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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 Low-Income Consumer Food and Fuel Excess: The Dark Side …

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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

A Comment on “The American Mortgage System: Crisis and Reform”

January 4, 2012 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, Americas, Global Capital Markets, Personal FinanceComments (0)

By Marvin M. Smith, Anthony Orlando, and Susan Wachter “If price discovery continues to be unattainable in both the subprime, structured CDO and lower quality markets, and if bridges become non-liquefiable, then what we have is a ‘financing’ dilemma.

Time to Win Investors Over

January 4, 2012 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, FINANCE & BANKING, EMERGING TRENDS, Capitalism in the 21st Century, Editor’s Choice, Global Capital Markets, Governance & Regulation, Personal Finance, Unprotected PostComments (0)

By Baruch Lev Managers need to be able to respond to investors’ concerns and regain their trust, but their response is seriously hindered by the numerous myths and misconceptions they hold about investors and capital markets. This article explains why. You

Putting Mind into Markets

January 4, 2012 • FINANCE & BANKING, SPECIAL FEATURES, Editor’s Choice, In-depth, Banking Innovation, Personal Finance, Unprotected PostComments (0)

By David Tuckett The 2008 financial crisis showed that human emotion has a critical impact on financial markets. The newly established discipline of ’emotional finance’, pioneered by David Tuckett, draws on principles of psychoanalysis to enable

Investing in Liquid Gold

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

Whisky is rapidly becoming the new wine as people look for different ways of investing and growing their cash. Independent whisky expert Dominic Roskrow looks in to the rise of liquid gold. You might also like: China’s One Belt, One Road Initiative Promotes