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Handbook of Asset and Liability Management - From Models to Optimal Return Strategies (Hardcover): Alexandre Adam Handbook of Asset and Liability Management - From Models to Optimal Return Strategies (Hardcover)
Alexandre Adam
R1,906 R1,727 Discovery Miles 17 270 Save R179 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The "Handbook of Asset & Liability Management: From Models to Optimal Return Strategies" is a Comprehensive resource for Asset and Liability Management (ALM) Professionals, providing the very latest global coverage of the topic.

Starting with a look at the history of Asset and Liability Management and the current climate, the book then examines a range of accounting and auditing obligations, including IFRS and balance sheet presentation. Balance sheet items and products modelling are then explained in detail as well as the entire associated range of financial and non-financial risks. As well as the practical issues encountered by ALM managers, the "Handbook of Asset Liability Management" also considers the growing quantitative aspects of the role, looking at a range of technical tools and applications including market simulations, stochastic calculations, delta equivalent computations, and traditional and non-traditional statistical tools.

The book then discusses capital requirements within the ALM context, notably the impacts of Basel II and solvency II and economic capital indicators. The final section of the book explains optimal return strategies, looking at risk perfect hedging, limits policies, income smoothing strategies and economic value management.

The accompanying CD ROM features demonstrations of some basic ALM problems such as ALM Delta Equivalent computation; FTP computation and ALM risk indicators computation. It also includes modelling examples such as demand deposits, savings and prepayment modelling; and practical examples taken from a simplified retail Banking ALM framework.

Banking - Ghana and Biafra to Bermuda - A Dozen Countries in Fifty Years (Paperback): Calum Johnston Banking - Ghana and Biafra to Bermuda - A Dozen Countries in Fifty Years (Paperback)
Calum Johnston
R325 R265 Discovery Miles 2 650 Save R60 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Calum Johnston commenced his banking career in Scotland, at the age of seventeen, at a time when the duties of a 'boy' in the bank included sweeping the floor and mixing the powder to make ink for the counter ink wells. In this volume he recounts banking practices long since forgotten. Remarkably, the author became a bank manager in the Gold Coast at the age of twenty-one. After moving to Nigeria he experienced the Biafra civil war during which he was arrested at gun point and interrogated more than once, having previously evacuated his family and other bank wives and children to the safety of Lagos. After joining a Canadian bank, the author worked on Wall Street, established the bank's first office in Hong Kong, managed branches in Malaysia and Jamaica and was responsible for lending throughout the Caribbean and Canada. For eleven years he was responsible for his bank's operations in over forty countries. After retiring Johnston was appointed President and CEO of a bank in Bermuda where he and his team produced outstanding results. He finished his working life in St. Maarten in the Caribbean

One Good Trade - Inside the Highly Competitive World of Proprietary Trading (Hardcover): Mike Bellafiore One Good Trade - Inside the Highly Competitive World of Proprietary Trading (Hardcover)
Mike Bellafiore
R1,279 R969 Discovery Miles 9 690 Save R310 (24%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

An inside look at what it really takes to become a better trader

A proprietary trading firm consists of a group of professionals who trade the capital of the firm. Their income and livelihood is generated solely from their ability to take profits consistently out of the markets. The world of prop trading is mentally and emotionally challenging, but offers substantial rewards to the select few who can master this craft called trading.

In "One Good Trade: Inside the Highly Competitive World of Proprietary Trading, " author Mike Bellafiore shares the principles and techniques that have enabled him to navigate the most challenging of markets over the past twelve years. He explains how he has imparted those techniques to an elite desk of traders at the proprietary trading firm he co-founded. In doing so, he lifts the veil on the inner workings of his firm, shedding light on the challenges of prop trading and insight on why traders succeed or fail.

An important contribution to trading literature, the book will help all traders by: Emphasizing the development of skills that are critical to success, such as the fundamentals of One Good Trade, Reading the Tape, and finding Stocks In PlayOutlining the factors that really make the difference between a consistently profitable trader and one who underperformsSharing entertaining, hysterical, and page turning stories of traders who have excelled or failed and why, many trained by the author, with an essential trading principle wrapped inside

Becoming a better trader takes discipline, skill development, and statistically profitable trading strategies, and this book will show you how to develop all three.

