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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 common cultural value that Korean and Taiwanese banking …

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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

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

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

An Inquiry into Why America Spends While the World Saves

January 4, 2012 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, FINANCE & BANKING, CULTURE & LIFESTYLE, Americas, Personal FinanceComments (0)

By Sheldon Garon Recently the issue of saving has become maybe too exciting. Despite a booming economy, household saving rates sank to near-zero levels by 2005. Three years later, the U.S. economy experienced a housing and financial meltdown from which we