Eight European Central Banks RLE Banking Finance

Author: Various,
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136297006
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Uniquely written from inside the banking world this book gives a comprehensive account of the organization and activities of the major central European banks during the 1980s. Each of the individually authored chapters has been written to a common pattern in order to facilitate reference and comparison. Each also contains an annex with a specimen return of the bank in question and brief explanatory notes on the various items.

The Multinational Banking Industry

Author: Neil Coulbeck
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 0415538769
Format: PDF
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The role of international banks within the developed economies has come under increasingly hostile public scrutiny, yet little attention has been paid to the structure and purpose of the banks themselves. Most existing studies concentrate on the part played by international banks as intermediaries in the domestic and international economy, failing to consider the foremost concern of the banks themselves – their success as business enterprises. This book examines the practical problems faced by the Universal Multinational banks (UMNBs) in the fields of strategic planning and business development. It explains the common constraints encountered by the UMNBs, showing that, whether they like it or not, current market pressures are governing their policies in all the developed economies. Through studying the management structures and business policies of these banks this book provides a much clearer picture of their activities in the world economy. Initially, it concentrates on the UMNBs of the USA since they have provided a strategic model for other global banking concerns. The UMNBs of Japan, Britain, France, Germany, Canada and Switzerland are then discussed to establish their similarities and differences: case studies are included at the end of each chapter to illustrate and reinforce the points made in the preceding text. Although written in 1984 the author successfully predicted many of the subsequent developments in the field of information technology and competition in world markets, which led to the emergence of global financial enterprises.

Building Society Industry RLE Banking and Finance

Author: Mark J. Boleat
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 0415532698
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In this book which has become the standard work on building societies, the author takes into account both economic and regulatory changes which took place in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The book is aimed primarily at students in the industry, and also those undertaking relevant undergraduate and postgraduate courses at university. In addition, this book will be invaluable to those working inside the building society industry and to those organizations which come into contact with societies.

Banking Policy and Structure

Author: J. S. G. Wilson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 0415538521
Format: PDF
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This book provides a comparative analysis of the several types of banking structure and the ways in which banks undertake their business. It surveys central banking arrangements in a number of countries. Against an historical background, it describes banking systems ranging from the so-called 'unit banking' of the USA to the branch banking arrangements that derive from British experience, as well as many systems in between. The business of banking is analysed comparatively within the framework of a simplified bank balance sheet, special attention being given to industrial banking and to assets and liabilities management. It explores how money markets function and, within this framework, how central banks operate and attempt to implement monetary and credit policy. The book includes the results of extensive new research, part of which involved interviewing many key figures throughout the banking industry.

Competition Law and Financial Services

Author: David Harrison
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134090862
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Competition law underpins the market economy by prohibiting anti-competitive agreements and practices, and the abuse of dominant positions in the market. Until the financial crisis it was widely assumed that the financial services industry was highly competitive. This book explores the extent to which this is the case. By analysing crisis and pre-crisis competition law cases and examples from the UK, the EU and around the world, David Harrison asks whether there exists good reason for financial services to be treated differently from the rest of the market economy. The theory of market efficiency is not borne out in practice. He particularly draws upon John Maynard Keynes in examining the differences between price mechanisms in product markets for "normal" goods, and price mechanisms in financial and investment markets where expectations of the future tend to play a greater role, leading to greater price fluctuations. In this evaluation, the book examines aspects of the practical functioning of capital markets such as the phenomenon of herding behaviour by financial participants, how short-term behaviour by intermediaries can be to the disadvantage of savers and productive investment, the relationship between investment markets and product markets and the extent to which the same competition rules apply to undertakings involved in both. The book will be invaluable to students, researchers and practitioners of banking and finance law, and commercial and competition law. .

Debtors to Their Profession

Author: Edwin Green
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 0415538963
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This volume examines the first hundred years of the Institute of Banking’s development within the banking business as a whole, with a particular emphasis upon changes in the staffing requirements of the banks and the importance of professional qualifications in the careers of their employees. The survey includes a description of early attempts to form a professional institute for bankers between the 1840s and the 1870s. By examining the objectives, growth of membership and the extension of the Institute’s activities, this volume throws light upon the changing work and qualifications of bank personnel and offers a case study in the development of a large and important professional group.

The Foundations and Future of Financial Regulation

Author: Mads Andenas
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 113504337X
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Financial regulation has entered into a new era, as many foundational economic theories and policies supporting the existing infrastructure have been and are being questioned following the financial crisis. Goodhart et al’s seminal monograph "Financial Regulation: Why, How and Where Now?" (Routledge:1998) took stock of the extent of financial innovation and the maturity of the financial services industry at that time, and mapped out a new regulatory roadmap. This book offers a timely exploration of the "Why, How and Where Now" of financial regulation in the aftermath of the crisis in order to map out the future trajectory of financial regulation in an age where financial stability is being emphasised as a key regulatory objective. The book is split into four sections: the objectives and regulatory landscape of financial regulation; the regulatory regime for investor protection; the regulatory regime for financial institutional safety and soundness; and macro-prudential regulation. The discussion ranges from theoretical and policy perspectives to comprehensive and critical consideration of financial regulation in the specifics. The focus of the book is on the substantive regulation of the UK and the EU, as critical examination is made of the unravelling and the future of financial regulation with comparative insights offered where relevant especially from the US. Running throughout the book is consideration of the relationship between financial regulation, financial stability and the responsibility of various actors in governance. This book offers an important contribution to continuing reflections on the role of financial regulation, market discipline and corporate responsibility in the financial sector, and upon the roles of regulatory authorities, markets and firms in ensuring the financial health and security of all in the future.

Directory of Islamic Financial Institutions RLE Banking Finance

Author: John R Presley
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136300023
Format: PDF, Mobi
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When originally published this was the first reference book to address itself to Islamic banking and finance and it offers comprehensive information on all major institutions which have commercial or banking interests in this field. It includes analysis of the principles behind interest-free banking and indicates its relationship with financial institutions in both Islamic countries and Western ones. It also lists the laws governing interest-free banking in countries where it is extensively in operation and provides essential information for all international financial institutions. The Directory lists all banks and financial institutions by country, giving details of their specific role and areas of operation.

Making Finance Work for Africa

Author: Patrick Honohan
Publisher: World Bank Publications
ISBN: 0821369105
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Drawing on its extensive experience in helping restructure and reform financial systems, the World Bank examines the state of African domestic financial systems in a global comparison. It identifies promising trends as well as pinpointing the major shortcomings that are observed across sub-Saharan Africa. Policy recommendations distinguish between those designed to make finance a more effective driver of economic growth and those designed to give low income, small-scale and other excluded groups better access to financial services.