Sovereign Debt Crises and Negotiations in Brazil and Mexico, 1888-1914 - Governments versus Bankers (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018):... Sovereign Debt Crises and Negotiations in Brazil and Mexico, 1888-1914 - Governments versus Bankers (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018)
Leonardo Weller
R2,577 Discovery Miles 25 770 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book analyzes the relative balance of bargaining power between governments and the banks in charge of underwriting their debt during the first financial globalization. Brazil and Mexico, both indebted countries that underwent major changes in reputation and negotiating power as they faced financial crises, provide valuable case studies of government strategies for obtaining the best possible outcomes. Previous literature has focused on bankers' perspectives and emphasized that debtors were submissive during negotiations, but Weller finds that governments' negotiating power varied over time. He presents a new analytical framework that interprets when and why officials were likely to negotiate loans more or less effectively, with newly uncovered primary sources from debtors' and creditors' archives suggesting key causes of variation: fiscal accounts, political stability, and creditors' exposure and reputation.

Regulation of Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Technologies - National and International Perspectives (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018):... Regulation of Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Technologies - National and International Perspectives (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018)
Rosario Girasa
R3,092 R2,668 Discovery Miles 26 680 Save R424 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The book highlights the rise of Bitcoin, which is based on blockchain technology, and some of the many types of coins and tokens that emerged thereafter. Although Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have made national and international news with their dramatic rise and decline in value, nevertheless the underlying technology is being adopted by both industry and governments, which have noted the benefits of speed, cost efficiency, and protection from hacking. Based on numerous downloaded articles, laws, cases, and other materials, the book discusses the digital transformation, the types of cryptocurrencies, key actors, and the benefits and risks. It also addresses legal issues of digital technology and the evolving U.S. federal regulation. The varying treatment by individual U.S. states is reviewed together with attempts by organizations to arrive at a uniform regulatory regime. Both civil and criminal prosecutions are highlighted with an examination of the major cases that have arisen. Whether and how to tax cryptocurrency transactions both in the U.S. and internationally are analyzed, and ends with a speculative narrative of future developments.

Banking in Transition Economies - Developing Market Oriented Banking Sectors in Eastern Europe (Hardcover): John P. Bonin,... Banking in Transition Economies - Developing Market Oriented Banking Sectors in Eastern Europe (Hardcover)
John P. Bonin, Kalman Mizsei, Istvan P. Szekely, Paul Wachtel
R2,672 Discovery Miles 26 720 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Banking in Transition Economies is a modern analysis of banking in the transition economies of Central and Eastern Europe and includes a detailed examination of banking in the first five years of transition as well as policy recommendations for banking reform in the region. This authoritative book presents an extensive investigation of changes in the structure of the banking industry and the progress of privatization, particularly in Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic. Privatization and the restructuring of 'problem banks' are analysed as well as the strategy for re-capitalization and bank failure, and the role of foreign banks in bringing reform to the region. The book offers policy prescriptions for the transition from a passive banking structure to an active financial sector supporting the development of the industrial sector, and for the role of the state after privatization. This book will be of great importance to bankers in Central and Eastern Europe and economists interested in the process of transition, as well as financial and monetary economists.

Behind the Development Banks - Washington Politics, World Poverty, and the Wealth of Nations (Paperback): Sarah Babb Behind the Development Banks - Washington Politics, World Poverty, and the Wealth of Nations (Paperback)
Sarah Babb
R831 Discovery Miles 8 310 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The World Bank and other multilateral development banks (MDBs) carry out their mission to alleviate poverty and promote economic growth based on the advice of professional economists. But as Sarah Babb argues in "Behind the Development Banks", these organizations have also been indelibly shaped by Washington politics - particularly by the legislative branch and its power of the purse. Tracing American influence on MDBs over three decades, this volume assesses increased congressional activism and the perpetual 'selling' of banks to Congress by the executive branch. Babb contends that congressional reluctance to fund the MDBs has enhanced the influence of the United States on them by making credible America's threat to abandon the banks if its policy preferences are not followed. At a time when the United States' role in world affairs is being closely scrutinized, "Behind the Development Banks" will be necessary reading for anyone interested in how American politics helps determine the fate of developing countries.

