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Investors are placing increased emphasis on capital allocation methods to achieve their desired social, environmental and financial objectives, and are targeting investments that not only facilitate economic growth in countries around the world but also do good in terms of aiding human development - from cleaner environments to safer products and better employment practices. At the same time, there is considerable evidence that if companies adhere to ESG (Environment, Social, Governance) standards, they will outperform companies who do not.
But how do individuals - rather than institutional investors - invest using ESG criteria? And just how complex are the procedures? This new book, written by investment guru Mark Mobius and his expert team, is full of entertaining and informative anecdotes from the authors' day-to-day experiences in the world of sustainable investment.
Readers will gain a clearer understanding of what sustainable investment actually means, the positive effects it can have on businesses and societies, what to look for in order to identify sound and sustainable investment opportunities, and how to balance sustainable investing with good returns.
In the final book in the digital "BANK" series, Brett King tackles the topic of whether banks have a future at all in the emerging, technology embedded world of the 21st century. In 30-50 years when cash is gone, cards are gone and all vestiges of the traditional banking system have been re-engineered in real-time, what exactly will a bank look like? How will we reimagine a bank account, identity, value, assets, investments? Then stepping back from this vision of the future, King and his cadre of `disruptors' and Fintech mafia chronicle the foundations of this new banking ecosystem today. From selfie-pay in China, blockchain in Africa, self-driving cars with their own bank accounts and augmented reality tech that informs the future design of banking systems, this proves once and for all that we're not in Wall Street anymore Toto. Bank 4.0 is what banking will become.
A universal guide to understanding and managing life insurance companies in the new millennium. Containing a succinct analysis of those disciplines upon which the worldwide life insurance industry is built. The intention of this book is to introduce the student of life insurance to the range and complexity of issues that pertain to the management and development of a life insurance company and to equip insurance company managers with a ready reference to the fundamental aspects of those facets and disciplines of the business with which they may not be familiar. Much material on life insurance subjects is available to the specialised reader. The aim of this book is to reach those with limited knowledge of the industry and to provide a comprehensive picture of the operation, management and development of a life insurance company as a whole.
Sustainable and inclusive growth in emerging Asian economies requires high levels of public investment in areas such as infrastructure, education, health, and social services. The increasing complexity and regional diversity of these investment needs, together with the trend of democratization, has led to fiscal decentralization being implemented in many Asian economies. This book takes stock of some major issues regarding fiscal decentralization, including expenditure and revenue assignments, transfer programs, and the sustainability of local government finances, and develops important findings and policy recommendations. The book's expert contributors assess the current state of the allocation of expenditures and revenues between central and local governments in emerging Asian economies, and discuss their major strengths and weaknesses. They also present relevant case studies of experiences and reform measures related to strengthening and monitoring local government finance, including the implications of expanded fiscal capacity for infrastructure investment and other public spending. Covering the major Asian economies of the People's Republic of China, India, Indonesia, and Japan, among others, the book focuses on the economic incentives of transfer schemes, how intergovernmental fiscal equalization works, and how subnational government borrowing regulations could influence debt dynamics and the fiscal deficits of local governments. This book's insightful analysis will be essential reading for policy makers in Asian economies and academics and researchers in the areas of economic development, public finance, and fiscal policy as well as development aid officials, multilateral banks, and NGOs.
Insight into collateral management and its increasing relevance in modern banking In the wake of recent financial crises, firms of all sizes have adjusted their policies to incorporate more frequent instances of collateral management. Collateral Management: A Guide to Mitigating Counterparty Risk explains the connection between the need for collateral management in order to alleviate counterparty risk and the actions that firms must take to achieve it. Targeted at middle and back office managers seeking a hands-on explanation of the specifics of collateral management, this book offers a thorough treatment of the subject and attends to details such as internal record management, daily procedures used in making and receiving collateral calls, and settlement-related issues that affect the movements of cash and securities collateral. An expert in financial topics ranging from trade lifecycle to operational risk, author Michael Simmons offers readers insight into a field that, so far, is struggling to produce enough expertise to meet its high demand. * Presents hands-on advice and examples from a bestselling, internationally renowned author who introduces his third book on operations and operations-related activities * Explains the relationship between collateral management and preventing institutional defaults, such as the recent Lehman Brothers downfall Since 2008, firms have recognized and embraced the importance of collateral management, but this book will provide practitioners with a deeper understanding and appreciation of its relevance.
