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  1. Cement market, construction investments growing rapidly in Nigeria


    A favourable macroeconomic outlook – aided by a growing population, infrastructure investments and rising consumption – is driving the expansion of Nigeria’s cement market, with a number of large investments in capacity in the offing.
  2. Risk Management and Insurance Legislations


    The most common medium for undertaking a commercial enterprise is through the registration of a limited liability company,which is also known as acorporation in some jurisdictions.
  3. Lies, damn lies and GDP


    In this Tuesday 20 November 2012 article, Professor Morten Jerven for African Arguments, part of the Guardian Africa Network laid the ground work for further reading on African GDP calculations Or, how Ghana went from being one of the poorest countries in
  4. It's the Policies and Policy Makers that Create Nigeria's Problems


    �Grow fast�, �be more comfortable� and �crash spectacularly�: A Case for Innovative Policies to Manage the Downside Risks of Financial Integration in Emerging Markets and Developing Economies
  5. Steadying the Ship in Stormy Waters: Leading in a Dynamic World


    I consider it an honour and privilege to have been invited to address this Eleventh Session of your Leadership Qualities and Entrepreneurial Development Programme (LQED). I recall that a few years ago I was invited to speak at your annual congress in Abuj
  6. The Incredible Shrinking Management Fee


    Professional portfolio management has long cost too much. If a new company has its way, it could be free.
  7. Africa’s elite leap up the global billionaire rankings


    Forbes publishes its Billionaire rankings today, tracking the trials and tribulations of the world’s richest – the 1 percent of the 1 percent, if you like.
  8. FX Traders Facing Extinction as Computers Replace Humans


    A widening probe of the foreign-exchange market is roiling an industry already under pressure to reduce costs as computer platforms displace human traders.
  9. President Jonathan's Remarks at the Official Launch of NIRP & NEDEP Today


    It is with great pleasure that I welcome you all to the formal launching of The Nigeria Industrial Revolution Plan (NIRP), our flagship programme to industrialize Nigeria; and The National Enterprise Development Programme (NEDEP), our new strategic platfo
  10. The Golden Age of Gas, Possibly: Interview with the IEA


    The potential for a golden age of gas comes along with a big “if” regarding environmental and social impact. The International Energy Agency (IEA)—the “global energy authority”--believes that this age of gas can be golden, and that unconventional gas can
  11. The MPC’s Effect On The Domestic Balloon


    At its first meeting this year, held Monday last week in Abuja, the Central Bank of Nigeria's rate-setting committee (the Monetary Policy Committee MPC) opted to tighten monetary policy.
  12. Africapitalism: Towards Africa's future economic development


    Africapitalism is socially responsible business, not charity or aid, led by Africans, for the good of the continent. It is a platform which seeks to propel the continent from its position of relative stagnation to a future of sustainable dynamism and prog
  13. Mortgage-Backed Securities – Quick Aide


    Mortgage-backed securities (MBS) are debt obligations that represent claims to the cash flows from pools of mortgage loans, most commonly on residential property.
  14. Politics and markets: Less systemic, more specific


    Markets interest in politics in 2014 is, I believe, likely to be rooted principally in country-specific rather than systemic risk, in particular
  15. Violence Threatens to Thwart Iraqi Oil Resurgence


    A wave of violence has swept parts of Iraq at the start of 2014 as the central government fights back against Al-Qaeda aligned militants in Anbar Province. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) reportedly took control of Ramadi and Fallujah, bom
  16. Multinationals carving up Africa for food


    A gold rush is happening in Ethiopia, but it's not a hunt for the yellow metal. It's a quest for the green gold of fertile farmland.
  17. Russia to Lend Ukraine $15 Billion and Cut Gas Prices


    MOSCOW—Russia agreed Tuesday to lend Ukraine $15 billion and cut prices for natural gas, striking a deal to bail out its crisis-stricken neighbor to stave off possible economic collapse amid large-scale protests in Kiev over the rejection of a trade deal
  18. Affluenza, not Impunity afflicts Nigerian Elites


    Word for today is 'AFFLUENZA' - a social condition arising from the desire to be more wealthy, successful or to "keep up with the Joneses" (source – Investopedia) In effect, it is the best of the latest excuse for the wealthy to do whatever they want! Yo
  19. Next CBN Gov - Following the Global Trend of Meritocracy or Maintaining Status Quo


    Daniels Adeoye, CBN, Global Trend, Central Bank Governor of Nigeria, Governor, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, financial pinnacle, economy, kitchen cabinet, global financial, International Monetary Fund, IMF, United States, America, Janet Yellen, California
  20. What causes a currency crisis?


