From May, 2016

Public, Activist and Capitalist

The public company is one of capitalism’s greatest. Private-equity funds are another way of fixing misfiring firms. But activists have advantages over Wall Street’s buy-out barbarians. Instead of loading up on debt to finance the takeover of entire firms, they get the work done with a stake of, typically, just 5% or so. That means activists are good value because they use less debt, pay no takeover premium and extract far lower absolute fees (The Economist).

He who rests, rusts

I cannot imagine right now to live without this pressure. In some moments, it is a bad attitude because in moments like this, it can be too much. But it is part of what makes Bayern Munich what it is. That drive does not only involve winning on the field. There is a German saying, “Wer rastet, der rostet,” or “he who rests, rusts,” and the club’s front office has long embraced the notion. Motion is constant (The New York Times).

Truth and Trust Platform

This is a platform for truth and it’s a platform for trust. The implications are staggering, not just for the financial-services industry but also right across virtually every aspect of society. Most blockchains are what you call permission-less systems. We can do transactions and satisfy each other’s economic needs without knowing who the other party is and independent from central authorities (McKinsey).

Are Lawyers a bug or a feature?

For one thing, she must be willing to give up her plush office and lucrative salary for a computer station at a long table and compensation in the form of prayers, otherwise known as stock options. Lawyers at startups need to recognize that a workable answer today is often preferable to the perfect answer tomorrow; hand-wringers need not apply. But risk tolerance must be accompanied by a stiff spine in situations where the company’s momentum (and the CEO’s vision) hurtles on a collision course with the law (HBR).

How to disagree with the Boss

Stay calm. You might feel your heart racing or your face turning red, but do whatever you can to remain neutral in both your words and actions. When your body language communicates reluctance or anxiety, it undercuts the message. It sends a mixed message, and your counterpart gets to choose what to read. Deep breaths can help, as can speaking more slowly and deliberately (HBR).

Constitution for the Federal Republic

The more popular proposal to change our presidential to a parliamentary system is only one of the two vitally needed structural changes in our traditional form of government. The other is the shift from our highly centralized unitary system—that treats the local governments as dependent colonies of the national government—to a modern decentralized federal system. Without this even more important constitutional reform, political leaders in the new parliamentary system will happily continue to exercise the centralized governmental power of the old unitary system as their imperial prerogative (CMFP, Jose V. Abueva, ed).

Federal Republic of the Philippines

Under the proposed Federal Republic of the Philippines, government powers will be allocated between the national or federal government and the states with their local governments. The states will be coterminous with the ten administrative and socioeconomic regions. To the federal government will be allocated such powers and functions as national defense and security, foreign relations, the monetary system, custom and tariffs, and the national judiciary (Jose V. Abueva).

The Evolution of Fintech

In 1919, the economist John Maynard Keynes writes about the link between finance and technology in the book “The Economic Consequences of the Peace.” In 1973, The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications, or Swift, is established to solve the problem of communicating about cross-border payments. In 1993, Financial technology is coined as a term, coinciding with the creation of the Financial Services Technology Consortium, established by Citicorp in 1993 (The New York Times).