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QFINANCE is a unique collaboration of more than 300 of the world’s leading practitioners and visionaries in finance and financial management, covering key aspects of finance including risk and cash-flow management, operations, macro issues, regulation, auditing, and raising capital.

Vickers' Banking Reforms: Yay or Nay?

Date: 23 September 2011

 23 September 2011. Sir John Vickers recently unveiled the Independent Banking Commission’s proposed reforms for the United Kingdom’s bloated and dysfunctional banking sector. In the 358-page article, neither the words “ethics” nor “ethical” are mentioned once. Is it any wonder that many have lambasted the report as a “total waste of time”?


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Takeover Turmoil: Problems Pile Up For The Bank of America

Date: 16 September 2011


16 September 2011. In 2008, the Bank of America (BoA) purchased Countrywide Financial for US$4 billion. However, in the aftermath of the housing bubble bust, the purchase of Countrywide has already brought losses in excess of US$30 billion to BoA – forcing BoA’s CEO, Brian Moynihan to sell an equivalent amount of assets in an attempt to right the ship. But, this was not an isolated incident. The wreckage of such deals has littered banking history in recent years. 


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Haven and Hell: Norway’s Looming Economic Dilemma

Date: 13 September 2011

 13 September 2011. The Norwegian economy has thus far shown remarkable resilience to the global financial crisis. The Norwegian krone is seen as a reliable currency, while many investors consider Norway as a “safe haven” to park their cash. Yet, the surge in the value of krone may lead to economic problems in the future. Will Norway’s “safe haven” status negatively impact its economic health?

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Investing in Iraq: Ingenious or Insane?

Date: 6 September 2011

 6 September 2011. Iraq’s economy is recovering fast. Despite ever-present threats to its political, social and economic stability, the IMF still expects its GDP to grow by 12.5 percent in 2011 – largely on the back of increased oil exports, and high energy prices – after growth of just 1 percent last year. So, is this the right time to invest in Iraq?

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Blowing in the Wind: Europe’s Energy Debate Has Stalled

Date: 31 August 2011

 31 August 2011. The future of energy in Europe is trapped in a political quagmire. As a result of the political bickering among opposing views in European parliaments, little is being done to address the energy problems for the future. Will a compromise be reached?

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Elitist Nonsense - Shattered by Paul Krugman

Date: 29 July 2011

29 July 2011. Who really got us into this mess? In Wall Street, in the City, in the corridors of Whitehall and Washington DC, and in the Berlaymont Building, it's quite common for the general public to be blamed. The Nobel prize-winning economist Paul Krugman has written a New York Times column that does a great job of puncturing such nonsense. Read what he has to say about the real causes of the financial crisis.

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Stock Market Mergers: Steady Marriage or Failing Long Distance Relationships?

Date: 19 July 2011

19 July 2011. When Deutsche Boerse wanted to merge with the London Stock Exchange in 2004 there was an outcry. When the LSE wanted to merge with TMX the Canadians got into a knot. When NASDAQ and ICE (the Intercontinental Exchange) decided, in April this year, to launch a hostile counter bid for the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Euronext in the teeth of an agreed Deutsche Boerse  bid. At the time of writing, the London Stock Exchange’s bid for the Toronto Exchange TMX, which most people, including the LSE and TMX, thought was a done deal, had just collapsed. Why are exchanges all round the world looking to partner up, even if the partner is a continent away?

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Is Corporate Regulation Protecting Consumers or Making Life Harder?

Date: 15 July 2011

15 July 2011. Organizations today can both create and manage risk on a global scale. Their capacities to manage risk however, vary enormously. Risk regulation is often a crisis response and focus on macroeconomic stability, fair competition and consumer protection – but how much regulation is too much and when does it eliminate more important activities?

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