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Asia Pacific Finance

China’s Tug of War Between Central and Commercial Banks

Chinese banks experienced an unexpected credit crunch in the past weeks. On June 20, the Shanghai Interbank Offered Rate (SHIBOR) and overnight repo rate reached, at certain points, 25% and 30%

Finance North America

Convexity Hedging Increases Risk in US Markets

If you have been watching the yield curve for U.S. treasuries, you will have noticed a rise in interest rates pretty much across the board. As Treasury yields go north,

Finance South and Central Asia

Lack of regulation limits Afghan gem mining

The lack of clear industry rules is hampering the growth of Afghanistan’s mining sector. Blessed with mineral wealth, Kabul remains unable to utilize it. Afghanistan lacks the major gas and

Finance North America

Apple fall afoul of U.S Corporate Tax Code

Apple’s refusal to engage with politics in Washington has cost them an embarrassing news cycle. Investors should pay attention to tech companies’ political influence as the industry experiences growing regulatory pains.

Asia Pacific Finance

Keep calm over China’s surging shadow banking

Five years after the 2007-08 financial crisis, the term ‘shadow banking’ can still stir up a sense of fear, at least among investors in China. In January 2013, Shang Fulin,

Finance Sub-Saharan Africa

Nigeria’s opportunity to diversify bank lending

The level of concentration of Nigeria’s banking sector is enough to give investors cause for concern, as five banks control nearly 60% of the market. In 2005 and 2009, excesses

Finance Sub-Saharan Africa

Hot Money in Nigeria’s Capital Markets

Nigeria is the new kid on the block when it comes to international capital markets, with Abuja gaining international economic and political attention. The setting for the World Economic Forum,

Finance North America

Bitcoin: Scam or viable currency alternative?

There is a sense in which the entire Bitcoin debate is profoundly unsettling, highlighting the fact that most currencies today are just like it – fictional, fiat money, printed and

Europe Finance

Slovenia faces insurmountable debt crisis

There certainly are bad apples in the Slovenian basket; the question is whether the rot will spread to the entire economy and force a bailout of the country. When Cyprus

Finance Sub-Saharan Africa

Is Africa the new Eldorado for capital investors?

Over the next three years economic growth of Sub-Saharan Africa reaches 5% and will be higher than aggregate world growth. Capital investors are noticing. In an economic context of recession