Gambling with Other People's Money - How Perverse Incentives Caused the Financial Crisis (Paperback, None ed.): Russ... Gambling with Other People's Money - How Perverse Incentives Caused the Financial Crisis (Paperback, None ed.)
Russ Roberts
R239 Discovery Miles 2 390 In stock

What caused the Financial Crisis of 2008? While government mandates and private sector mistakes did contribute to the crisis and can be blamed at least in part for what happened, this book takes a different approach. Russ Roberts argues that the true underlying cause of the mess was the past bailouts of large financial institutions that allowed these institutions to gamble carelessly because they were effectively using other people's money. The author warns that despite the passage of Dodd-Frank, it is widely believed that we have done nothing to eliminate 'Too Big to Fail.' That perception allows the largest financial institutions to continue to gamble with taxpayer money.

Securing Finance, Mobilizing Risk - Money Cultures at the Bank of England (Hardcover): John Morris Securing Finance, Mobilizing Risk - Money Cultures at the Bank of England (Hardcover)
John Morris
R2,883 Discovery Miles 28 830 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Drawing on the history of modern finance, as well as the sociology of money and risk, this book examines how cultural understandings of finance have contributed to the increased capitalization of the UK financial system following the Global Financial Crisis. Providing both a geographically-inflected analysis and re-appraisal of the concept of performativity, it demonstrates that financial risk management has a spatiality that helps to inform understandings and imaginaries of the risks associated with money and finance. The book traces the development of understandings of risk at the Bank of England, with an analysis that spans some 1,000 reports, documents and speeches alongside elite interviews with past and present employees at the central bank. The author argues that the Bank has moved from a relatively broad-brush approach to the risks being managed in the financial sector, to a greater preoccupation with the understanding and mapping of the mobilization of financial risk. The study of financial practices from a critical social sciences and humanities perspective has grown rapidly since the Global Financial Crisis and this book will be of interest to multiple subject areas including IPE, economic geography, sociology of finance and critical security studies.

Banking Across Boundaries - Placing Finance in Capitalism (Hardcover): Brett Christophers Banking Across Boundaries - Placing Finance in Capitalism (Hardcover)
Brett Christophers
R1,537 R1,399 Discovery Miles 13 990 Save R138 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This compelling contribution to contemporary debates about the banking industry offers a unique perspective on its geographical and conceptual 'placement'. It traces the evolving links between the two, revealing how our notions of banking 'productiveness' have evolved alongside the shifting loci of banking activity.An original contribution to the urgent debates taking place on banking sparked by the current economic crisis Offers a unique perspective on the geographical and social concept of 'placement' of the banking industryCombines theoretical approaches from political economy with contemporary literature on the performativity of economicsDetails the globalization of Western banking, and analyzes how representations of the banking sector's productiveness have shifted throughout the evolution of Western economic theoryAnalyzes the social conceptualization of the nature - and value - of the banking industryIlluminates not only how economic ideas 'perform' and shape the economic world, but how those ideas are themselves always products of particular economic realities

A Wunch of Bankers - A year in the Hayne royal commission (Paperback): Daniel Ziffer A Wunch of Bankers - A year in the Hayne royal commission (Paperback)
Daniel Ziffer
R419 R343 Discovery Miles 3 430 Save R76 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

It was a complicated, galling, and gasp-inducing year at the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry. It wasn't just the long list of scandals exposed to a horrified nation--charging fees to dead people, ignoring blatant conflicts of interest, and taking $1 billion from customers in fees that banks were never entitled to. What made it so fascinating, so heart-breaking, and so enraging was the procession of faces through the witness box, and the team of counsel gazing into the dark heart of banking. Tearful victims, blank-faced executives, hapless regulators, and a couple of utter charlatans all had their day in court, watched by an audience of millions, and revealing--in their stories--the material to justify re-shaping the multi-trillion dollar financial-services industry that forms a pillar of Australian life. A Wunch of Bankers covers not just the big shocks, but the small moments--lost in the flurry of daily reporting--that reveal how companies have used the law, limp enforcement, and basic human behavior to take advantage of customers. Is there a phrase that allows life-insurance spruikers in call centers to terrify you about your impending death--and the grief-stricken ruins of an estate you'll leave for your bereaved family--while still being legal? Yes, there is. Was there a meeting in which a bank's executives ignored a warning of 'Extreme' from its chief risk officer, to embark on a dodgy scheme that accrued $3.6 billion in funds? There was. In A Wunch of Bankers, the World's Oldest Debuting TV Reporter brings out the color and grit of the royal commission's proceedings, and explores broader issues raised by the testimony. A compelling mixture of analysis, reportage, and observation, it is a revelatory work.

