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Risk management in financial markets

There is a common adage in finance that “risk and return are proportionate”. Well-diversified portfolio protects investments from the downside risk and this follows the principle that diversification reduces risk which is true at least for the lovers of Means-Variance Analysis (MVA). Hedge funds, nonetheless, often make this risk-return efficiency …

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Africa’s women: Farming to feed the continent

Like many African women, Mazoe Gondwe is her family’s main food provider. Lately, she has struggled to farm her plot in Malawi due to unpredictable rains that are making her hard life even tougher. “Now we can’t just depend on rain-fed agriculture, so we plant two crops – one watered …

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Ghana: A country overview

Ghana will hold a run-off vote on Sunday December 28, 2008 to decide who will be president of Africa’s newest emerging oil producer, already a magnet of investor interest. The deciding ballot pits Nana Akufo-Addo, of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), against the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC)’s John …

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Nigerian enterprises oiling Ghana’s economy

Before 2005, there were no fewer than 95 Nigerian commercial banks in an amorphous pack, with many of them showing deep signs of systemic malfunction and dense stress, requiring a surgical operation to avoid the unpleasant and unprecedented distress of the 1990s. So when Central Bank Governor, Chukwuma Soludo applied …

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Drugs trade threatens to destroy Ghana’s image

Hopes of future oil prosperity have given a lift to Ghana’s presidential election race, but drug trafficking threatens to spoil the West African country’s image with the stain of corruption. During the heated election contest, to be decided in a December 28 run-off, lurid headlines in the partisan press accused …

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Dumpong Rural Bank makes modest gains

Management of Dumpong Rural Bank increased its deposits from 760,000 Ghana cedis in 2006 to 1,059,000 Ghana cedis last year representing an increase of 40 per cent. The bank made a net profit of 10,094 Ghana cedis in 2007 as against a loss of 67,440 Ghana Cedis in 2006 while …

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Ghana’s image is glowing abroad, but beginning to show a few blemishes at home

Just a few years ago, democracy’s march across Africa seemed unstoppable. These days, it seems stalled: vote rigging in Nigeria, a convulsion of ethnic violence after disputed elections in Kenya and outright theft at the polls in Zimbabwe are among the most recent signs. That may be why those looking …

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Effective risk management in public sector enterprises

Poverty Reduction Strategies (PRS), Millennium Development Goals (MGDs), Structural Adjustment Programmes (SAP), Economic Recovery Programmes (ERP), and the other numerous multilateral and bilateral packages have for sure not given us the trajectory of wealth and prosperity. These strategies did not and have not provided a clear way of sealing off …

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Will a black Pope ever emerge in the Catholic Church?

Before the election of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, there was the papal “candidacy” of Francis Arinze. The Nigerian Cardinal had been billed as the man who could become the first black Pope, garnering loads of media attention during the run-up to the 2005 conclave when Ratzinger eventually emerged as Benedict XVI. …

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The layman’s glossary on financial crisis

The current financial crisis has thrown terminology from the business pages onto the front page of newspapers, with jargon now abounding everywhere from the watercooler to the back of a taxi. Here is a guide to many of the business terms currently cropping up regularly, as well as some of …

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