PwC: Nigerian Report on Ease of Doing Business

In 2016, the Nigerian economy was in a recession recording negative growth of 1.5%. This was mainly triggered by the fall in crude oil prices. There were also foreign exchange shortages and inflation which affected the growth of the services

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The Current Crypto Bear Market & The Future of Blockchain – Asset Backed Token (ABT) ICOs

The current crypto bear market is due much to the network value well exceeding the number of transactions at the end of last year. The last time this happened was in late 2013 and resulted in a correction that did

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Book Review: The Neighborhood by Mario Vargas Llosa

Missed Opportunity These are not the best of times for Peruvian novelist and Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa. A liberal on continent mostly ruled by demagogues who pay lip service to whatever ideology is in vogue, the writer has sought

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RegTech to the Rescue

The banking and other parts of the financial services industry are undergoing an all-encompassing digital transformation. Soon, disruptive technologies will revolutionise the sector globally. Since the global crisis in 2008 there has been no shortage of new regulations. Banks have

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Ian Fletcher – Fourth Industrial Revolution: Positioning for Change

We are living in one of the most transformational times in human history, creating a paradigm shift that will bring change at a speed, scale, and force unlike anything we’ve ever experienced before. This paradigm shift is widely recognised as

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CryptoEvolution™: Why Bitcoin Will Overtake Fiat

First, There Was QE Two things happened after the financial collapse of 2008. First, the US Federal Reserve started printing money in furious fashion to rescue banks and businesses “too big to fail.” The extreme amounts of excess capital which

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Kenneth Rogoff: Are Emerging Markets the Canary in the Financial Coal Mine?

Are brewing exchange-rate and debt crises in Argentina and Turkey localised events without broader implications? Or are they early warning signs of deeper fragilities in bloated global debt markets that are being exposed as the US Federal Reserve continues to

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Roberta Pinotti: Top Performance on a Shoestring

For Italian Defence Minister Roberta Pinotti it is all about attaining economies of scale. Whilst EU member states spend over €226bn annually on their military and can field a million plus combat troops, a large chunk of the cash is

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RegTech Landscape for Increased Compliance Needs

Regtech solutions seemed to offer the solution to financial institutions’ (FIs) compliance woes when they first came to prominence around 24 months ago, gaining support from regulators and investors alike. However, many of the companies offering these solutions haven’t scaled

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Marc Langenbrinck, Mercedes-Benz Schweiz CEO: Finding and Keeping the Exact Right Competitive Angle

Mercedes-Benz is enjoying a great run. Its cars have set new sales records in Switzerland, Spain, Belgium, Portugal, and Poland – and elsewhere. In fact, the iconic German carmaker just reported its 60th consecutive month of record sales. Last year,

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