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  • Supervisor’s Experience with Expanding Agent Networks: 4 Insights

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    Wameek Noor, Stefan Staschen
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:33 am
    Agent networks worldwide have drastically changed in nature and scope in recent years. These networks are creating tremendous opportunity by bringing financial choice and convenience to poor customers, including the ability to facilitate digital, cutting-edge savings, credit and insurance products.
  • #TBT to MCON 2015 with CEO Vicki Escarra

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    Allison Kooser
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Last month, Opportunity International Global CEO Vicki Escarra took the stage as a keynote speaker at The Millennial Impact Conference (MCON). This year, MCON focused on influence - and featured leaders who are "activating people for good." Alongside other speakers like Daniel Lubetzky of KIND, Mark Roberge of O.A.R., Jonathan Neman of sweetgreen and Gary Knell of National Geographic, Vicki shared how her career has been one of influence - and how Opportunity International is changing lives around the world.  Take a moment to watch Vicki's conversation with Tom Davidson from PBS. Learn more…
  • MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Grameen Credit Agricole Microfinance Foundation Lends $1.2m in Local Currency to Alidé, COMUBA of Benin

    MicroCapital: On microfinance, mobile money, SMEs and other forms of impact Investing
    Meredith Steih
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:58 am
    The Grameen Credit Agricole Microfinance Foundation (GCAMF), a Luxembourg-based provider of financial services to microfinance institutions (MFIs) and other social businesses, recently informed MicroCapital that it has issued initial tranches of the following loans: (1) The equivalent of approximately USD 882,000 in local currency to be disbursed over three years to Alidé, a microfinance institution (MFI); and (2) the equivalent of approximately USD 336,000 in local currency to be disbursed over two years to the credit union La Coopérative Des Membres Unis Bethel Actions (COMUBA). Both…
  • Mobile Innovation Accelerator, the microTracker, Inclusion in Iraq – the Latest FI2020 News Feed

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    Center for Financial Inclusion
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:28 am
    > Posted by Center Staff Freshly published is the latest edition of the Financial Inclusion 2020 News Feed, our weekly online magazine sharing the big news in banking the unbanked. Among the stories in this week’s edition are the launch of the Citi Mobile Challenge in the Asia-Pacific region, the kick-off of this year’s microTracker survey on the microenterprise industry in the United States, and a blog post series from Ericsson on financial inclusion in Iraq. Here are a few more details: Following successful Citi Mobile Challenges in other regions, the Asia-Pacific…
  • Yetu microfinance extends IPO period - Daily News

    microfinance news - Google News
    5 Aug 2015 | 12:54 am
    Yetu microfinance extends IPO periodDaily NewsThe IPO of Yetu Microfinance started in June 18 and was supposed to close at July30, but was extended to August 29. Yetu Microfinance Managing Director, Altemius Milinga, told Daily News that time extension has been approved by the Capital Markets and ...and more »
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  • Supervisor’s Experience with Expanding Agent Networks: 4 Insights

    Wameek Noor, Stefan Staschen
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:33 am
    Agent networks worldwide have drastically changed in nature and scope in recent years. These networks are creating tremendous opportunity by bringing financial choice and convenience to poor customers, including the ability to facilitate digital, cutting-edge savings, credit and insurance products.
  • How to Drive Merchant Payments? Build Solutions Merchants Want

    Peter Zetterli, Ben Lyon
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:58 am
    Both Kopo Kopo and CGAP have previously written about how payment acceptance alone is insufficient to stimulate change since it’s not a pain point in a merchant’s business; and that getting merchants on board will require a broader suite of value-added services that address the pain points they do have.
  • Lessons on Leadership: From Product-Centric to Customer-Centric

    Erin Stock
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:04 am
    This is the fifth installment of CGAP's video blog series, Lessons on Leadership and Customer Centricity.The operating psyche of many organizations traditionally is a product-based one – they try to sell as many products to as many customers as they can. But that model is less viable today than it once was, for financial service providers and others, said Doug Leather, author of The Customer-Centric Blueprint.
  • The Smallholder Lens: Financial Success, Struggle in Mozambique

    Erin Scronce
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:04 am
    The world’s 475 million smallholder families face unique financial challenges that are complicated and poorly understood. For greater insight into the financial lives, behaviors and needs of these families, CGAP launched the Financial Diaries of Smallholder Households project in mid-2014. Over the course of a year, 270 families in Mozambique, Tanzania, and Pakistan shared not only how they earn, spend and manage their money but also how they make financial decisions.
  • Lessons on Leadership: Check Your Assumptions

    Erin Stock
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:32 am
    This is the fourth installment of CGAP's video blog series, Lessons on Leadership and Customer Centricity.When CRISIL Foundation first designed a program aimed at building the financial capability of low-income women in India, they made a few assumptions about what would work.
 
