Bitcoin and dollars

Banking group’s Bitcoin block ‘won’t halt crypto trading’

Lloyds Banking Group has blocked credit card transactions for cryptocurrency purchases, but that lacks logic – and may even increase demand, say experts By HAL...
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Statement on Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi)

WASHINGTON, October 12, 2017 ‒ The Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) donor countries today issued the following statement: It is with great pleasure that we officially launch...

A License to Print Money

Bold headlines, fast-paced storytelling, illustrations aplenty, and a scoop in every issue: Hak Holdert knew precisely what a newspaper should look like in order...
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ILO calls for new strategies to help SMEs get loans

Bank loans can help firms improve job quality and productivity, but are often difficult to get for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). Consequently, policy-makers...

Joseph E Stiglitz and Hamid Rashid: Closing Developing Countries’ Capital Drain

Developing countries are bracing for a major slowdown this year. According to the UN report World Economic Situation and Prospects 2016, their growth averaged...
Scales of Justice, Currencies

Fast moves mean head start in high-paced fintech arena

A LONDON-based fintech start-up profiled in BV’s feature on the recent Gibfin conference, Lendo, is making headlines for its pioneering approach towards regulated cryptocurrency. Forbes...

IFC: Why Corporate Governance Is Crucial to Myanmar’s Growing Private Sector

Emerging from decades of isolation, Myanmar is undergoing major reforms to become a more market-driven economy. Many are hoping for a meteoric rise of...
Global Trade Finance

Seven international banks sign-up for global digital network for SME finance

CHEAPER and easier funding for corporates via a global digital network in trade finance: this is the goal of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)...
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Post-crisis restrictions on international banking can blunt growth prospects in developing countries

Growing restrictions imposed on foreign banks operating in developing countries since the 2007/9 global financial crisis are hampering better growth prospects by limiting the...

Micro Credit the American Way

Being short on cash is an expensive proposition: ask the Greeks or anyone whose luck has run out. The cash-strapped often spend more on...