    A currency crisis is induced by a decline in the value of a country's currency. This decline in value negatively affects an economy by creating instabilities in exchange rates, meaning that one unit of the currency no longer buys as much as it used to in
  21. Making Sense of the New Automotive Policy


    The recent announcement of a new automotive policy by the Minister of Trade and Investments, Dr. Olusegun Aganga, has been met with a lot of excitement. The stated objectives of the new policy are to encourage local manufacturing of vehicles and to enfo
  22. Combating Energy Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa


    With its high poverty levels and low degree of industrialization, Africa arguably faces the largest development gap of any region. Beyond the usual misery indices and welfare evaluation metrics, we have fundamental challenges that impede meaningful sustai
  23. Washington Is Writing Our Investing Playbook, So Let's Follow It


    Global trade has an enormous influence on the financial markets and worldwide economy.
  24. Nigeria’s Big Gamble on One Indigenous Entrepreneur


    Aliko Dangote, Africa’s wealthiest man, recently signed a multi-billion dollar contract to build Nigeria’s largest oil refinery, and turn the oil-rich country into a petroleum exporter. The promise of job creation — the refinery project is expected to emp
  25. India's Energy Ties with Iran Unsettle Washington


    India's relentless search for hydrocarbons to fuel its booming economy has managed the rather neat diplomatic trick of annoying Washington, delighting Tehran and intriguing Baghdad, all the while leaving the Indian Treasury fretting about how to pay for i
  26. Africa Must Get Real about Chinese Ties


    Nigeria, a country with a large domestic market of more than 160m people, spends huge resources importing consumer goods from China that should be produced locally. We buy textiles, fabric, leather goods, tomato paste, starch, furniture, electronics, buil
  27. FOMC Minutes Signal End of Bond Bubble


    Last week the market's celebration surrounding the partial Fiscal Cliff agreement was cut short by a surprise from the minutes of the Fed's December meeting. You see most had expected the minutes to be a relative non-event
  28. Nigeria's Education Conundrum


    According to the United Kingdom�s Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), Nigeria was the third non-European Union country sending the highest number of students to the United Kingdom in recent time. In 2009/10, it had 16,680 students in UK High
  29. Not so Solid BRICs: New Cornerstone for Global Growth?


    The global economic landscape has evolved quite interestingly over the last decade with a paradigm shift the popular appreciation of the primary drivers of global growth. The introduction of the “BRIC” (Brazil, Russia, India and China) acronym in the ear
  30. Economic Report - High interest rates; the impact on economic activities and growth - BGL


    Monetary policy has been operated with a variety of objectives in mind over the years. However,
  31. Nigerian Infrastructure Challenge: How can the evolving Nigerian financial system help?


    Amidst several unequal estimates, a World Bank report in 2011 conservatively put the cost of addressing Nigeria infrastructure challenges at US$14.2 billion (N2.275 trillion) per annum over a decade. This fund will be applied to meet an illustrative targe
  32. Another Global Food Price Crisis? – Chatham House


    The worst drought to hit the USA in over half a century has sent international food prices climbing again. Prices for corn and soybeans (the USA is the worlds biggest producer of both) last week passed the peaks they reached during the 2007/8 global food
  33. Three Reasons the Euro Zone Deal Won't Work


    The latest Euro crisis summit was different from the 19 others that preceded it in one very important respect: The PR department of the EU played this one very well. Rather than hopes being raised only to be dashed, this time they were dashed before the s
  34. The World's Richest Countries and Biggest Economies, In 2 Graphics


    Gross Domestic Product — GDP — may have its limits. But it's a useful, broad measure for looking at national economies. It's basically the total dollar value of all of the goods and services a country produces in a year.
  35. Must read, George Soros: Beyond a significant Euro/CFA devaluation.


    That is what economic theory has tried to ignore. Scientific method needs an independent criterion, by which the truth or validity of its theories can be judged. Natural phenomena constitute such a criterion; social phenomena do not.
  36. How JPMorgan Lost $17.5 Billion


    JPMorgan Chase (JPM) lost $17.5 billion this week. It all springs from a bad trade that’s still going bad — to the tune of $2 billion and potentially $3 billion. But then there’s the 9.3% plunge in JPMorgan’s market capitalization — adding another $14.5 b
  37. Smoke, Mirrors and Public Deficits


    Smoke, Mirrors and Public Deficits
  38. Financial markets: Change of tone


    Financial markets: Change of tone
  39. The Arab Uprisings and the International Oil Markets


    The Arab Uprisings and the International Oil Markets
  40. A Global Redesign? Shaping the Circular Economy


    A Global Redesign? Shaping the Circular Economy


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