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Financial Transformation to Sustain the Arab Firestorm

May 26, 2012 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, FINANCE & BANKING, In-depth, Banking Innovation, Middle East & Africa, Unprotected PostComments (0)

By Nasser Saidi The Arab world needs to undertake major structural transformations if it is to effectively address the challenges laid bare by the Arab Firestorm. Greater regional economic & financial integration, the development of local currency financial markets should be high on the agenda of policy makers’ priorities. You might also like:

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Basel I, II, III – We Want It All at Once

May 26, 2012 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, FINANCE & BANKING, China, Governance & RegulationComments (0)

By Violaine Cousin The complexity of Basel II and III has reached China. In a revolutionary turn within seven years, the Chinese bank regulator has introduced capital adequacy as the tool of choice for supervision and ensured that banks in the process remain

99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality Is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About It

May 26, 2012 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, FINANCE & BANKING, EMERGING TRENDS, SPECIAL FEATURES, Capitalism in the 21st Century, Global Giants, Editor’s Choice, Americas, Asia - Pacific, China, Europe, Global Capital Markets, India, Middle East & Africa, Unprotected Post, World DevelopmentComments (0)

By Chuck Collins At the root of social movements around the world is the emergence, in the last three decades, of extreme inequalities of income, wealth and power. Chuck Collins argues that “we are the 99 percent” is a useful lens to understand these

Does China Want to Buy Up Europe? Europe’s Crisis and China’s Reluctant Rise

March 3, 2012 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, FINANCE & BANKING, EMERGING TRENDS, CRITICAL ANALYSIS, Capitalism in the 21st Century, World Politics, Global Giants, China, Europe, Global Capital Markets, Unprotected PostComments (0)

By Roland Benedikter and Jae-Seung Lee In the occasion of Germany’s Angela Merkel’s visit to China on 3rd February 2012, Chinese premier Wen Jiabao stated that “China does not want to buy Europe”. While unusual in international diplomacy, Chinese

Italy: A Consumer Story

March 3, 2012 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, CULTURE & LIFESTYLE, Europe, Personal FinanceComments (0)

By Emanuela Scarpellini Can we go on consuming as we do today, perhaps even more so? Would it not be better to devise a consumer model that is more thrifty and balanced, maybe on the lines of yesteryear? You might also like: Decrypting The Aspiring Indian

Shaping Global Political Realities: The Workings of Transnational Elite Networks

March 3, 2012 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, CRITICAL ANALYSIS, World Politics, Governance & RegulationComments (0)

By Ian N. Richardson, Andrew P. Kakabadse & Nada K. Kakabadse Over the past two decades, there has been a dramatic change in the way international politics is conducted. Gone are the structural certainties of the Cold War and, in their place, are more

Transforming Government – Nine Critical Steps

March 3, 2012 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, FINANCE & BANKING, CRITICAL ANALYSIS, World Politics, Editor’s Choice, Governance & Regulation, Unprotected PostComments (0)

By Andrew Kakabadse The transformation of government can no longer rely on past century models of public administration. Effectively integrating structural alignment with the sensitivities required for engagement is the key. You might also like: Decrypting

Solving the Asset–Shortage Problem of Emerging Markets

March 3, 2012 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, FINANCE & BANKING, EMERGING TRENDS, Frontier Markets, Asia - Pacific, China, Global Capital Markets, India, Middle East & AfricaComments (0)

By Patrick Imam The growing appetite for emerging market financial assets (such as equity or bonds) by local and foreign investors has not been met by a commensurate increase in the supply of these assets. This is because an economy’s ability to produce

Conventional versus Islamic Private Equity

January 4, 2012 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, FINANCE & BANKING, EMERGING TRENDS, Frontier Markets, Global Capital Markets, Middle East & Africa, Personal FinanceComments (1)

By Mohamed Ali Chatti and Ouidad Yousfi There are some similarities between Islamic and conventional PE, like for example the active participation, the quick exit of the PE fund and the close partnership. But they display also different features. You might

From A Niche Market To The Mainstream: What Has Driven Islamic Banking Growth?

January 4, 2012 • FINANCE & BANKING, EMERGING TRENDS, Frontier Markets, Banking Innovation, Middle East & Africa, Personal FinanceComments (0)

By Patrick Imam and Kangni Kpodar Despite the rapid growth in Islamic banking during the past decade, challenges remain, pointing to the need for further reforms and greater harmonization in the interpretation of what is Shariah compliant between Islamic