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  • #TBT to MCON 2015 with CEO Vicki Escarra

    Allison Kooser
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Last month, Opportunity International Global CEO Vicki Escarra took the stage as a keynote speaker at The Millennial Impact Conference (MCON). This year, MCON focused on influence - and featured leaders who are "activating people for good." Alongside other speakers like Daniel Lubetzky of KIND, Mark Roberge of O.A.R., Jonathan Neman of sweetgreen and Gary Knell of National Geographic, Vicki shared how her career has been one of influence - and how Opportunity International is changing lives around the world.  Take a moment to watch Vicki's conversation with Tom Davidson from PBS. Learn more…
  • Mobile Insurance: Comparing Low-Touch and High-Touch Distribution Models

    Allison Kooser
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:40 am
    This article, written by Richard Leftly of MicroEnsure, originally appeared on gsma.com as part of their series on mobile insurance.  Mobile insurance has established itself as one of the fastest-growing business models in mobile financial services in emerging markets.  Although MicroEnsure did not invent mobile insurance, many of the fastest-growing models are now based on the “freemium” product we built for Tigo Ghana in 2010, which has since launched in 13 other markets across Africa and Asia. As mobile insurance has grown, a debate has emerged regarding high-touch vs. low-touch…
  • Farming For Africa's Future

    Allison Kooser
    17 Jul 2015 | 8:41 am
    “Three quarters of the world’s poor and chronically hungry people live in rural areas and are also mainly dependent on agriculture for their livelihoods. Smallholder farmers and rural entrepreneurs could contribute much more to producing food, job creation, national economic growth, and the preservation of natural resources. Yet they often lack the tools to do so. And many of those who are producers of food go hungry themselves. Investment in rural development is key to delivering a host of development objectives, including adequate food, clean air, fresh water and biodiversity. And…
  • #TBT to Global Money Week

    Allison Kooser
    16 Jul 2015 | 9:54 am
    In March, Opportunity Malawi participated in Global Money Week. This week, for Throwback Thursday (#TBT), we are remembering this year's event.  When thinking about the importance of financial awareness, it can be quite overwhelming at first. Managing money can definitely be difficult; I often feel a pang of panic whenever I take a quick peak at my bank account. Despite this, it is incredibly important for children and adults alike to start becoming mindful of the importance of financial stability and how it can affect their futures – so what better way to promote financial awareness than…
  • Meet Arnest, A Community Leader

    Allison Kooser
    14 Jul 2015 | 8:36 am
    This summer, we are exploring the path from Farm to Table - exploring the many issues smallholder farmers face around the world.  After working in the telecom sector for one year, Arnest Sebbumba realized that there was something missing from his life. He looked around his community in the Kayunga District of Uganda and noticed that changes needed to be made - a lot of changes. So he took action. Arnest left his family home to attend The Uganda Institute of Information and Technology in Kampala, Uganda where he received his degree in telecommunications. He spent his time working tirelessly…
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    MicroCapital: On microfinance, mobile money, SMEs and other forms of impact Investing

  • MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Grameen Credit Agricole Microfinance Foundation Lends $1.2m in Local Currency to Alidé, COMUBA of Benin

    Meredith Steih
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:58 am
    The Grameen Credit Agricole Microfinance Foundation (GCAMF), a Luxembourg-based provider of financial services to microfinance institutions (MFIs) and other social businesses, recently informed MicroCapital that it has issued initial tranches of the following loans: (1) The equivalent of approximately USD 882,000 in local currency to be disbursed over three years to Alidé, a microfinance institution (MFI); and (2) the equivalent of approximately USD 336,000 in local currency to be disbursed over two years to the credit union La Coopérative Des Membres Unis Bethel Actions (COMUBA). Both…
  • MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Symbiotics Issues $26m in Bonds for Coopservidores Cooperative of Costa Rica; Fusion Microfinance, Suryoday of India

