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Blockchain can’t solve every problem in the finance industry. www.shutterstock.com

Blockchain – not fit for financial markets

For a discipline that is supposedly rational, finance has had its fair share of irrational crazes. For example, the dotcom bubble and the collateralized debt obligation craze that led to the global financial…
South African President Jacob Zuma just escaped a bid by some of his senior colleagues in the governing ANC to remove him. REUTERS/Rogan Ward

The South African economy will be bolstered if Zuma falls

The South African economy stands to benefit if the country's president steps aside because he has had a destructive economic impact.
Superannuation’s influence on the Australian financial sector mostly balances out. www.shutterstock.com

Business Briefing: what super is doing to banking and finance

Business Briefing: what super is doing to banking and finance. The Conversation10 MB (download)
New research modelled how an increase in the superannuation guarantee would affect the finance sector and the results show it all balances out.
South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma is part of a faction which embraces patronage politics. Reuters/Mike Hutchings

Economic exclusion feeds the politics of patronage in South Africa

It is common to reduce the politics of the ANC to a battle between personalities. A closer look suggest that this is a fight between two factions, both of them products of trends in the economy.
Banking inquiries in their current form serve as political theatre, rather than as a genuine form of accountability. Lukas Coch/AAP

Banking inquiry findings – ask the wrong questions get the wrong answers

Members of House Standing Committee on Economics should be asking the directors of Australia's Big Four banks (not the CEOs) different questions, if they really want the right answers.
Commonwealth Bank of Australia CEO Ian Narev attends the parliamentary inquiry into the banking system. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Business Briefing: fixing culture in banking and finance

Business Briefing: fixing culture in banking and finance. The Conversation19.7 MB (download)
"Banking culture" has drawn a lot of scrutiny this year, after several high-profile scandals. But Professor Paul Kofman says there isn't much evidence for how to intervene if there's a problem.

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