The Spider Network - The Wild Story of a Maths Genius and One of the Greatest Scams in Financial History (Paperback): David... The Spider Network - The Wild Story of a Maths Genius and One of the Greatest Scams in Financial History (Paperback)
David Enrich 1
R255 R204 Discovery Miles 2 040 Save R51 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Shortlisted for the Financial Times Business Book of the Year! 'Will snare you in its web of deceit ... A brilliant investigative expose' - Harlan Coben, bestselling thriller author 'Reads like a fast-paced John le Carre thriller, and never lets up' - New York Times book review The Spider Network is the almost-unbelievable and darkly entertaining inside account of the Libor scandal - one of the biggest, farthest-reaching financial scams since the global financial crisis - written by the only journalist with access to Tom Hayes before he was sentenced to fourteen years in prison. Full of exclusive details, and with ramifications that stretch right across the British establishment, this is a gripping, real-life story of outlandish characters and reckless greed in the City of London. By turns a rollicking account of the scandal and also a provocative examination of a financial system that was crooked throughout, The Spider Network is a perfect read for fans of The Wolf of Wall Street and The Big Short.

Sovereign Money - Beyond Reserve Banking (Paperback, 1st ed. 2017): Joseph Huber Sovereign Money - Beyond Reserve Banking (Paperback, 1st ed. 2017)
Joseph Huber
R790 Discovery Miles 7 900 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In coming to terms with the still smoldering financial crisis, little attention has been paid to the flaws within our monetary system and how these flaws lie at the root of the crisis. This book provides an introduction and critical assessment of the current monetary system. It begins with an up to date account of the workings of today's system of state-backed 'bankmoney', illustrating the various forms and issuers of money, and discussing money theory and fallacy past and present. It also looks at related economic challenges such as inflation and deflation, asset inflation and bubble building that lead to market instability and examines the ineffectual monetary policies and primary credit markets that are failing to reach some sort of self-limiting equilibrium. In order to fix our financial system, we first need to understand its limitations and the flaws in current monetary and regulatory policy and then correct them. The concluding part of this book is dedicated to the latter, advocating a move towards the sovereign monetary prerogatives of issuing the entire stock of official money and benefitting from the gain thereof (seigniorage). The author argues that these functions should be made the sole responsibility of independent and impartial central banks with full control over the stock of money (not the uses of money) on the basis of a legal mandate that would be more detailed than is the case today. This includes a thorough separation of monetary and fiscal powers, and of both from banking and wider financing functions. This book provides a welcome addition to the banking literature, guiding readers through the inner workings of our monetary and regulatory environments and proposing a new way forward that will better protect our economy from financial instability and crisis.

A Term at the Fed - An Insider's View (Paperback): Laurence H Meyer A Term at the Fed - An Insider's View (Paperback)
Laurence H Meyer
R338 R193 Discovery Miles 1 930 Save R145 (43%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

As a governor of the Federal Reserve Board from 1996 to 2002, Laurence H. Meyer helped make the economic policies that steered the United States through some of the wildest and most tumultuous times in its recent history. Now, in A Term at the Fed, Governor Meyer provides an insider's view of the Fed, the decisions that affected both the U.S. and world economies, and the challenges inherent in using monetary policy to guide the economy.

When Governor Meyer was appointed by President Clinton to serve on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in 1996, the United States was entering one of the most prosperous periods in its history. It was the time of "irrational exuberance" and the fabled New Economy. Soon, however, the economy was tested by the Asian financial crisis, the Russian default and devaluation, the collapse of Long-Term Capital Management, the bursting of America's stock bubble, and the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

In what amounts to a definitive playbook of monetary policy, Meyer now relives the Fed's closed-door debates -- debates that questioned how monetary policy should adapt to the possibility of a New Economy, how the Fed should respond to soaring equity prices, and whether the Fed should broker the controversial private sector bailout of LTCM, among other issues. Meyer deftly weaves these issues with firsthand stories about the personalities involved, from Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan to the various staffers, governors, politicians, and reporters that populate the world of the Fed.

Since the end of his term, Meyer has continued to watch the Fed and the world economy. He believes that we are witnessing a repetition of some of the events of the remarkable 1990s -- including a further acceleration in productivity and perhaps another bull market. History does not repeat itself, yet Meyer shows us how the lessons learned yesterday may help the Fed shape policy today.

