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ECB Starts Roll-Back its Stimulus Programmes
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The European Central Bank (ECB) has started to reduce its monetary stimulus package, introduced as a means to help affected member-states recover from the sovereign debt crisis that struck them about a decade ago. 

 

Reduction of Monthly Bond Purchase Programms

As the first step in the roll-back process, ECB has decided to halve its bond-buying programme. From January 2018, the ECB will be buying only €30billion worth of bonds sold by Eurozone countries, on a monthly basis, compared to the present €60billion worth of monthly purchase. The bond-buying programme, launched...

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Basel IV? Not if France and the US can stop it
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The disagreement between bankers, finance ministers, and the Basel Committee which regulates banks, continues. 

Basel III is the post-financial crisis regulatory framework which forces banks to hold much higher levels of capital, to ensure that they can maintain liquidity in the event of another crisis. Disgruntled bankers insist that the Committee’s latest proposals amount to “Basel IV”. The Committee denies this and describes what it is doing as simply a “recalibration” of Basel III.

 

France and the USA oppose further circumscriptions

Whether this...

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MiFID Is Getting An Update
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MiFID is a Financial Instruments Directive that governs markets. It has been in use in all European Union member states since November 2007. MiFID is a crucial EU regulation of the financial markets that seeks to improve the efficiency and competitiveness of the markets by creating harmonized investment services for all activities related to the financial markets. This guarantees all investors in financial instruments advanced and harmonised protection.

 

Amendments

In 2011, the European Commission parliament agreed to a proposal of revising the MiFID policy. The proposal was in the...

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3 Financial Problems which Only Artificial Intelligence Can Solve
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Artificial intelligence, AI, has been developing for over five decades. Its development has gained more traction in the last five years than the rest of the years combined. Advancements in cloud computing, machine processing speeds, big data and open source software have been the key catalysts. The technology is a promising solution to some crucial trading problems which include accounting, fraud, and algorithm analysis.

 

1. Automated Accounting

Accounting in business is just as labour intensive as it is error sensitive. Using AI in the financial industry will automate the entire...

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Effective Strategies for Fighting Corruption in Businesses
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Corruption is a substantial menace that is deeply rooted in many businesses, governmental institutions, and non-governmental organisations. There is still a big gap between saying and doing regarding the implementation of anti-corruption mechanisms in our entrepreneurial culture. According to a report by Control Risks and the Economist Intelligence Unit, at least 25% of organisations admit that there is a likelihood of their organisation investigating a suspected case of corruption involving one of their staff members in the next two years.
 

Strong Policies and Reviews

One of the ways...

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Germany’s Trade Surplus Is Attracting Further Anger
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It is no secret that Germany is running the largest surplus economy in the world. This has attracted huge criticism from other leaders such as US-President Trump. What is angering these nations is that the surplus is projected to increase and to remain the largest in the world this year.

In 2016, Germany had a surplus of $285 billion – compared to China which had a surplus of $190 billion and Japan's surplus at $170. This trend is expected to continue if a recently leaked forecast by Börner Group (BGA) is anything to go by. In the forecast, it is estimated that foreign...

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London Is Still Number 1 In The Post-Brexit World, But Will It Last?
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Despite the initial post Brexit fears that bankers would start fleeing the United Kingdom, London has steadfastly remained the planet's financial epicenter. This is the finding of a survey carried out by the GFCI (Global Financial Centres Index) which ranked nearly eight dozen cities around the globe. London beat out Hong Kong, Singapore, and New York to claim the top spot. 

 

Trump's Isolationism

In fact, the GFCI survey found that London had actually increased its lead over the world's next most vital financial center according to the survey, New York City. A 24...

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Practical Advise
8 Ways to Minimize the Cost of a Data Breach
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A data breach can be extremely cost intensive, even threatening to business continuity. C-level managers act wisely, if they enable several processes and measures against. The following are ways through which you can cut the cost of data breach:

 

1. Encryption

You can reduce the cost of data breach by $16 by ensuring that your company is thoroughly encrypted. This entails protection of both data at rest (files saved on devices) and data in transit (such sending an email).

 

2. Business Community Management (BCM)

Wise organizations identity potential threats and with a BCM process...

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The Evolution of Robo-Advisers and Their Benefits
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Robo-advisers are financial planners which are based on a digital platform with little or no human interference in their operations. The use of Robo-advisers since the first launch of Betterment in 2008 has continued to go up among the low and medium net investors, while the high net investors are reluctant in incorporating them in their decision making and prefer manual processes. After constant development and upgrade of robo-advisers, they can now handle more complex work like retirement planning, investment selection and tax-loss harvesting. 

 

What Are the Benefits of Using...

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A Review of CFOs and 5 Measures They can Take to Foster Finance Transformation
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A CFO who can give an accurate report on the financial position of a firm with great detail and insight on time is empowered. A precise financial snapshot explains competitive positioning for the future and enables planning that is workable, constant and flows.

It also indicates the way finance handles and uses the data the organization generates to portray the business in the right way. Financial change is crucial in how the finance department works to achieve a substantial improvement in performance by delivering services that meet the requirements of the business better. This takes time...

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