profit microfinance have been regarded as traditional and miniscule in importance. In this article, the authors present the

The European Divorce: How will Brexit Affect People on Both Sides?

July 4, 2018 • Personal Finance, Special Focus on BrexitComments (0)

The Brexit is one of the most highly contested political events of our time. It is fraught with difficulty, confusion, and uncertainty. When Britons voted to leave the European Union on June 23, 2016, talking heads and political pundits were convinced that

Insurtechs: Threat or Opportunity for Insurance Incumbents?

May 31, 2018 • FINANCE & BANKING, EMERGING TRENDS, Digital Transformation, Banking InnovationComments (1)

By Karel Cool, Christophe Angoulvant and Brian Rogers The article gives data on global investment in InsurTech ventures and discusses the most common strategies and business models these companies have pursued: technology-upgrade, customer-disintermediation,

Singapore as an ASEAN Asset Management Hub

May 30, 2018 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, SPECIAL FEATURES, Global Giants, Editor’s Choice, Asia - Pacific, Global Capital Markets, Top Investment DestinationsComments (0)

By Francis Koh and Boris Liedtke Singapore like other ASEAN countries is also confronted with the universal challenge of retirement funding. Nonetheless, the authors argue that Singapore can address such headwind through a number of policy changes and that

Why Cryptocurrencies are not Currencies (yet)

May 29, 2018 • FINANCE & BANKING, Global Capital MarketsComments (0)

By Mike Seiferling Over the past few years, the terms ‘block-chain’ and ‘cryptocurrency’ have gained enthusiastic international front-page news and YouTube attention, largely due to the extreme appreciation and volatility in value of the latter

Islamic Endowment Meets Yale Endowment Model in SDG Path

May 23, 2018 • FINANCE & BANKING, Responsible FinanceComments (0)

By Yunice Karina Tumewang The economy underdevelopment becomes a mainstream problem faced by Muslim countries globally and remains obscure. Waqf is often suggested to be a panacea for that problem. However, the huge potential of utilising waqf for effective