Articles Posted October 2012

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    Seeking a bigger pool

    In the face of immoderate challenges it’s easier to capitulate than confront. For small banks, especially ones that have targeted the elite, the last couple of years have posed unexpected challenges because of regulatory curbs…

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    Reckless Endangerment

    America’s mortgage crisis and the global catastrophe that it sparked offer a number of lessons for emerging markets too. Journalist Gretchen Morgenson and consultant Joshua Rosner’s bestseller ‘Reckless Endangerment’ gives a no holds barred view…

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    Ethics; bridging the gap between rhetoric and reality

    Lying and cheating will often get a firm in to trouble at some point. But it still happens in many because a firm’s leaders are seen to condone it or haven’t provided employees a clear…

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    Injecting CSR in to business DNA

    Corporate social responsibility is here to stay. But do local businesses understand the science of fixing profits onto long term sustainability, using CSR as the connecting piece? Many are still trying to fit the pieces…

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    Election of Evasions

    By Hamiltonicus Americans go to the polls in early November, exercising their right to choose which party is less clueless and evasive.  Domestic economic issues, where party differences are stark, will drive the results even…

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    Post Panamax Plus

    Sri Lanka could be ready to receive the largest container vessels somewhere over the next three years, when the first of the three berths at the new Colombo South Port is commissioned. Sri Lanka has…

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    Understanding South Asian Consumers

    Consumer research in South Asia is challenged mostly by its need to understand rural consumers better. The next big frontier to conquer for consumer durable firms is this rural market where disposable incomes are growing.…

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    Better than the batteries

    Mazda is sidestepping the hybrid highway that its competition has taken, opting for a gradual approach but still expecting to meet international emission standards by improving the efficiency of every element of its vehicles –…

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    Oil; a Black Swan

    The exuberance in the stock market has now given way to a sobering reality. Listed company quarterly profits slipped to their lowest levels in two years in the reporting period ending June 2012. Investors, naturally,…

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    PAR – Michael Sathasivam

    Michael Sathasivam Handicap : N/A What made you take up golf? It started off about five years ago as an introduction to the game by a friend who was the Captain of the Golf Club…