    Mathew Cerf
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:50 am
    Symbiotics, a Switzerland-based for-profit investment intermediary, recently issued bonds for Coopeservidores, a Costa Rican savings and credit cooperative, in the amount of USD 12.5 million; Fusion Microfinance, an Indian microfinance institution (MFI), in the amount of USD 7 million; and Suryoday Microfinance Private Limited (Suryoday), another Indian MFI, in the amount of USD 6.8 million. The bond issued to Fusion was subscribed to only by investment funds managed and advised by Sybiotics. The bonds issued to Coopservidores and Suryoday were subscribed to by investment funds managed and…
  • MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Tanzania’s National Microfinance Bank Launches MasterCard Debit Cards

    Arpita Sarkar
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:53 am
    Tanzania’s National Microfinance Bank (NMB) recently launched a range of debit cards including Tanzanite, targeting the mass market; Titanium, targeting the middle class; and World Rewards, targeting affluent customers. These debit cards are branded by MasterCard, a New York-based payments and technology company. As per Ineke Bussemaker, the managing director of NMB, the debit cards were launched to cater to the “evolving needs” of the bank’s customers who were “increasingly seeking faster, more secure and smarter ways to pay.” The debit cards will enable cardholders to withdraw…
  • MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Bank of Ghana Doubles Minimum Capital Requirement for Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) to $610k As of 2018

    Victor Mugo
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:14 am
    The Bank of Ghana (BoG), which serves as the country’s central bank and is mandated to license, regulate and supervise financial institutions, reportedly announced that it has revised the minimum capital requirement for microfinance institutions (MFIs) from GHS 1 million (approximately USD 305,000) to GHS 2 million (approximately USD 610,000).Deposit-taking MFIs are required to comply with the new regulation by June 2018 while the deadline for non-deposit taking MFIs is December 2018. The MFIs that fail to comply with these requirements shall have their operating licenses revoked [1].
  • MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Pakistan’s Apna Obtains Nationwide Microfinance Banking License

    Arpita Sarkar
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:05 pm
    The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), the country’s central bank, recently issued a nationwide microfinance banking license to Apna Microfinance Bank (Apna MFB) thereby enhancing its status from that of a district-based bank. This license permits Apna MFB to expand its operations outside the city of Karachi, Pakistan, where it operates five branches. The Pakistan-based United International Group acquired a majority stake in Apna MFB in late 2011 under an agreement with the SBP that United International would complete the steps necessary for Apna MFB to acquire such a license. This nationwide…
 
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    Center for Financial Inclusion blog

  • Mobile Innovation Accelerator, the microTracker, Inclusion in Iraq – the Latest FI2020 News Feed

    Center for Financial Inclusion
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:28 am
    > Posted by Center Staff Freshly published is the latest edition of the Financial Inclusion 2020 News Feed, our weekly online magazine sharing the big news in banking the unbanked. Among the stories in this week’s edition are the launch of the Citi Mobile Challenge in the Asia-Pacific region, the kick-off of this year’s microTracker survey on the microenterprise industry in the United States, and a blog post series from Ericsson on financial inclusion in Iraq. Here are a few more details: Following successful Citi Mobile Challenges in other regions, the Asia-Pacific…
  • Latin America’s Wealthier Base of the Pyramid

    Center for Financial Inclusion
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    > Posted by Center Staff How has Latin America and the Caribbean’s (LAC) market at the base of the pyramid (BoP) changed during recent years? Tuesday, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) released a new report exploring this question. Among the findings, the research revealed that the BoP market (those living on less than $10 per day) has grown 22 percent in a decade, going from $623 billion in 2000 to $759 billion in 2010. This increase wasn’t the result of demographic changes, but of economic growth. The per capita income among the BoP in the region increased at 2 percent…
  • Financial Inclusion of People with Disabilities – Is Access the Biggest Barrier?

    Center for Financial Inclusion
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:43 am
    > Posted by Alvina Zafar, Deputy Manager, Financial Education and Client Protection, BRAC Microfinance Financial Inclusion 2020 (FI2020) is a global multi-stakeholder movement to achieve full financial inclusion, using the year 2020 as a focal point for action. This blog series will spotlight financial inclusion efforts around the globe and share insights from key thought leaders in financial inclusion, with a specific focus on quality beyond access. “I am not sure if I can repay more loans, and I don’t want to be overburdened by debt.” That was how Noyon, a small grocery shop…
  • The Politics Behind Mobile Money in Ethiopia

    Center for Financial Inclusion
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:24 am
    > Posted by Haset Solomon, Communications and Operations Associate, the Smart Campaign #464372564 / gettyimages.com The East African mobile revolution seems to be hitting every country in the region, including the state-less Somalia. However, the second-most populous country and growing economic powerhouse of the continent has been immune to it up until very recently. Over the past decade, Ethiopia has been lauded for its economic progress, with an average GDP growth rate of about 10 percent and its ambitious goal to reach middle-income status by 2025. Despite its growth, the country’s…
  • New Surveys Fill Data Void in China’s Microfinance Industry

