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  1. Nigerian capital importation and its equity “bias”


    The Nigerian capital importation for the second quarter of 2014 rose by 48.7% to stand at 5.804 billion dollars compared to 3.904 billion dollars Capital importation in the second quarter of 2014 grew by 3.2% compared to the corresponding quarter of 2013.
  2. Will Ukraine Commit Economic Suicide?


    Ukraine is on the brink of committing economic suicide after imposing a crippling 55 percent tax on private gas producers, while parliament prepares to vote on next year's budget, which aims for a continuation of the same.
  3. Joseph E. Stiglitz: Democracy in the Twenty-First Century


    The reception in the United States, and in other advanced economies, of Thomas Piketty’s recent book Capital in the Twenty-First Century attests to growing concern about rising inequality. His book lends further weight to the already overwhelming body of
  4. All Eyes on Kenya: The Next Big Oil Exporter


    This piece takes a look at Kenya and developments taking place there that could soon see the country catapulted on the map of oil exporting countries. Kenya is definitely the place to watch in Africa and the coming months will be critical to their future
  5. Who is Boko Haram?


    Nigeria revels at copying. We copy a lot and add our own dimension to things. Sadly, one of our latest imported craze is the phenomenon known as Boko Haram. Some of our young men have allowed themselves to be turned into terrorists and stone cold kill
  6. The Bigger Oil Story Behind the Headlines: Interview with Michael Levi


    While we fixate on sexy headlines about Chinese military threats in the South China Sea, for instance, or Washington 'lifting the ban' on crude oil exports, we miss the bigger stories—and we miss the reality. China's relentless resource quest has the grea
  7. Researchers find Social Media as Correlate of Prostitution among Students in Delta State


    Ufuophu-Biri & Iwu (2014) in a paper titled Social media as correlate of prostitution among students of higher institutions of learning in Delta State, Nigeria published by the Covenant Journal of Communication (Vol. 2, No. 1) sought to determine the re
  8. From Germany to South Africa – The Oppenheimers: Diamonds Are Not Forever


    “I’m a philistine.” Nicholas F Oppenheimer, worth some $6.5bn, is not likely to be spotted at a theatre or opera house anytime soon. The vast library of rare antique tomes his grandfather Ernest (1880-1957) lovingly accumulated over a lifetime remains bu
  9. Legal Rights: Chocolate City vs Brymo Suit No: FHC/L/1422/2013 Revisited


    In the field of Entertainment Law record label companies typically enter into an exclusive recording contract with an artiste to market the artistes recordings in return for royalties on the selling price of the recordings, and such contracts may extend
  10. Ayn Rand's Hymn to Money


    So you think that money is the root of all evil. Have you ever asked what is the root of money? Money is a tool of exchange, which can't exist unless there are goods produced, and there are men able to produce them. Money is the material shape of the prin
  11. Boko Haram threatens Nigeria's economic future


    The horrific kidnapping of nearly 300 Nigerian school girls has directed global attention to Africa's largest economy.
  12. Telecoms M&A and market trends from 2013


    Despite continued challenging conditions, 2013 saw a number of 'mega-deals', with the gem in the crown being Vodafone's $130 billion disposal of its 45% stake in Verizon Wireless. The deal, the largest M&A transaction (across sectors) of 2013, was the thi
  13. Discharge of tax liabilities by a third party as realization of income


    Income represents an increase in wealth recognized for tax purposes upon realization. Thus, the sole question in this paper to examine, the Nigerian taxation laws, the impact of the Dutch superstar, Ruud Gullit�s insistence that Chelsea should pay
  14. Despite the Rhethoric, Russia and the EU will remain interconnected by Natural Gas


    Russian President Vladimir Putin said he doesn't think the European community can do without the natural gas it gets from energy monopoly Gazprom. With a Russian economy starting to decline, however, it may be Gazprom that's too strongly interconnected to
  15. Ukraine Falling to Economic Warfare and Its Own Missteps


    As violence overtakes Ukraine in the east and Russian soldiers amass on the borders, it might be time to take a serious look at what Moscow's stated grievances are and why Ukraine's new leaders need to look east for unity and how they missed the boat on e
  16. The Cement Industry and Unrelated Matters


    Bet you guys heard about Anhui Conch (AC) or nah? No? I thought so. Anyway you've come to the right place. The picture below should give you an understanding.
  17. Why Ukraine's Next President Doesn't Matter


    The article takes a look at the upcoming Ukrainian presidential elections, who has the greatest chance of winning, who is damaged goods and what can the country expect from a new president. One of our sources in Ukraine has also just informed us that Yuri
  18. What the Loss of Crimea Means for Ukrainian Energy: Interview with Robert Bensh


    Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula is now Russia's. It was done with an impressively organized non-violent military operation, and supported by the foregone conclusion of a referendum on independence from Ukraine. One Ukrainian soldier was reportedly killed on 1
  19. Feyi Fawehinmi: Right Of Reply, This National Conference Must Succeed


    The first few paragraphs of Mr. Peterside’s admittedly well-written piece are a remarkable exercise in the business of contradiction. In seeking to openly undermine Nigeria’s democratic institutions, Mr. Peterside cannot avoid making a case for democracy
  20. Dynamics of Delta 2015 Guber Elections