A business-focused autobiography of Mark Wainer, self-made property maverick and CEO of Redefine Properties, one of South Africa’s largest commercial property companies. Taking his Grandma Rubinsky’s advice that “there’s no university that can give a degree in common sense”, Marc Wainer used his uncommon wealth of common sense, along with a good deal of hard work, to make his mark in the world of commercial property. Using skills he first acquired while working in his parent’s grocer’s store as a child and later developed in the army (a wonderful environment for deal-making), he was always going places. Today he is a captain of South African industry, CEO of a company that has grown from an initial market capitalisation of R400 million in 1999 to somewhere in the region of R30 billion today. In this insightful memoir, Wainer describes his old-school background and upbringing, and his successes and failures amid the intriguing landscape of high-end property negotiations – then he outlines the lessons distilled from his experiences. The story of Wainer’s passion and perseverance, and his ability to learn from his mistakes, is aimed at general business- interest readers, and specifically those in the property world, who will take inspiration from his success.
Die outeurs en uitgewers van Silke: Suid-Afrikaanse Inkomstebelasting se doel is om 'n gesaghebbende en omvattende, maar tog maklik toeganklike handboek oor inkomstebelasting in Suid-Afrika beskikbaar te stel vir gebruik deur studente en praktisyns wat in die belastingveld werksaam is. Gratis LexisNexis PassPlus ter waarde van R300 ingesluit met die aankoop van hierdie titel.
What should be the role of government in society? How should it design its programmes? How should tax systems be designed to promote both efficiency and fairness? Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz and new co-author Jay Rosengard bring an unparalleled level of expertise to address these key issues of public-sector economics. No other text is as modern, as accessible, or incorporates as much first-hand policy-advising experience by its authors as Stiglitz/Rosengard.
The aim of this book is to teach the basic principles and skills of financial management in an understandable and logical way. The book also gives you the opportunity to apply the principles in your specific profession as well as in your own enterprise. Knowledge of the basic principles and their application will give you a good point of departure for sound financial management in your chosen field. The approach followed in the writing of this book was based on the question: `What does ANY manager need to know to guarantee sound financial management?' This book provides you with answers to this question and gives guidelines for managing the financial matters of any enterprise or institution, even governmental institutions, not for-profit companies and non-governmental organisations. The book contains relevant examples and exercises, which will give you the confidence to apply these principles and practices in your professional as well as private life.
A real-world guide for adapting to the new energy era The Energy Disruption Triangle is a treatise on the energy revolution's real-world impacts, and a handbook for anyone looking to weather the storm. Three major technologies are already changing the energy paradigm: solar energy, electric vehicles, and energy storage. As technology continues to evolve and become more accessible to the masses, the nation's energy habits will experience a dramatic upheaval; this book provides actionable guidance to help you adapt. We are already in the beginning stages of this black swan event, and most people don't know what's coming--but it will come much sooner and much faster than anyone thinks. This book reveals the revolution happening right before our eyes, and shows you how to thrive in this new era. Learn how our energy supplies--and usage--are changing Understand why energy storage matters, and how the technology is evolving Explore the history and future of groundbreaking energy technologies Delve into the disruption of the U.S. energy supply, and the possibility of energy independence Rapidly advancing battery technology is boosting energy storage for homeowners, utilities, and electric vehicle manufacturers, stranding fossil fuels in the ground due to the high price of extraction relative to cost-effective sources such as solar and wind. Traditional energy sources are being phased out, and our nation has come to a fork in the road: uphold the status quo and allow our energy supply to be disrupted, or adapt and advance to a state of total energy independence. The Energy Disruption Triangle explores the state of U.S. energy from source to consumer, and provides insight into the three sectors that are changing the world.
A timely and incisive look at austerity measures that succeed "and those that don (TM)t Fiscal austerity is hugely controversial. Opponents argue that it can trigger downward growth spirals and become self-defeating. Supporters argue that budget deficits have to be tackled aggressively at all times and at all costs. In this masterful book, three of today (TM)s leading policy experts cut through the political noise to demonstrate that there is not one type of austerity but many. Looking at thousands of fiscal measures adopted by sixteen advanced economies since the late 1970s, Austerity assesses the relative effectiveness of tax increases and spending cuts at reducing debt. It shows that spending cuts have much smaller costs in terms of output losses than tax increases. Spending cuts can sometimes be associated with output gains in the case of expansionary austerity and are much more successful than tax increases at reducing the growth of debt. The authors also show that austerity is not necessarily the kiss of death for political careers as is often believed, and provide new insights into the recent cases of European austerity after the financial crisis. Bringing needed clarity to one of today (TM)s most challenging subjects, Austerity charts a sensible approach based on data analysis rather than ideology.
