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The Tobin Tax

The Tobin Tax

For years we’ve been hearing that the vagaries of the global financial market need to be regulated. Every time a financial crisis occurs, every time markets have failed and destroyed economic activity, the debate over Tobin Tax is brought to the front...

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Financial markets in China

Financial markets in China

The year 2009 has been distinguished by the celebration of the Chinese popular republic’s 60th anniversary. In the last year the Chinese government implement many reforms which accelerate the economic development and the opening to international trade....

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Blame it on the bonus culture?

Blame it on the bonus culture?

Before the financial crisis, few were concerned about how big traders’ bonuses were. They were part of the « Bonus culture ». In the aftermath of the recent crisis, the situation has changed. Suspicions have fallen on the bonus culture that reigns over...

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Controversial Hedge Funds

Controversial Hedge Funds

What is a hedge fund? Defining a « hedge fund » is quite difficult because of the diversity of the funds lying behind this concept. Above all, there is no legal definition to help. According to Vernimmen : « A hedge fund is a speculative fund seeking...

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Understanding Credit Ratings

Understanding Credit Ratings

A credit rating is an opinion on a borrower’s creditworthiness, i.e. on its ability and willingness to repay its debt. Credit ratings can be assigned to corporations, non-profit organizations, public institutions or countries and apply to the borrower...

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