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The Shift Toward Decentralized Finance: Why Are Financial Firms Turning To Crypto?

A wave of crypto startups has washed upon the shores of the financial industry in the last couple of years. The industry leaders, aka banks and exchanges, have seemed invincible up until now. Nowadays, there are dozens of crypto startups racing to take over the stage. With the existing global financial system contributing to numerous inequalities, these startups have recognized ... Read More »

15th Finance Commission terms tilt fiscal scales in favour of the Centre

The challenge has been to achieve this without unduly damaging state government incentives for raising their own revenue, and for spending with profligacy. (Reuters) The current ruling coalition has shown a propensity for bold moves in its attempt to reshape India’s polity and society to match its vision of the nation. The economy has sometimes received similar treatment, with the ... Read More »

Education: Beyond the Learning Curve

Class action: Students in a Kolkata school (Photo: Subir Halder) The Journey So Far The K. Kasturirangan committee has submitted the Draft National Education Policy, 2019. The new education policy could come in November. Five public universities have been given the ‘Institution of Eminence (IoE)’ tag; five private varsities have received letters of intent for the same. [“source=indiatoday”] Read More »

Is The American Dream Fraying? What We Can Learn From The Finance Industry

Nearly 80% of Americans have a negative perception of big business. High-profile scandals, stagnant wages, harmful products, and poor working conditions are all to blame. That’s why the Business Roundtable made waves in August when it published a revised mission statement, signed by 181 prominent CEOs. According to the new statement of purpose endorsed by financial firms including JPMorgan Chase & Co., BlackRock, Inc., ... Read More »

Putting local actors in the driving seat of climate finance

Food security is an increasing challenge in Nigeria, with 54% of households food insecure in 2016. Production is largely dependent on natural environmental resources like fertile land, rainfall, temperature and humidity. Much of the country’s agricultural land has been redeveloped for the oil and gas industry and the forest destroyed to give way to big infrastructure projects. Not only is ... Read More »

New small finance bank licenses on the way

The central bank plans to offer new licenses to set up small finance banks and allow payments banks to also apply for licenses, people familiar with the development told Moneycontrol. If payments banks are allowed to become small finance banks, it will allow them to offer a wider bouquet of services, including microloans. It will also be an acknowledgment of ... Read More »

Vandalism Spurs Investigation at the Department of Education

An investigation is underway at the Department of Education after an employee’s office was vandalized last week. U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos called on Federal Protective Services “for a comprehensive investigation” of “an incident involving an employee’s personal belongings on the third floor,” according to a statement from Department of Education spokesperson Angela Morabito. No one was injured and ... Read More »

Festive Emilia Clarke Is Already Getting People in the Christmas Spirit

The first trailer for Last Christmas is out, and people are already excited about how festive the Mother of Dragons looks in a romantic Christmas comedy. Emilia Clarke stars in the movie as Kate, a down-on-her-luck aspiring singer who ends up with a job dressing as an elf at a department store (cue the Elf comparisons). There, she meets Tom (Henry Golding of Crazy Rich Asians and A Simple Favor), a charming ... Read More »

The 5-game 2019 Christmas Day schedule the NBA should’ve chosen

We should all do more to stan the traditionally overlooked small-market players and teams that dazzle throughout the NBA’s regular season. Sure, Nikola Jokic isn’t going to windmill dunk, and Kyle Lowry’s spin cycle won’t take a defender to the floor, but both are wonderful to watch and really good at what they do. So too are the teams they play for — ... Read More »

Back-To-School Shopping 2019: The Best Laptops, Tech and Gadgets

Like it or not, another school year is right around the corner. Supply lists are out and, as curriculum is more and more digitized, good tech is just as much of a part of a child’s back-to-school gear out as a backpack, pencils and notebooks. But what do you send them back to school with? Do they require a laptop? ... Read More »