    Center for Financial Inclusion
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:28 am
    > Posted by Tyler Aveni, Positive Planet China #179628484 / gettyimages.com In an industry that is constantly evolving due to new technology and abundant knowledge-sharing opportunities, practitioners of socially-driven microfinance and inclusive financial services are also helping to drive new innovation. Accompanying research critically assists this process, especially in evaluating the impact of these new methods and initiatives. This presents a problem for countries like China where a dearth of credible (or existing) data resources makes a critical review of practices far harder to…
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  • Yetu microfinance extends IPO period - Daily News

    5 Aug 2015 | 12:54 am
    Yetu microfinance extends IPO periodDaily NewsThe IPO of Yetu Microfinance started in June 18 and was supposed to close at July30, but was extended to August 29. Yetu Microfinance Managing Director, Altemius Milinga, told Daily News that time extension has been approved by the Capital Markets and ...and more »
  • Microfinance firms can play role in financial inclusion: RBI - Economic Times

    4 Aug 2015 | 8:23 am
    Microfinance firms can play role in financial inclusion: RBIEconomic TimesThese companies fulfil financial needs of people of the lowest strata by providing small loans without any guarantees, but despite that, their loan recovery rate is 98 per cent, which is highly surprising, he said while addressing a session on 'Micro and more »
  • Association Seeks N500m For Microfinance Cooperative - The Tide

    4 Aug 2015 | 7:26 am
    Association Seeks N500m For Microfinance CooperativeThe Tidecial Analysts of Nigeria (AFAN), says it needs N500 million to commence its microfinance cooperative in six geopolitical zones in Nigeria and six African countries. The President of the association, Dr Abdullahi Usman, made this known at the AFAN
  • MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Grameen Credit Agricole Microfinance Foundation Lends $1 ... - MicroCapital

    4 Aug 2015 | 6:58 am
    MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Grameen Credit Agricole Microfinance Foundation Lends $1 MicroCapitalThe Grameen Credit Agricole Microfinance Foundation (GCAMF), a Luxembourg-based provider of financial services to microfinance institutions (MFIs) and other social businesses, recently informed MicroCapital that it has issued initial tranches of the ...
  • Empowering the Poor through Islamic Microfinance - Global Indonesian Voices (GIVnews.com)

    3 Aug 2015 | 5:56 pm
    Global Indonesian Voices (GIVnews.com)Empowering the Poor through Islamic MicrofinanceGlobal Indonesian Voices (GIVnews.com)BMT is a unique Indonesian model of Islamic microfinance institution, established as a social enterprise to lift people from the valley of poverty. And according to Jamil, there are more than 1000 BMTs scattered all over Indonesia, mostly in Java and
 
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  • Interest Rates and House Prices: Pill or Poison?

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    5 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Interest Rates and House Prices: Pill or Poison? Òscar Jordà, Moritz Schularick, and Alan M. Taylor FRBSF Economic Letter 2015-25, August 3, 2015     Policymakers disagree over whether central banks should use interest rates to curb leverage and asset price booms. Higher interest rates make mortgages more expensive and could prevent borrowers from bidding up house prices to create a boom. However, rough calculations show that the size of rate increase needed to do so might also boost unemployment and push down inflation. Thus, using this type of policy tool may cause the central…
  • Plant Capacity by Power Source in Megawatts

    Barry Ritholtz
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Source: Washington Post
  • The Recency Effect & Investors

    Barry Ritholtz
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    What do gold prices, a stock-market plunge and a credit crisis have in common? The way investors tend to see them are examples of the “recency effect.“ A brief description first: In human psychology, people who are asked to recall items on a long list tend to have a sharper memory of the items toward the end. This is a function of finite memory capacity — you can’t remember everything, so you recall the more recent items. From an evolutionary perspective, this makes some sense. Focusing on what happened some time ago while imminent threats exist probably isn’t…
  • 10 Tuesday AM Reads

