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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, and transaction-enabling. The models are illustrated with a brief review of three companies: Shift

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When Technology Meets Finance: An Interview with CFO, Rabobank Asia Niels Boudeling

April 2, 2018 • FINANCE & BANKING, BUSINESS & INNOVATION, SPECIAL FEATURES, Banking Innovation, Strategies for the Changing World, Top CFO/Financial Director InterviewsComments (0)

Finance leaders are aware of the tremendous impact of technological advancements and of the need to improve their business strategies to keep their competitive advantage. In our conversation with Niels Boudeling, CFO at Rabobank Asia, we explored the changing

Cryptocurrency: Advancing Kazakhstan’s Economy and Investment?

March 28, 2018 • FINANCE & BANKING, Asia - Pacific, Banking Innovation, Global Capital MarketsComments (0)

By Samantha Brletich Aimed at developing markets, cryptocurrency, and attracting investment, Kazakhstan created the Astana International Financial Center (AIFC). Such move, however, is not a panacea for Kazakhstan’s feeble investment climate as it has to

Strategic ALM and Integrated Balance Sheet Management: The Future of Bank Risk Management

February 1, 2018 • FINANCE & BANKING, Banking InnovationComments (0)

 By Moorad Choudhry The traditional approach to asset-liability management (ALM) practice in banks operated as a reactive process following product origination by the customer-facing business. In the Basel III era a more proactive approach to ALM is

Digitisation asks Fundamental Questions of the Accountancy Sector

January 26, 2018 • FINANCE & BANKING, Digital Transformation, Banking InnovationComments (0)

By Ben Laker   Estimated at $23 billion, the Digital transformation market is growing rapidly across the globe, with 23 percent of activity residing in the UK, 21 percent in Australia and 20 percent in the US. According to Source Global Research $5

Lessons from a Bank-Free Investment: Peer to Peer Lending, Risks, and Returns

November 7, 2017 • FINANCE & BANKING, Banking Innovation, Global Capital Markets, Personal FinanceComments (0)

By Nicholas Read and Anthony Mahler Bonus time is approaching for many executives. So what’s the best way to put that money to work for you? The options are myriad, but the rise of peer to peer lending presents an interesting new alternative. After 20 years

When Waqf meets Banks

May 30, 2017 • FINANCE & BANKING, Banking Innovation, Personal Finance, Responsible FinanceComments (0)

By Ebi Junaidi Global economy has been leaning toward innovations focussed in achieving sustainability. Ebi Junaidi promotes the age-old Waqf “movement” established by the Muslims. The Waqf system, with its philanthropic nature, does not only motivate

Active Investing? That’s So Twentieth Century

June 6, 2016 • FINANCE & BANKING, Editor’s Choice, Banking Innovation, Global Capital Markets, Personal Finance, Unprotected PostComments (0)

By Edward Morris The movement to passive investing has been unrelenting. Investors may harbour doubts that the markets are perfectly efficient, but they increasingly act as though they are, and index funds have become their investment of choice. The twentieth

Rejuvenating the European Economy: The Role of Islamic Finance

May 26, 2016 • FINANCE & BANKING, SPECIAL FEATURES, Editor’s Choice, Banking Innovation, Europe, Governance & Regulation, Responsible Finance, Top Investment DestinationsComments (0)

By Sohail Jaffer Commenting on the sharp decline in European banks’ share prices in the early weeks of 2016, which it described as a “concern”, the IMF advised that “a robust banking sector is required to support investment and economic recovery.”

Where Have All the American Banks Gone?

December 1, 2015 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, FINANCE & BANKING, Americas, Banking Innovation, Global Capital Markets, Governance & RegulationComments (0)

By Robert E. Wright and Richard Sylla With the evolution of banking over the years, many banks have flourished and declined in America. It has piqued our curiosity what happened to them, did they get absorbed by larger banks or go bankrupt? Robert Wright and