Shadow Banking & U.S. Financial Regulatory Policy - Overviews (Paperback): Vivian Kelemen Shadow Banking & U.S. Financial Regulatory Policy - Overviews (Paperback)
Vivian Kelemen
R1,399 Discovery Miles 13 990 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Shadow banking refers to financial firms and activities that perform similar functions to those of depository banks. Although the term is used to describe dissimilar firms and activities, a general policy concern is that a component of shadow banking could be a source of financial instability, even though that component might not be subject to regulations designed to prevent a crisis, or be eligible for emergency facilities designed to mitigate financial turmoil once it has begun. This book develops a general framework for analysing financial intermediation, and applies these concepts to several specific shadow banking sectors. The book focuses on comparing and contrasting the fundamental economic problems of simple banking and associated policy responses to analogous problems and policy proposals in shadow banking.

The Fix - How Bankers Lied, Cheated and Colluded to Rig the World's Most Important Number (Hardcover): Liam Vaughan, Gavin... The Fix - How Bankers Lied, Cheated and Colluded to Rig the World's Most Important Number (Hardcover)
Liam Vaughan, Gavin Finch 1
R525 R388 Discovery Miles 3 880 Save R137 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"The first thing you think is where's the edge, where can I make a bit more money, how can I push, push the boundaries. But the point is, you are greedy, you want every little bit of money that you can possibly get because, like I say, that is how you are judged, that is your performance metric" Tom Hayes, 2013 In the midst of the financial crisis, Tom Hayes and his network of traders and brokers from Wall Street's leading firms set to work engineering the biggest financial conspiracy ever seen. As the rest of the world burned, they came together on secret chat rooms and late night phone calls to hatch an audacious plan to rig Libor, the 'world's most important number' and the basis for $350 trillion of securities from mortgages to loans to derivatives. Without the persistence of a rag-tag team of investigators from the U.S., they would have got away with it...The Fix by award-winning Bloomberg journalists Liam Vaughan and Gavin Finch, is the inside story of the Libor scandal, told through the journey of the man at the centre of it: a young, scruffy, socially awkward misfit from England whose genius for math and obsessive personality made him a trading phenomenon, but ultimately paved the way for his own downfall. Based on hundreds of interviews, and unprecedented access to the traders and brokers involved, and the investigators who caught up with them, The Fix provides a rare look into the dark heart of global finance at the start of the 21st Century.

Financial Innovation and Engineering in Islamic Finance (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017): Samir Alamad Financial Innovation and Engineering in Islamic Finance (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017)
Samir Alamad
R3,550 R2,769 Discovery Miles 27 690 Save R781 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book provides two important contributions to existing theories in the financial innovation literature. First, it extends the existing literature of innovation orientation to a completely new field and construct that is based on a religious imperative as a framework within which financial innovation is constrained. It explains how an innovation orientation in IFIs can be directed within religious rules, which indicates that innovation orientation in IFIs is a learning philosophy. Second, the book introduces and examines the plasticity of Shariah as a shared boundary object and its dynamic role in managing tension and conflicting values in the financial innovation process. Furthermore, building on the empirical results, the study illustrates the insights that each theoretical lens affords into practices of collaboration and develops a novel analytical framework for understanding religious orientation towards financial innovation. This practical contribution, of the developed framework, could form the basis for a standardised framework for the Islamic finance industry. The book concludes by noting the policy and managerial implications of its findings and provides directions for further research.

Liar's Poker (Paperback, New ed): Michael Lewis Liar's Poker (Paperback, New ed)
Michael Lewis 2
R303 R205 Discovery Miles 2 050 Save R98 (32%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The original classic that revealed the truth about ambition, greed and excess in London and Wall Street, by the author of #1 bestsellers THE BIG SHORT and THE FIFTH RISK. __________ The time was the 1980s. The place was Wall Street. The game was called Liar's Poker. Michael Lewis was fresh out of Princeton and the London School of Economics when he landed a job at Salomon Brothers, one of Wall Street's premier investment firms. During the next three years, Lewis rose from callow trainee to bond salesman, raking in millions for the firm and cashing in on a modern-day gold rush. From mere trainee to lowly geek, to triumphal Big Swinging Dick: that was Michael Lewis's pell-mell progress through the dealing rooms of Salomon Brothers in New York and London during the heady mid-80s when they were probably the world's most powerful and profitable merchant bank. Funny, frightening, breathless and heartless, Liar's Poker is the original story of hysterical greed and excessive ambition, one that is now more potent and enthralling than ever. __________ 'If you thought Gordon Gekko of the Wall Street movie was an implausibly corrupt piece of fiction, see how you like the real thing. This rip-the-lid-off account of the bond-dealing brouhaha is the work of a real-life bond salesman.' The Sunday Times 'So memorable and alive . . . one of those rare works that encapsulate and define an era.' Fortune 'The funniest book on Wall Street I've ever read.' Tom Wolfe 'Wickedly funny' Daily Express 'Hilarious' New York Times