    Barry Ritholtz
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    We have dug up quite an eclectic set of morning train reads for you to start your day with: • Theft, Lies, and Facebook Video: Facebook says it’s now streaming more video than YouTube. To be able to make that claim, all they had to do was cheat, lie, and steal (Medium) • Hey, investment cranks: The Internet never forgets (Washington Post) • Stock Guru Bill Miller Is Back But the Questions and Pain Linger (Bloomberg) • CEO pay out of line with free markets (Dallas Morning News) • Winners of the 2015 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest (The Atlantic) Continues here…
  • Jon Stewart: You Can’t Prove That on TV

    Barry Ritholtz
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    The Daily ShowDaily Show Full Episodes,  More Daily Show Videos,  Comedy Central Full Episodes
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  • Video: Paul Tudor Jones and Peter Borish on trading

    2 Aug 2015 | 11:09 am
    Hello, gang. Long time, no update (here on the blog). Today we have some great weekend videos for you that bridge the trading past with the present. I think you'll enjoy them.Longtime readers and followers of Finance Trends may recall our posting the Paul Tudor Jones Trader documentary way back in the early days of this bull market. We're bringing it back today with a new video link and adding some new commentary on hedge funds and trading from Jones' old partner, Peter Borish, who was recently interviewed on Bloomberg TV. So without further ado, let's jump right in.Watch: Paul Tudor…
  • What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars: Interview with Brendan Moynihan

    2 Mar 2015 | 5:02 pm
    Next on my to-read list is Jim Paul and Brendan Moynihan's book, What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars. It is the story of one trader's (Jim Paul) disastrous losing streak and how he (barely) survived it, learning a few key lessons on ego and risk in the process.As you'll note from the book's rather unusual title, What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars is not your typical "trading system-in-a-book", promising a golden pathway to riches. It deals squarely with losses and how overconfidence and success can lead us to complacency and ruin. So what lessons can we take from another trader's…
  • The Dot-Com Bubble in 1 Chart: InfoSpace

    24 Feb 2015 | 4:37 pm
    With all the recent talk of a new bubble in the making, thanks in part to the Yellen Fed's continued easy money stance, I thought it'd be instructive to revisit our previous stock market bubble - in one quick chart.So here's what a real stock market bubble looks like. Here's what a bubble *really* looks like. InfoSpace in 1999-2001. $QQQ $BCOR pic.twitter.com/xjsMk433H7— David Shvartsman (@FinanceTrends) February 24, 2015 For those of you who are a little too young to recall it, this is a chart of InfoSpace at the height of the Nasdaq dot-com bubble in 1999-2001. This fallen angel…
  • How to "Pull the Trigger" on Your Trading Ideas

    16 Feb 2015 | 5:18 pm
    In our last post, I quoted hedge fund manager, Jim Leitner on the importance of following up on your investment ideas. Today I'd like to follow up and share some thoughts on how you can learn to consistently "pull the trigger" on your best trading setups and investing ideas.In order to help you do that, we'll take from the best and offer up key insights from interviews with top traders and trading psychologists like Alan Farley, Brett Steenbarger, and Doug Hirschhorn. Now before we get to their key insights on overcoming trading anxiety and pulling the trigger on your trading ideas,…
  • Jim Leitner quote: Follow up on your investment ideas

    31 Jan 2015 | 2:15 pm
    Global macro investor, Jim Leitner of Falcon Management was interviewed for Steven Drobny's book, Inside the House of Money. I've included one of my favorite quotes, on the importance of following up on investing ideas, below."Learn to love to listen to people and when you hear something interesting, follow up on it. Don't just think, "Well that's an interesting idea" only to find out a year later that the company you could've bought shares in is now up 500-fold. You never want to say woulda, coulda, shoulda." This is an especially relevant quote, as I've struggled with regrets over…
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  • Privacy And Patients: Having Patience With Change

    Dr. Leonard
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:17 pm
    Successful analysis of the rule will require time and attention from staff in virtually all departments in a health care organization that handle identifiable medical information. Because of its scope, the rule will affect virtually all areas in an organization. That’s because the rule requires the development of privacy protection procedures and the training of all employees to comply with the procedures. HHS officials issued the proposed privacy rule because Congress failed to enact a national privacy law, authorized under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of…
  • Price To Subsidy Link Cited With Supply Issues

    Dr. Leonard
    13 Jul 2015 | 7:04 pm
    Governmental support of agriculture rises when markets fall, and appears to diminish when prices rise. Given the intractability of developed country governments in their determination to support agriculture when reason dictates that such support should have long since been abandoned, this phenomenon is hardly surprising. The latest Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development analysis of levels of support to agriculture [*] confirms this unsurprising relationship (see also article in European Policy News section this issue). With a 35% plus fall in world agricultural commodity prices…
  • Alleviating Your Worries With IRS Tax Help

