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Finance & Development, September 2014

by International Monetary Fund. Exte Dept.

For the latest thinking about the international financial system, monetary policy, economic development, poverty reduction, and other critical issues, subscribe to Finance & Development (F&D). This lively quarterly...


Do the Type of Sukuk and Choice of Shari'a Scholar Matter?

by Christophe Godlewski & Rima Turk Ariss

Sukuk, the shari’a-compliant alternative mode of financing to conventional bonds, have expanded considerably over the last decade. We analyze the stock market reaction to two key features of this financial...


Balance Sheet Repair and Corporate Investment in Japan

by Joong Shik Kang

We trace Japanese firms’ behavior over the last decades using aggregate corporate balance sheet data. Financial health of Japanese corporate sector has improved and firms paid back significant amount of debt...


Islamic Finance in Sub-Saharan Africa : Status and Prospects

by E. Gelbard & Mumtaz Hussain

Islamic finance is a fast growing activity in world markets. This paper provides a survey on Islamic Finance in SSA. Ongoing activities include Islamic banking, sukuk issuances (to finance infrastructure projects),...


Macroprudential Solvency Stress Testing of the Insurance Sector

by Andreas A. Jobst & Nobuyasu Sugimoto

Over the last decade, stress testing has become a central aspect of the Fund’s bilateral and multilateral surveillance work. Recently, more emphasis has also been placed on the role of insurance for financial...


The Effects of Unconventional Monetary Policies on Bank Soundness

by Frederic Lambert & Kenichi Ueda

Unconventional monetary policy is often assumed to benefit banks. However, we find little supporting evidence. Rather, we find some evidence for heightened medium-term risks. First, in an event study using a...


United Kingdom :  2014 Article IV Consultation-Staff Report; Press Release; and Statement by the Executive Director for the United Kingdom

by International Monetary Fund. Euro Dept.

KEY ISSUES The economy has rebounded strongly and prospects are promising. Headwinds that previously held back the economy—relating notably to credit conditions and confidence—have eased. Nonetheless, sustaining...


Adapt or Die: 5 Ways the Financial Industry Is Evolving and How Advisors Must Adapt to Survive

by Robert Sofia

"Enter This Office At Your Own Risk!" Should this sign be hanging over the door to your office?It's never been harder to be an advisor. Fail to follow the latest SEC, FINRA, or Department of Labor guidelines...


The Speed Traders: An Insider's Look at the New High-Frequency Trading Phenomenon That is Transforming the Investing World

by Edgar Perez

The secrets of high-frequency trading revealed!

"Edgar's book is fantastic . . . I recommend it highly."

-Bart Chilton, Commissioner, United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)

"I have interviewed...


How to Speak Money: What the Money People Say-And What It Really Means

by John Lanchester

“One of the world’s great explainers of the financial crisis and its aftermath.”—Michael Lewis

To those who don’t speak it, the language of money can seem impenetrable and its ideas too complex to...


Indicators and Oscillators in Excel

by Eric Barker

Shows excel formulas to create graphs of 33 of the most important tools of technical analysis: Pivot Point, Negative Volume Index, Positive Volume Index, Money Flow Index, Advance Decline Line, On Balance Volume,...


A New Measure of Competition in the Financial Industry: The Performance-Conduct-Structure Indicator

by Jacob A Bikker & Michiel van Leuvensteijn

The 2008 credit crisis started with the failure of one large bank: Lehman Brothers. Since then the focus of both politicians and regulators has been on stabilising the economy and preventing future financial...


Executive Finance and Strategy: How to Understand and Use Financial Information to Set Strategic Goals

by Ralph Tiffin

Many strategies are explained as actions that will achieve the desired goals or visions of the company, but in order to predict the success of your strategy it is vital to gain an understanding of how it will...


Spain:Selected Issues

by International Monetary Fund. Euro Dept.

This Selected Issues paper analyzes Spain’s sustainable growth rate. It sheds some light on Spain’s medium-term growth prospects by looking into the key factors driving potential growth, both in the past...


People's Republic of China-Hong Kong Special Administrative Region:Financial Sector Assessment Program-Stress Testing the Banking Sector-Technical Not

by International Monetary Fund. Department

In recent years, the IMF has released a growing number of reports and other documents covering economic and financial developments and trends in member countries. Each report, prepared by a staff team after...


Chile:Selected Issues

by International Monetary Fund. West Dept.

In recent years, the IMF has released a growing number of reports and other documents covering economic and financial developments and trends in member countries. Each report, prepared by a staff team after...


Oversight Issues in Mobile Payments

by Tanai Khiaonarong

This paper examines oversight issues that underlie the potential growth and risks in mobile payments. International experience suggests that financial authorities can develop effective oversight frameworks for...


People's Republic of China : 2014 Article IV Consultation-Staff Report; Press Release; and Statement by the Executive Director for the People's Republ

by International Monetary Fund. Asia Dept

KEY ISSUES Context. After three decades of remarkable growth, the economy has been slowing. Much of the slowdown has been structural, reflecting the natural convergence process and waning dividends from past...


Chile: 2014 Article IV Consultation:Staff Report; Press Release; and Statement by the Executive Director for Chile

by International Monetary Fund. West Dept.

KEY ISSUES

Politics: President Bachelet won the Presidential election on a platform to foster

inclusive growth and reduce inequality. Her government took office in March 2014 and is launching

an ambitious policy...


First-Time International Bond Issuance-New Opportunities and Emerging Risks

by Anastasia Guscina & Guilherme Pedras

International bond issuance by debut issuers has risen in recent years. The uptick was a result of both demand and supply factors. The search for yield and demand for portfolio diversification have resulted...