The Law Of Banking And Payment In South Africa provides an explanation of some of the more important aspects of the law applicable to banks and banking in South Africa, along with the principles that govern payment and payment systems in this country.
The Law Of Banking And Payment In South Africa covers the following areas: a general introduction to banks and banking law; the nature of banking law and its sources; the role and function of the Reserve Bank and the various statutes that regulate banks; the bank–customer relationship; miscellaneous banking services provided by banks; general principles of payment; the law applicable to various payment systems; unauthorised cheque payments and unauthorised electronic funds transfers; international sale transactions; and bank guarantees.
The aim of the authors is to provide a text that is both accessible for students and other persons seeking to gain a basic understanding of the subject, and comprehensive enough to be useful to lawyers, bankers and those who work in the field of banking and finance.
"The Pure Theory of Capital," F. A. Hayek's long-overlooked,
little-understood volume, was his most detailed work in economic
theory. Originally published in 1941 when fashionable economic
thought had shifted to John Maynard Keynes, Hayek's manifesto of
capital theory is now available again for today's students and
economists to discover.
A practical, informative guide to banks' major weakness Legal Data for Banking defines the legal data domain in the context of financial institutions, and describes how banks can leverage these assets to optimise business lines and effectively manage risk. Legal data is at the heart of post-2009 regulatory reform, and practitioners need to deepen their grasp of legal data management in order to remain compliant with new rules focusing on transparency in trade and risk reporting. This book provides essential information for IT, project management and data governance leaders, with detailed discussion of current and best practices. Many banks are experiencing recurrent pain points related to legal data management issues, so clear explanations of the required processes, systems and strategic governance provide immediately-relevant relief. The recent financial crisis following the collapse of major banks had roots in poor risk data management, and the regulators' unawareness of accumulated systemic risk stemming from contractual obligations between firms. To avoid repeating history, today's banks must be proactive in legal data management; this book provides the critical knowledge practitioners need to put the necessary systems and practices in place. Learn how current legal data management practices are hurting banks Understand the systems, structures and strategies required to manage risk and optimise business lines Delve into the regulations surrounding risk aggregation, netting, collateral enforceability and more Gain practical insight on legal data technology, systems and migration The legal contracts between firms contain significant obligations that underpin the financial markets; failing to recognise these terms as valuable data assets means increased risk exposure and untapped business lines. Legal Data for Banking provides critical information for the banking industry, with actionable guidance for implementation.
Trading floors are a thing of the past. Thanks to a combination of computers, high-speed networks and algorithms, millions of financial transactions now happen in fractions of a second. This book studies the automation of stock markets in the United Kingdom and the United States of America, identifying the invisible actors, devices, and politics that were central to the creation of electronic trading. In addition to offering a detailed account of how stock exchanges wrestled with technology, the book also invites readers to rethink the nature of markets in modern societies. Markets, it argues, are sites for the creation of relations, and in studying how these relations changed through technology, the book highlights the sources, dynamics, and consequences of automation. In this respect, the book is both a history of automation in finance and a sociological analysis of the way in which automation gradually changed the lives and work of key financial actors.
The scope of this text focuses on the business environment in all the economic sectors in South Africa and as such will enable the reader to have an understanding of: The financial function of an organisation; The basic concepts of financial management; The banking issues and basics of insurance relating to an organisation; As well as managing: The buying and selling activities in an office; The wages, salaries and petty cash in an office Finally, to equip the reader to draw up and manage an office budget.
The New York Times bestseller that reveals how investors can prepare for the next financial panic - and why it's coming sooner than you think. The global economy has made what seems like an incredible comeback after the financial crisis of 2008. Yet this comeback is artificial. Central banks have propped up markets by keeping interest rates low and the supply of money free-flowing. They won't bail us out again next time. And there will be a next time - soon. In The Road to Ruin, bestselling author James Rickards identifies how governments around the world are secretly preparing an alternative strategy for the next big crisis: a lockdown. Instead of printing money to reliquify markets and prop up assets, governments are preparing to close banks, shut down exchanges and order powerful asset managers not to sell. They're putting provisions in place that will allow them to do so legally. What's more, the global elite has already started making their own preparations, including hoarding cash and hard assets. When the next one comes, it will be the average investor who suffers most - unless he or she heeds Rickards' warning and prepares accordingly. James Rickards is the bestselling author of Currency Wars and The Death of Money. He is a portfolio manager at West Shore Group and an adviser on international economics and financial threats to the Department of Defence and the US intelligence community. He served as facilitator of the first-ever financial war games conducted by the Pentagon.