    Dr. Leonard
    9 Jul 2015 | 7:56 am
    You cannot solve your tax issues if you do not seek IRS tax help. As a taxpayer, it is very important to go over your tax records so that you can know how much you owe to the government and why such kind of penalty is given to you. There are a number of people who are faced with tax penalties because they neglect to pay their taxes on time. It is a federal law that anyone who did not file a tax return will face the consequences of it. Thus, if this …
  • Now That EMR Is Mainstream, A Look Back

    Dr. Leonard
    12 May 2015 | 6:17 pm
    To hear it from a couple of dozen enthusiastic vendors, the concept of putting personal health histories on a safeguarded Internet site is logical and laudable. Providers get access to vital information in emergencies and better information in the everyday situations that call for all the clues they can get to diagnose a problem. Personal medical records are appearing on the Internet in various forms and stages of development. The field, which scarcely existed a year ago, is exploding with activity. “It’s very early on, but in a couple of years, we’re going to look …
  • How Data Recovery Gets Done In Irvine

    Dr. Leonard
    7 May 2015 | 10:12 pm
    Even if you are not a computer expert, hard drive problems can be killer, but fixable. The first thing that you have to do is to obtain all the necessary cables, an extra computer and other equipment and tools. As soon as you have these materials, search online in order to get the step by step guide for your computer. There will be certain commands to be entered in the computer system so be careful when inputting all the information. You can also download a data recovery software product. Of course, there is a corresponding fee for such software so you’d better prepare your money for…
 
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  • Relationship Between Financial Depth and Economic Growth

    ifmr
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:11 am
    By Nishanth K & Irene Baby, IFMR Finance Foundation This is the first post in our blog series on the concept of financial depth and the various methods to measure it. The introductory post summarizes the literature pertaining to the significance of financial depth. The subsequent posts in the series covers the limitations of the various measures of financial depth and delves on the concepts of Equilibrium Credit and Financial Possibility Frontier. The series will also cover the advantages of these concepts over previously-used measures, especially when attempting to measure financial…
  • Difference in Client Response to Micro-Lending – Few observations

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    20 Jul 2015 | 12:31 am
    By Aryasilpa Adhikari, IFMR Capital The post focuses on the specific differences in client’s response to various aspects and attributes of micro-lending principles and practice, in rural and urban areas. It is based on observations* from the field visits done as part of our regular monitoring visits. The complete oeuvre of micro-finance was conceptualised and framed by Prof. Yunus with the strong premise of “Poor are Bankable”. This was designed with a strong sense of imbedded social collateral (in place of conventional collateral), group discipline and small but frequent repayments.
  • Importance of Site Selection in Model Incubation

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    12 Jul 2015 | 5:37 am
    By Surabhi Mall, IFMR Rural Finance This is the third post in our blog series on KGFS Model Incubation. The objective of the series is to methodically conceptualize an approach to build the branch network while incubating a new KGFS entity or expanding to contiguous districts. The posts focus on themes that range from district selection to identification of branch locations and optimization of the distribution network. The previous blog post of the series discussed the costs and benefits involved in mapping the service area based on the extent of detail sought. Having mapped the area, the…
  • Battle of Economic Ideas – Part III

    ifmr
    25 Jun 2015 | 12:22 am
    By Ravi Saraogi, IFMR Investments This is the third and final post in our blog series on the Battle of Economic Ideas. You can read the first post here, and the second post here In the first post, we traced the emergence of a rational and modern society during the Age of Enlightenment (1650s-1780s). The subsequent era of the Classical Liberals (1750s to 1880s) witnessed the birth of modern economics through the works of Adam Smith. In the second post, we provided an overview of the Marxian and Keynesian backlash (1850s to 1970s) that challenged the ideas of Classical Liberals. Continuing from…
  • The IFMR Trust Group Annual Update 2015: Enabling Access to Finance

    ifmr
    11 Jun 2015 | 6:17 am
    The IFMR Trust Group has, since 2008, reached over 11 million financially excluded individuals across 24 states and 356 districts in India through its group companies, IFMR Finance Foundation, IFMR Rural Finance, and IFMR Holdings (IFMR Rural Channels and Services (IRCS), IFMR Capital, and Investment Adviser and IFMR Investment Managers – collectively referred to as IFMR Investments). With its focus on both retail and wholesale financial services, the group currently offers its retail rural customers with over 15 products and services, including customized loan, savings, investment,…
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