All articles in 'Finance and Banking'


Donor Funds and the Elusive Accountability

Today when you join an NGO, the first question likely to be asked is whether you have skills in writ...

31st August 2012
Global Challenges and Emerging Economies

Regulations that are sensible in the developed country context may not be applicable in the developi...

9th October 2012
Nigeria: The Debt Evasion Cancer

Nigerian bank debts are shunned by foreign investors because there is hardly worthy collateral on wh...

25th September 2012
Microfinance: Key to Achieving MDGs

The success of micro-finance in Africa will require joint efforts by the governments, the private se...

28th September 2008
US Financial Crisis: Harvard's Credibility Questio...

Those unquestionably intelligent and competent Wall Street brokers, many of them graduates of Harvar...

4th October 2008
Financial Crisis: Is China Swallowing the US ?

China has accumulated billions in foreign reserves while America has effectively bankrupted itself.S...

28th September 2008
Kenyan Banks: Strategic Vision or Ill-fated Overst...

Analysts have attributed the sudden surge in acquisition interest by the international banks to the...

21st September 2008
The Government-Created Subprime Crisis

Half the mortgages in the world’s biggest economy have been re-nationalised. That’s right re-nationa...

23rd September 2008
Does the EU Want America to Fall?

A giant rift in monetary policy has left the U.S. and the rest of the West deeply divided. Is the Eu...

30th September 2008
The Start of the United States Fall from World Pow...

Nothing that Senators John McCain and Barack Obama promise or actually do if elected US President, w...

23rd September 2008
The bottom is Near but a Long, Hard Slog Lies Ahea...

The world economy may soon stop shrinking, but recovery will not return us to the boom years that in...

11th August 2009
If I Were the Finance Minister…

One of the lessons to be drawn from the financial crisis is that we must henceforth refrain from ove...

23rd November 2009
Global Recession: Is the Worst Over?

Economics is a dismal science because of the difficulty in getting the timing of monetary and fiscal...

26th January 2010
Debt Forgiveness: Does it Help the Poor?

Debt forgiveness grants aid to those recipients that have best proven their ability to misuse that a...

19th October 2009
Africa’s Currencies: Lessons from the European Uni...

If African countries were to adopt only one policy to boost economic growth and improve macroeconomi...

7th September 2009
Incremental Innovation:7 Small but Sure Steps to S...

Technology has been the single largest enabler of banking innovation in recent years. On the flip si...

15th December 2009
Economics and the Search for Values

No system in the world is sustainable if it is not underpinned by a sense of morals, ethics and valu...

16th November 2009
Flat Tax Will Revitalise SA Economy

South Africa, at 40%, has one of the highest marginal tax rates of all middle-income countries

30th January 2010
Re-building a Healthy Financial System and Banking...

The most important factor in selecting a bank today is the ability to create a deep relationship; th...

23rd June 2009
Zimbabwe: In Defence of Mr Biti's Budget

Mr Biti's efforts are meant to reverse the impact of economic meltdown and to promote more economic...

27th July 2009
SAA Should Quit State Patronage

When governments protect public enterprises by keeping out potential competitors or making taxpayers...

23rd June 2009
Financial Feminism: Solution for Women?

Every woman, whether single, married, divorced or widowed ought to take immediate control of her own...

7th August 2009
Can the Effects of Global Financial Crisis be Miti...

During the past decades, many academics, professionals and policy makers (including the government)...

27th October 2009
African Development Bank: Predator?

Rating is a not pure science and will never be when most of what happens in the world is seen along...

1st October 2009
Do Currencies Float, Swim or just Sink?

Countries which are not willing to let the exchange rate fluctuate need a large cushion of reserves...

28th July 2009
Foreign Aid Does More Harm than Good to Africa

Attempts by donors to impose their organizational structures on Africa create confusion - and force...

10th November 2009
Microfinance in Egypt: Missed Opportunities to Emp...

As long as microfinance organizations limit their own missions to be solely financial in nature, we...

22nd December 2009
Incremental Innovation: 7 Small but Sure Steps to...

Why Banking Innovation?  Innovation is a powerful weapon of differentiation for financial instituti...

14th December 2009
Can the Effects of Global Financial Crisis be Miti...

The roles of the IMF should be reviewed to adapt to a new international financial environment which...

2nd November 2009
Private Firms: Engines of Economic Growth

South Africa is fast approaching a watershed moment as Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan prepares for...

18th January 2010
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