Beyond Sticky - Get off the commodity hamster wheel and create a bank brand people love (Paperback): Martha Bartlett Piland Beyond Sticky - Get off the commodity hamster wheel and create a bank brand people love (Paperback)
Martha Bartlett Piland
R303 R246 Discovery Miles 2 460 Save R57 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

For every banker who wants to get off the commodity hamster wheel, this first-of-its-kind book on bank marketing and branding shows the way. It's filled with guidance on building a value-driven brand by working through all departments in the bank. Not just for marketers, the sticky bank brand of the future is also built by human resources, operations, sales, and all other departments within the bank working together. With sections on branding, business development, customer experience, culture, and innovation, Beyond Sticky includes exercises to help bank executives break free from the commodity mindset and create new value offerings for their bank and its customers. It's a must read for bankers who want to stop chasing hot money and lowball pricing and start generating goodwill and loyalty like never before. Beyond Sticky shows the way to break out of an increasingly competitive and ever-changing marketplace.

Stumbling Giants - Transforming Canada's Banks for the Information Age (Hardcover): Patricia Meredith, James L. Darroch Stumbling Giants - Transforming Canada's Banks for the Information Age (Hardcover)
Patricia Meredith, James L. Darroch
R679 Discovery Miles 6 790 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Canada's big six banks weathered the 2008 financial crisis very well. Their adherence to tried and tested twentieth-century products and services made them a safe harbour in the financial storm. However, as the modern global information economy continues to develop, the banks must confront their innovation crisis, or they will fail. In Stumbling Giants, Patricia Meredith and James L. Darroch embark on an audacious and startling examination of Canada's big banks. With banks earning forty percent return on equity from traditional retail banking, pressure from investors with short term interests has discouraged technological innovation and adaptation. Meredith and Darroch reveal the socio-technological disruptors threatening the banks' three primary product divisions - lending, wealth management, and payments - and offer innovative yet realistic recommendations for improvement. Meredith and Darroch's new vision for the Canadian banking industry involves a broad cross-section of Canadians - policy makers, regulators, customers, suppliers, investors, and bankers - and is a call to action for all interested stakeholders to work together in creating a banking system for the twenty-first century.

Banking and Insurance in the New China - Competition and the Challenge of Accession to the WTO (Hardcover): Chien-Hsun Chen,... Banking and Insurance in the New China - Competition and the Challenge of Accession to the WTO (Hardcover)
Chien-Hsun Chen, Hui-Tzu Shih
R2,347 Discovery Miles 23 470 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Financial reform has been a major concern for China's transitional economy - especially in the realms of banking and insurance - since accession to the WTO in 2001. This book scrutinizes the development and limitations of these industries during the process of institutional transformation, and demonstrates that they are now facing severe challenges as well as opportunities. The relationships between the market structure, behavior and performance of China's banking and insurance industries are analysed. The strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threat (SWOT) approach is utilized in investigating the impact of WTO accession on Chinese banking and insurance, and strategies for the prevention of future financial crises are prescribed. Exploring the juxtaposition of institutional transformation in China and the financial risk inherent in the old system, the book concludes that with WTO accession and the opening up of financial services to foreign companies, competitiveness will become fiercer, resulting in increased uncertainty, intensifying the level of risk even further. Banking and Insurance in the New China will prove invaluable to multinational enterprise managers, brokers, dealers and investors, business economists, students and academics with a specific interest in the Chinese economy.

