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Evan Harvey, Nasdaq – SPACs and ESG: Convergence or Collision?

The capital markets love nothing more than a new idea, especially one that promises to reward a little due diligence with a lot of return. The idea of ESG (environmental, social, and governance) has tantalised investors in this way. According

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Jamie Smith: Champion of Tech that Keeps Crypto Functioning was Once in the Doubters’ Camp Herself

Jamie Smith has great enthusiasm for blockchain, the secure distributed database technology that underlies cryptocurrency major players such as Bitcoin, Litecoin and Ethereum. The former White House deputy press secretary has held senior communications positions in organisations such as the

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World Bank on COVID-19: The Road Back Must Be Green, Resilient, and Inclusive

By Axel van Trotsenburg World Bank Managing Director of Operations COVID-19 has imposed a deeper, more widespread shock than the global community has faced in many decades. The pandemic is causing illness and death, disrupting livelihoods, and potentially pushing an

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Mackenzie Scott: Giving Wealth Away

Mackenzie Scott, the third-richest woman in the world, last year started giving her wealth away. “There are lots of resources each of us can pull from our safes to share with others,” she said. “I have a disproportionate amount of

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A Possible Tug-of-war Between the Fed and the Markets

The projections for United States GDP released by the Federal Reserve on March 17, pointed to a growth rate of 6.5% in 2021, well above December’s 4.2% forecast. Congressional approval of the Biden administration’s $1.9 trillion fiscal package and the

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Rosabeth Moss Kanter: A Glowing Academic Career that Defies Attempts at Abbreviation

The problem of profiling Rosabeth Moss Kanter, holder of the Ernest L Arbuckle Professorship at Harvard Business School, is trying to fit her accolades into the allotted space. Kanter advises CEOs and senior executives via her consulting group, and was

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IBM Thought Leadership: Transform Bank Business Models and Client Engagement With Open Hybrid Multicloud

Paolo Sironi is the global research leader in Banking and Financial Markets at IBM, Institute of Business Value. IBV is the thought leadership centre of IBM. In this article, Paolo discusses banks’ transition to new business architectures based on open

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SASB CEO Janine Guillot: Following Personal Passions Into the World of Sustainability

Janine Guillot, CEO of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), has an enduring love of the great outdoors that has stoked and strengthened her passion for sustainability. Guillot graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and began her career as

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IFC’s Blended Finance Department: Blending Public and Private Finance to Invest in Challenging Markets

What can be done to encourage more private investment in developing countries, especially the poorest and most fragile? This question lies at the heart of the development challenge today. Governments and development institutions alike recognise that the private sector is

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The Size of Biden’s Fiscal Package

The monetary policy report submitted by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System to the U.S. Congress on Friday Feb. 19 showed that the Fed’s members have improved economic growth expectations for 2021 and 2022, expect lower unemployment

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