Rethinking Corporate Governance's extensive and insightful empirical investigation offers a radically new approach to corporate governance. This ground-breaking volume describes and analyses the key nature-based and actor-based forces that ultimately determine corporate governance processes and long-term corporate paths. Generally, such forces work in complex and intricate interplays that to a large extent vary among corporations. A theory of shareholder governance is developed and integrated into the established - and more comprehensive - theory of corporate governance to create a revised theory of the corporation (firm). The new possibilities that this creates for explaining how processes develop and ultimately influence corporate paths are presented in depth. Featuring conclusions based on an empirical material that is both rich and exclusive, the book also contains extensive non-anonymized materials from authentic corporate governance processes. A general conclusion is that actions taken by individuals have a special status among those forces, as they not only generate impact in themselves, but also involve interpretations of the possible effects of all the other forces. Among those actions, the ones taken by the shareholders stand out as particularly decisive both for the governance processes as such and for how corporations develop over time. Offering a degree of openness, detail and realism that is hard to find in any other case-based study, this innovative and enlightening volume is essential for both academics and practitioners involved in corporate governance, corporate strategy and the theory of the firm.
This lively book takes Oklahoma history into the world of Wild West
capitalism. It begins with a useful survey of banking from the
early days of the American republic until commercial patterns
coalesced in the East. It then follows the course of American
expansion westward, tracing the evolution of commerce and banking
in Oklahoma from their genesis to the eve of statehood in 1907.
Now with the latest and safest strategies for smart investing in the new economy
A perennial bestseller, Nancy Dunnan's "How to Invest $50-$5,000" has been a trusted advisor for more than two decades. But never before has the economy changed so radically in so short a time. This new edition reflects the latest, smartest strategies for small investing in the current economy, and has fully updated information on all of the recent changes in federal regulations and laws.
Covering the full range of small investing--from selecting a bank to choosing specific investments to making sense of financial pages--Dunnan guides even the most inexperienced investor through the maze of stocks, bonds, treasuries, mutual funds, and more. Now more than ever, "How to Invest $50-$5,000" is an indispensable handbook for small investors--pointing the way toward the best low-risk, high-value opportunities available in the current U.S. economy.
How can governments control spending pressure from influential groups, often representing powerful regional interests? This book is concerned with institutional solutions that allow modern nation states to balance historically grown cultural, political and economic diversity. Laura von Daniels combines different literatures in economics and political science, and draws on interviews with former government leaders, and country experts from international organizations. She applies this research to topics such as fiscal institutions and budget balances, presenting a critical review of different institutional approaches to resolving fiscal imbalances and public indebtedness. Students and scholars of various disciplines, including politics, public and social policy, economics and business will find the discussions and detailed description of institutional reforms in emerging market nations to be of use to their research. It will also be of interest to practitioners working on fiscal decentralization and budget control.
T. Rowe Price, the Sage of Baltimore In 1937, Thomas Rowe Price, Jr. founded an investment company in Baltimore that would become one of the most successful in the world. Today, The T. Rowe Price Group manages over one trillion dollars and services clients around the world. It is among the largest investment firms focused on managing mutual funds and pension accounts. Uniquely trusted and respected, the firm is considered the "gold standard" by many investment advisors. In this book, Cornelius Bond tells the full story, for the first time, of how Price, a modest and ethical man, built the company bearing his name. From the private, unpublished personal and corporate records, you will get direct access to the creative process behind Price's highly successful approach to investing. Personal insights based on Price's own writings and the personal experience of the author who worked with him for many years. The Growth Stock philosophy as described in the words of the creator and master of this approach. Two fund managers who worked closely with Mr. Price reunite to consider the investment environment of the next five to ten years as Price himself might have viewed it. This book will give you an insider's access to the true story of Thomas Rowe Price, Jr.
Using your ideal combination of printed text and online resources, learn Corporate Finance YOUR Way with CFIN5! This easy-reference, paperback textbook presents course content through visually engaging chapters as well as Chapter Review Cards that consolidate the best review material into a ready-made study tool. With the textbook or on its own, CFIN Online allows easy exploration of CFIN5 anywhere, anytime--including on your device! Collect your notes and create StudyBits (TM) from interactive content as you go to remember what's important. You can use preset study resources or customize your study tools through easy-to-use tags and filters to prioritize--and maximize--your study time. With Concept Tracker, you can also make and review flashcards, review related content, and track your progress--all in one place and at an affordable price. Add in access to assignments and documents from your instructor, and you have everything you need in one place that's always accessible!
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