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Of Soothsayers and Evangelists

There is a new and growing genre in bookshops that conceptually sits somewhere between Politics, History and Economics. It should ...

On the Infinite Beau...

We arrived by taxi at the track for the Saturday qualifying session and we were late. We had been held up by some poor planning, b...

How to Navigate Soci...

As graduates join the workforce of large corporations, chances are they’ll find themselves at social events with colleagues and se...

Piketty: Profile of ...

Nelson Mandela vowed to liberate all South Africans from the continuing bondage of poverty and deprivation. Twenty-two years later...

Tough Love: How to S...

We’ve all heard the old adage “the customer is always right”. Anyone who has worked in client services will tell you it’s true – a...

Hard Skills: The Sec...

Entering the job market with a university degree and no knowledge of hard skills is like being a superhero without special powers....

The JSE Today: Tobac...

If one were to conjure up a perennial image of apartheid South Africa, it would have to be one of the grainy photographs taken in ...

Something Wicked Thi...

For the past sixty-one years Fortune magazine has published a list of the largest 500 firms in the world. An idiosyncrasy of the l...

The Craziest Experie...

A few years ago, we were asked to assist a bank with their methodology for credit risk models. It was a relatively usual request –...

Trust starts with th...

There’s no arguing that the opportunity to wear more comfortable clothing and express some small sense of personal style boosts te...

Banking and the Shac...

In an online chat group that tracks the banking sector, in a conversation over the poor performance of European banks in the recen...

Bad Medicine and the...

It will more than likely only be in the fullness of time that we will know whether the medicine administered to the broken global ...

Wall Street – ...

Bank executives observing the recent electoral party conventions in the US must have become increasingly concerned. In the run-up ...

UK Banking and Unint...

When voters in northern England chose on the 23rd of June to leave the European Union, they could not possibly have understood the...

Research

Liquidity at Risk: A...

The liquidity and credit crisis of 2007 and 2008 left the global financial community concerned over liquidity risk. Suddenly, mult...

How to Blind a Pilot...

In 1994, airport officials in Rotterdam found it necessary to lodge a formal complaint against a company that they felt had begun ...

The Art of Failure: ...

It is generally agreed amongst economists, bankers, politicians and the man on the street that the 2007/8 financial crisis was the...

Trading in the Wake: SA-CCR

The new Standardised Approach for calculating counterparty credit risk (SA-CCR) is set to replace the two current standardised app...

Basel III – Im...

Executive Summary In the wake of the Global Financial Crisis, the G20 and Basel Committee for Banking Supervision introduced a raf...

IFRS 9 – Impai...

Executive Summary IFRS 9 is the IASB’s envisaged answer to the criticisms cast at its current financial instruments standard, IAS ...

Model Management and...

Executive Summary A model may be defined as a mathematical process, whether deterministic or stochastic in nature, which transfers...

Fair Value Accountin...

We know that fair value accounting doesn’t make sense for derivative instruments. A derivative can be potentially extremely volati...

General guide to acc...

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision released on the 16 July 2015 for public consultation a revised version of the “General ...

Fair Value Accountin...

June 2011 marked the deadline by which the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and Financial Accounting Standards Boar...