Responsible Investment Banking - Risk Management Frameworks, Sustainable Financial Innovation and Softlaw Standards (Hardcover,... Responsible Investment Banking - Risk Management Frameworks, Sustainable Financial Innovation and Softlaw Standards (Hardcover, 2015 ed.)
Karen Wendt
R2,183 R1,740 Discovery Miles 17 400 Save R443 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book provides evidence on the relevance of environmental and social factors in decision making. It discusses the Gold Standard Frameworks for integrating extra-financial risks into the philosophy, culture, strategies, products and value chain management procedures of investment and banking and highlights the current emergence of global administrative law. New emerging topics like positive impact investing and finance, climate friendly markets, human rights, the enhanced role of fiduciary duties and shared values are approached with a lot of examples for practical application. Steps towards a new banking culture, a new climate for double loop learning and sustainable financial innovation are outlined and the additional benefits of robust stakeholder engagement explained. The anthology paves the way from robust impact and risk management to positive impact creation and a new investment culture. As well, challenges for the implementation and ways to overcome them are broadly discussed. The book is rooted in the fact that institutions and investors which fail to professionally integrate the management of extra-financial risk into their whole lending and investment chain and fail to move to positive impact creation may well loose positions and mandates and finally the trust of their clients, partners and stakeholders. The contributing authors of this anthology are internationally renowned experts in the field of ESG and impact investing. The compendium brings together practitioners and academics to allow a confluence of thoughts, concepts and viewpoints. This huge variety of perspectives and approaches makes this volume a comprehensive compendium on responsible investment and banking.

Distance, Rating Systems and Enterprise Finance - Ethnographic Insights from a Comparison of Regional and Large Banks in... Distance, Rating Systems and Enterprise Finance - Ethnographic Insights from a Comparison of Regional and Large Banks in Germany (Hardcover)
Franz Floegel
R2,992 Discovery Miles 29 920 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In response to the credit crunch during the global financial crisis of 2007-2008, many have called for the re-establishment of regional banks in the UK and elsewhere. In this context, Germany's regional banking system, with its more than 1,400 small and regional savings banks and cooperative banks, is viewed as a role model in the financing of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). However, in line with the 'death of distance' debate, the universal application of ICT-based scoring and rating systems potentially obviates the necessity for proximity to reduce information asymmetries between banks and SMEs, calling into question the key advantage of regional banks. Utilising novel ethnographic findings from full-time participant observation and interviews, this book presents intimate insights into regional savings banks and compares their SME lending practices with large, nationwide-operating commercial banks in Germany. The ethnographic insights are contextualised by concise description of the three-pillar German banking system, covering bank regulation, structural and geographical developments, and enterprise finance. Furthermore, the book advances an original theoretical approach that combines classical banking theories with insights from social studies of finance on the (ontological) foundation of new realism. Ethnographic findings reveal varying distances of credit granting depending on the rating results, i.e. large banks allocate considerable credit-granting authority to local staff and therefore challenge the proximity advantages of regional banks. Nevertheless, by presenting case studies of lending to SMEs, the book demonstrates the ability of regional banks to capitalise on proximity when screening and monitoring financially distressed SMEs and explains why the suggestion that ICT can substitute for proximity in SME lending has to be rejected.

The Laundromat (Previously Published as Secrecy World) - Inside the Panama Papers, Illicit Money Networks, and the Global Elite... The Laundromat (Previously Published as Secrecy World) - Inside the Panama Papers, Illicit Money Networks, and the Global Elite (Paperback)
Jake Bernstein 1
R348 R284 Discovery Miles 2 840 Save R64 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Commercial Lending - Principles and Practice (Paperback): Adrian Cudby Commercial Lending - Principles and Practice (Paperback)
Adrian Cudby
R1,026 R949 Discovery Miles 9 490 Save R77 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Endorsed by the Chartered Banker Institute as core reading for one of the modules leading to the Institute's professional qualifications and chartered status, Commercial Lending supports readers that wish to develop their ability to analyze the creditworthiness of a customer and their business in the context of the current economic climate, future market and sector expectations. Commercial Lending uses a series of practical exercises and case studies, and provides the tools needed for the reader to understand and appraise a customer's business strategy. This will then enable the reader to provide appropriate funding solutions to meet the commercial needs of customers while reflecting the bank's risk appetite. These tools include: how to assess the performance and creditworthiness of a business; how to critically evaluate the robustness of cash flow; and how to undertake sensitivity analysis to quantify sustainable debt repayment capacity. This practical text will present a critical analysis of financial and non-financial information to help readers identify key risks inherent in the customer's lending proposition. Readers will go on to propose suitable funding solutions that mitigate risk and meet the needs of customer and bank. Online supporting resources include a glossary and updates to regulation.

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