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The Role of Ethical Finance in the Well Being of the 21st Century Societies

September 30, 2015 • FINANCE & BANKING, Banking Innovation, Global Capital Markets, Governance & Regulation, Personal FinanceComments (0)

By Sofia Santos According to the Report produced by the Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress, chaired by Joseph Stiglitz, it is acknowledged that “…GDP is an inadequate metric to gauge well-being over time particularly in its economic, environmental, and social dimensions, some aspects of which are often referred to

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Will There be Such a ‘Think’ as Responsible Investment Banking One Day?

September 30, 2015 • FINANCE & BANKING, Banking Innovation, Global Capital Markets, Governance & Regulation, Personal FinanceComments (1)

By Karen Wendt In this article, Karen Wendt, the editor of Responsible Investment Banking: Risk Management Frameworks, Sustainable Financial Innovation and Softlaw Standards, gives our readers an introduction to her latest body of work which is a collection

The Origins of Business

June 4, 2015 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, FINANCE & BANKING, Banking Innovation, Global Capital Markets, Personal FinanceComments (1)

By Keith Roberts This essay outlines how business entities began and grew to become the recognizable ancestors of modern business. It suggests that deliberate innovation and marketing are the principal distinctions between modern and ancient business, and

The Obstacles To Women’s Entrepreneurship In Europe And How To Deal With Them

June 4, 2015 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, BUSINESS & INNOVATION, Europe, Personal FinanceComments (2)

By Viviane De Beaufort An increasing number of women are interested in creating their own business – yet even in the 21st century, there are still obstacles that face them. Viviane de Beaufort distinguishes between the different types of women wishing to

Transformation of Financial Services in Northeast Asian Banks: An Unexpected, but Pleasant, Cultural Surprise

January 25, 2015 • FINANCE & BANKING, BUSINESS & INNOVATION, CULTURE & LIFESTYLE, Asia - Pacific, Banking Innovation, Personal FinanceComments (0)

By Jung Kee Hong and You-il Lee   Below Dr. Jung Kee Hong and Dr. You-il Lee explore the new emergence of financial market trends shown in Northeast Asia, such as the rapid growth in bancassurance in Korea and Taiwan. The authors offer an analysis on a

Making Sustainable Attainable

September 26, 2014 • FINANCE & BANKING, CULTURE & LIFESTYLE, SPECIAL FEATURES, Capitalism in the 21st Century, Banking Innovation, Personal Finance, Unprotected PostComments (0)

By Ian Brooks From its early beginnings as a financially risky and purely philanthropic venture, Sustainable Investing has evolved into not only a viable but also a financially rewarding sector. Below, Ian Brooks makes the case for Sustainable Investment and

Shadow Bankers Fight a Losing Battle in China

September 26, 2014 • FINANCE & BANKING, China, Global Capital Markets, Personal FinanceComments (0)

By Joe Zhang “If President Xi Jinping wants Chinese people to realise their own ‘China dream’, he must tame the credit monster. Shadow banking is only the shadow, not the monster waiting in the shadows.” Below, Joe Zhang argues that shadow banking is

Fair Lending Compliance for Mortgage Lenders – An International Concern

May 13, 2013 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, FINANCE & BANKING, Personal FinanceComments (0)

By Anna DeSimone Both the U.S. and the European Union are addressing the problems believed to have created the financial crisis by heightening consumer protection in the mortgage lending sector. Regulations such as the Dodd-Frank Act (U.S.) and the European

Mortgage Lending Solutions for Troubled Markets

March 14, 2013 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, FINANCE & BANKING, SPECIAL FEATURES, Global Giants, Personal Finance, Unprotected PostComments (0)

By Anna DeSimone Creation of wealth began with farmers who planted something into the land and earned income from harvesting food. Others created wealth from something taken from the ground, such as oil, coal and other minerals. In many countries around the

A Golden Opportunity?

May 27, 2012 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, FINANCE & BANKING, BUSINESS & INNOVATION, CULTURE & LIFESTYLE, SPECIAL FEATURES, Global Giants, Europe, Global Capital Markets, Personal Finance, Unprotected PostComments (0)

By Andy Simpson Since 2009, there has been a 192.6% increase in volumes of Single Malt Scotch Whisky (SMSW) sold at auction in the UK, a testament to the increasing popularity of SMSW, not just as a drink, but a valued collectable and an increasingly viable