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  • Casablanca bourse on the rebound

    Casablanca bourse on the rebound

    September 30, 2013

    Casablanca hosts Africa’s second-largest stock market after Johannesburg despite restrictions on the financial instruments it can trade. The bourse’s growth prospects are looking good. The stock exchange in Casablanca was established in 1929. At that time, it was known as the Office de Compensation des Valeurs Mobilières, or the Office for Clearing of Transferable Securities.… Read more

    #Africa #Capital Markets #Morocco
    #Guide Morocco 2012
  • More deals

    More deals

    September 28, 2013

    Corporate finance is still a golden fleece, although things were better two years ago. Mouhssine CherkaouiAdministrateur DirecteurGénéral, UplineCorporate Finance The market for corporate finance and investment banking services in Morocco is relatively young. It started off in the mid-1990s, to accompany privatizations and initial public offerings on the Casablanca Stock Exchange. Things have evolved since,… Read more

    #Africa #Corporate Finance #Morocco
    #Guide Morocco 2012
  • Fundamentally sound

    Fundamentally sound

    September 27, 2013

    With more than $26 billion in assets, Morocco’s banking system is well-capitalized and growing fast. The country’s strategy is to become the dominant regional platform, thanks to conservative monetary policies and banking regulations, as well as expansive outbound tactics. Morocco has a healthy interest in its financial sector. The country’s political stability and low risk… Read more

    #Africa #Banking #Morocco
    #Guide Morocco 2012
  • Low barriers to high value

    Low barriers to high value

    September 25, 2013

    To improve its attractiveness in the offshoring sector, Morocco has introduced valuable incentives and developed infrastructure to accommodate technology-intensive companies. Foreign investors have started flocking. No, offshoring in Morocco is not a high-speed boat race. It refers to a set of three key activities that European and North American companies are sub-contracting out to specialist… Read more

    #Africa #Morocco #Offshoring
    #Guide Morocco 2012
  • Real estate boom

    Real estate boom

    September 24, 2013

    Santiago’s office space supply is set to increase massively when the Costanera Center, the country’s flagship real estate project, opens. Latin America’s favorable economic outlook is driving the office real estate markets as well as all other commercial facilities. The region’s total office supply has increased an average of 6% a year over the past… Read more

    #America #Chile #Real estate
    #Guide Chile 2012
  • Money flows south

    Money flows south

    September 24, 2013

    Chile is developing a strong financial services sector, based on its political stability, strong savings rate, and low lending rates. The best benchmark for the growth of the Chilean financial sector? As in many countries, it seems to be the sprouting number of skyscrapers that dot Las Condes, the neighborhood of Santiago that hosts many… Read more

    #America #Banking #Chile
    #Guide Chile 2012
  • In good company

    In good company

    September 24, 2013

    Chile’s main stock exchange, the Bolsa de Comercio de Santiago, has performed well over the past decade. It relies more on bonds and debt instruments than on a less-active equity market. For trading in stocks, bonds, currencies and other financial instruments, Chilean investors and institutions turn mostly to the Bolsa de Comercio de Santiago (BCS),… Read more

    #America #Capital Markets #Chile
    #Guide Chile 2012
  • Post-reform picture

    Post-reform picture

    September 7, 2013

    Snapshots of Nigeria’s leading banks in order of revenues posted through third quarter 2011. FirstBank of Nigeria – Founded in 1894 and listed on the Nigerian stock exchange in 1971, FirstBank is Nigeria’s oldest bank and largest by 2011 revenues. It provides commercial banking services, including merchant and investment banking, fund management, registrars, advisory services… Read more

    #Africa #Banking #Nigeria
    #Guide Nigeria 2012
  • Good drives out bad

    Good drives out bad

    September 7, 2013

    Nigerian regulators responded to impact of the global economic crisis with reforms that have strengthened the country’s banking system. In 2009, Nigeria’s banking sector was on the verge of collapse as the aftershocks of the global financial crisis washed onto the country’s shores. When the capital market bubble burst, the balance sheet of Nigeria’s banks… Read more

    #Africa #Banking #Nigeria
    #Guide Nigeria 2012
  • Solid investments

    Solid investments

    September 7, 2013

    Well-informed real estate investors can reap handsome profits from a good deal. Returns of 20%-30% are not uncommon. The Nigerian real estate sector is an emerging market with an estimated value of about $5 billion. It is a continually growing market with an estimated growth rate of 10% to 15% per annum. Through its housing… Read more

    #Africa #Nigeria #Real estate
    #Guide Nigeria 2012