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Does psychometrics have a future in financial inclusion?

Psychometric testing could help boost financial inclusion by providing an alternative method of predicting the willingness to repay among borrowers with no credit history, according to Daniel Schydlowsky of the Alliance for Financial Inclusion.

Tough at the top for China

China's rise to the economic ascent will not be without its hiccups, as the country must negotiate the transition from an investment- to a consumption-driven economic model and put its local government expenditures into check.

EEU integration faces uncertain times

The Eurasian Economic Union is an ambitious project at a difficult time.

Brian Caplen

Time to take stock of public assets

With so many governments struggling under the burden of debt, is it time to rethink the way that public wealth is managed? A new book suggests that it is, and proposes that better managed assets could generate annual returns of up to $3000bn.

Brian Caplen

Is Portugal a good fit for China's bidders?

The good bank emerging from the ashes of Portugal's Banco Espirito Santo is currently being sold, with China's Fosun and Anbang Insurance two of the leading bidders. But, asks Brian Caplen, will either of these companies winning the bid work to anyone's advantage?

Conduct enforcement: don’t shoot the messenger

A tougher regulatory approach to individual responsibility for anti-money laundering controls could put compliance professionals in a difficult dilemma if they do not have the support of their senior executives.

Ram Sharan Mahat

Nepal's finance minister lays out recovery plan

Only one week after the first earthquake hit Nepal in April 2015, Ram Sharan Mahat, the country’s finance minister, met Stefania Palma to discuss the government's plan to meet Nepal's enormous reconstruction and rehabilitation needs.

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CEE caught between eurozone bulls and Russian bears

Countries in central and eastern Europe are being split in terms of their economic outlook, with Russia in deep recession but other countries benefiting from the low oil price. 

Boosting business, African style

Regional payments systems will help bolster Africa's developing financial infrastructure.  

Brian Caplen

Getting off the interest rate roller coaster

Central bankers have been battling with interest rates since the crisis, making the management of capital even more difficult for bankers. The answer, according to a recent report by Citi economists, could be to abolish currency, and use alternative stores of value.

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