    The 2015 elections may still be more than a year away but in Delta State, some of the gubernatorial hopefuls are already at one another’s throats in what is fast deteriorating into a rat race to Government House. My projection is that the desperation with
  21. The Case Against Sanusi Lamido Sanusi


    I do not come to venerate Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, for he is not a saint. As much as I admire him, there are flaws too obvious to ignore. But this is not a time for psychoanalysis; it is a time to set truth apart from fiction. When the (suspended) CBN Govern
  22. A Case of Uncounted Billions


    To a first-time visitor, much of Nigeria is likely to appear like the wreckage of a long war, what with its gutted roads, rutted infrastructure, the near-absence of electric power, and the paucity of pipe-borne water. It�s a developmental nightmare
  23. RE: CBN and the Presidential Directive on Kerosene Subsidy


    When Sanusi Lamido Sanusi was appointed the CBN Governor, he hit the ground running on a very good footing. However his recent self-righteous outrage against the NNPC in a careless and incoherent manner is beginning to raise questions about the true motiv
  24. Big Data for enhanced personnel Insight


    The dynamic nature of the modern job market is fuelling the need for deeper workforce insight across all levels of a business so that managers can make proactive personnel choices that will positively impact their operations. Today, the foundation for in
  25. Market Disruptor - Nuclear Restarts Spells Trouble for LNG


    Here is the latest article from Oilprice relevant for the Nigerian economy. It's a little longer than normal pieces syndicated from Oilprice, but a very interesting piece of research we hope you will find interesting.
  26. The Prodigal Naira, Old Wine in Old Bottle & Politics as Usual


    The influential Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of Nigeria’s Central Bank recently warned that the country continues to bleed its rainy day fund, the excess crude account, turning it into an unmitigated automated teller machine (ATM). According to the MPC
  27. Who Was Milton Friedman?


    The history of economic thought in the twentieth century is a bit like the history of Christianity in the sixteenth century. Until John Maynard Keynes published The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money in 1936, economics�at least in th
  28. Africa Confidentials’ Take on Sudan and Nigeria


    Here are two stories on the challenge of Politics in Africa at the detriment of economic development
  29. FINMA's new regulations and guidelines regarding market conduct of investors


    In November 2013 the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) punished Basler Kantonalbank (BKB) for manipulation of the market price of its participation certificates listed at the Swiss Exchange. The penalties included the disgorgement of il
  30. What Nigeria can learn from America’s Road Network


    Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR), ranks as one of America’s most visionary Presidents ever. He is described as a “man given to big thoughts.” In 1937 he summoned to the White House, a man by the name, Thomas “The Chief” MacDonald, the head of the Bureau of
  31. The 18th Ram Principle


    Learning how to negotiate or/and resolve a seemingly intractable problem? Consider the approach deployed
  32. U.S. Trio Wins Nobel Economics Prize


    STOCKHOLM--A U.S. trio has been awarded this year's Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for their empirical analysis of asset prices, seen as a critical component in spotting trends in the markets.
  33. Dysfunctional Fiscal Governance and its Wages


    This decade and the last three could best be described as the age of the monetarists. More than ever before, the global economy has come to depend on both conventional and unconventional monetary policies by central banks- especially from advanced economi
  34. Don’t Be Fooled by Libya—This is a Failed State


    We have just published a very interesting piece that takes a look at the security and energy situation in Libya following the kidnapping of the Prime Minister by gunmen today. If you think it is a good fit for your readers please feel free to re-publish.
  35. What's Missing From the Whale Settlement


    The settlements between JPMorgan Chase & Co. and regulators are out. The total bill: $920 million, which includes deals with the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as U.S. and U.K. banking regulators.
  36. Can Emerging Markets Avoid A “Hot-Money Meltdown”?


    Emerging markets have been the darlings of global investors for most of the last decade. But the speculative flows into emerging markets have created highly leveraged investment and spending booms that are in danger of falling apart now that the hot mone
  37. Nigeria's Population Census and the Fear of Truth


    Chief Festus Odimegwu (Chairman of the National Population Commission): "No census has been credible in Nigeria since 1816. Even the one conducted in 2006 is not credible. I have the records and evidence produced by scholars and professors of repute. This
  38. Transfer Pricing & Applicability of Article 9 of the OECD Model Tax Agreement by Nigerian Courts


    The globalization of the world economy, the fluid mobilization of the production factors, tax competitions and the outsourcing of production machineries and staff have made it necessary for individual countries� tax administrators and legislators t
  39. How You Can Beat the Stock Market by Becoming an Egg Farmer


    This week I'm asking you to forget everything you know about investing. Instead, think about your investments as if you were a farmer. And on your imaginary farm there are only chickens and eggs. The chickens are stocks, and the eggs are the dividends th
  40. Welcome to the Silicon Savannah: Nairobi's high-tech startups are now luring global giants like IBM and Google


    Kahumbu was working as an organic farmer outside of Nairobi, Kenya, in 2010, when she launched iCow, an app to help farmers track the gestation periods of cows. Its a very basic tool, yet vital in the bigger picture of a dairy farmer's life, says the 4


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