Finance archive

Regulatory recognition: facilitating growth Anthony Belchambers writes that a significant increase in cross-border trade in financial services is heavily dependent on the removal of unnecessary trade barriers Stable monetary policy is the only means to a stable economy Markets are great at finding prices and allocating resources in ways that make the individuals in society better off says Ben Southwood Emergence of bancatakaful worldwide The most rapidly expanding sector of the worldwide bancassurance industry – distributing insurance products via banks – is bancatakaful, explains Sohail Jaffer Making central banks serve the real economy Suleika Reiners says central banks should use their ability to create new money and channel it to meaningful investments What kind of fiscal union? The sovereign debt crisis in Europe brought back a debate on the lacking components of European integration. Marek Dąbrowski discusses The EU’s economic policy architecture after the ratification of the Fiscal Treaty Jørgen Mortensen writes that the Treaty does not offer a definitive solution to the problem of finding the appropriate budgetary monetary mix
Takaful: strong growth perspectives in Europe The maturity of the insurance industry in Europe could make the expansion of takaful more dramatic, writes Sohail Jaffer Sukuk: from a niche instrument to a global financial alternative Sohail Jaffer writes that sukuk is evolving from a niche instrument to a widely recognized investment alternative with global acceptance
M&A - laying down the law Robin Johnson highlights some key observations concerning the role, influence and impact of legal teams when it comes to identifying potential issues, helping deals run smoothly and, ultimately, realising the full value of a proposed transaction Shariah compliant wealth management: on the right track The growing importance of ethics within the investment industry and its convergence with the principles of shariah-compliant finance is increasing the acceptance of the alternative financial segment in secular markets, writes Sohail Jaffer Is ‘internal devaluation’ the right approach for the eurozone? Raoul Ruparel writes that the eurozone will also have to find ways to tackle issues such as a one-size-fits-all monetary policy, ailing banking sector and the lack of political and fiscal cohesion Fiscal discipline in the monetary union For the euro to survive, the recession must be halted without piling on more debt, argues Charles Wyplosz Takaful in the GCC: sustaining the growth momentum GCC takaful market companies have attractive cross-border growth opportunities in Africa, Europe and in Asia, writes Sohail Jaffer Communicating value in the 21st century Investors increasingly want to know the longevity and sustainability of the businesses they invest in, writes Jane Diplock Sustainability reporting for a sustainable future Companies play a vital role in the transition to a sustainable global economy. Changes in the way companies report their performance and impacts will have a big effect on the future economy, says Marjolein Baghuis Integrated reporting and the supply chain Mike Reid writes that Integrated reporting is by no means a panacea for the malevolent behaviour of companies; instead it takes a focused approach to providing financial and non-financial information to a broader audience of stakeholders Whatever a society can do, it can also finance: financing sustainable development Sulieka Reiners and Matthias Kroll argue that the world is still on an unsustainable path and that the main reason for this is not a lack of political will as such but rather unused possibilities of finance The eurozone crisis: what the Treaty does not say Dealing with economies menaced by default is the most visible piece in the crisis management exercise in Europe, says Daniel Dăianu Giving the City a voice on regulation Michael Wainwright says that there is a general view that the current uncertain and challenging international regulatory landscape is creating a problematic working environment for the City