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‘Bias against change’ affecting development banks

Regional development banks need to give up vested interests and coordinate their efforts more if they want to truly fulfil their mission of helping developing countries.

This was the essence of a speech by the president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Sir Suma Chakrabarti, at the Washington-based Peterson Institute ahead of the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

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Companies to boost investment spending

Companies will soon change their strategy and start to invest to grow organically, rather than look towards mergers and acquisitions and buying back shares, a new research report shows.

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What do India’s Prime Ministerial candidates mean for its economy?

By: Sourajit Aiyer

As India undergoes federal elections with 800 million eligible voters, what do the contenders for the Prime Ministerial role mean for its economy?

Leading the race are Rahul Gandhi, the candidate of the Congress Party-led UPA coalition, and Narendra Modi, the candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA coalition.

Challenging them are Arvind Kejriwal of the new Aam Aadmi Party, as well as bigwigs from regional parties who can form a possible Third Front alliance.

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A dozen direct investment opportunities in Bhutan

By: Sourajit Aiyer

What sector-specific micro opportunities for direct investment do the recent changes in Bhutan’s economy spell? Following are a dozen that came to my mind based on the observations made during my recent trip there.

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Asia’s final frontier in investment: Bhutan

By: Sourajit Aiyer

Frontier markets have gotten remarkable attention in recent months. As an analyst is said to have summarised it during an investor roadshow in Nairobi: everyone and their dog seems to know something about frontier markets.

Improving governance, positive demographics and reforms initiation at one side, the large population is a major rationale to look at economies like Vietnam, Argentina, Kenya, Colombia, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Romania, Pakistan or even Myanmar.

But judging strictly on the population criterion, there would hardly seem a validation to think of countries like Bhutan. After all, it has a population of only around 750,000 and does not figure on the list of typical frontier markets (hence I have used the term ‘final frontier’).

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What Hedge Funds Are Hiring and Where

The pace of hiring in the hedge fund industry is slowing, but fund managers still take on staff to support growth, a survey by E&Y has found.

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