W-T-W.org Women and Finance Cartoon of the Year 2016


Dagmar Frank announces the winner of W-T-W.org Women and Finance Cartoon of the Year.  Congratulations to Marilena Nardi for fighting corruption with “Mani in Tasca” Hands in the pocket. On a website dedicated in part to the definition and exploration of corruption, Nardi’s subtle, portrayal of corruption’s insidious role in society highlights the problem with a cruel grace.Cartoon of the Year 2016
Second prize to Silvan Wegmann for the wonderful cartoon on “Women’s Day”
It’s A Man’s World.
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Third prize to ZUNAR-Zulkiflee Anwar Haque for his self portrait “Cartooning in Malaysia”.
A Malaysian Political Cartoonist on Facing His Fears, and Prison, for Art.
Cartoon of the Month December 2016In an interview, Mr. Zulkiflee, 54, discussed how social media has become an increasingly important channel for political dissents, and why he continues to use his art to investigate corruption and injustice.


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G20 Tax records will be shared around the world by 2015


The participants of the Summit focused on investment and creating jobs, among other issues. The G20 Leaders Declaration has been published following the G20 Summit in St.Petersburg.

Tax records will be shared around the world by 2015 as part of a G20 pledge to crack down on individual tax cheats and global corporations with complicated arrangements aimed at paying as little tax as possible.

The topic of taxation in a global economy has become a major political issue of late, as multinational firms like Apple and Starbucks have faced scrutiny over their corporate structures. Further, investigative reports into the use of offshore tax havens by the world’s wealthiest individuals added momentum to the view that governments are getting short-changed of much needed revenue.


WEF: Global Competitiveness


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The Report 2013-2014 assesses the competitiveness landscape of 148 economies, providing insight into the drivers of their productivity and prosperity. The Report series remains the most comprehensive assessment of national competitiveness worldwide. WEF_GlobalCompetitivenessReport_2013-14

The report’s Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) places Switzerland at the top of the ranking for the fifth year running. Singapore and Finland remain in second and third positions respectively. Germany moves up two places (4th) and the United States reverses a four-year downward trend, climbing two places to fifth. Hong Kong SAR (7th) and Japan (9th) also close the gap on the most competitive economies, while Sweden (6th), the Netherlands (8th) and the United Kingdom (10th) fall.  


The United States continues to be a world leader in bringing innovative products and services to market. Its rise in the ranking is down to a perceived improvement in the country’s financial market as well as greater confidence in its public institutions. However, serious concerns persist over its macroeconomic stability, which ranks 117 out of 148 economies.



In the cartoon above, Ms. Merkel says to Mr. Schwab (founder of the WEF): “Great, all the snow this year!” Mr. Schwab responds: “That’s not snow, it’s European debt paper!”


NZ Money Week Educating Kiwis About Finance


This week is New Zealand Money Week; an initiative that aims to give Kiwis access to expert financial advice and improve their financial literacy.

Almost 300 events will be held across the country, up from just 100 events last year. One-hundred-and-fifty schools are also getting involved.
NZ Money Week educating Kiwis about finance

Diane Maxwell NZ Money Week educating Kiwis about finance

The Global QE Exit Crisis


The global economy could be in the early stages of another crisis. Once again, the US Federal Reserve is in the eye of the storm.

As the Fed attempts to exit from so-called quantitative easing (QE) – its unprecedented policy of massive purchases of long-term assets – many high-flying emerging economies suddenly find themselves in a vise. Currency and stock markets in India and Indonesia are plunging, with collateral damage evident in Brazil, South Africa, and Turkey.

The Fed insists that it is blameless – the same absurd position that it took in the aftermath of the Great Crisis of 2008-2009, when it maintained that its excessive monetary accommodation had nothing to do with the property and credit bubbles that nearly pushed the world into the abyss. It remains steeped in denial: Were it not for the interest-rate suppression that QE has imposed on developed countries since 2009, the search for yield would not have flooded emerging economies with short-term “hot” money…
The Global QE Exit Crisis 

Federal Reserve Is In The Eye Of The StormFederal Reserve is in the eye of the storm

Raising the Profile of Women’s Participation in Finance


GENDER issues are topical and trending and the women folks are raising the bar with campaigns and greater participation in knowledge-based skills that equip them to take on the challenge. But the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), a global finance and accounting body, said that its diversity concept, which is intrinsic in all its operations, is a tool to overcoming the challenge….
Raising the profile of women’s participation in finance

Muriel Siebert, a Trailblazer for Women in Finance, Dies at 80


Muriel Siebert, who became a legend on Wall Street as the first woman to buy a seat on the New York Stock Exchange and the first woman to head one of the exchange’s member firms, died on Saturday in Manhattan. She was 80 and committed among other things to financial literacy and the Highwater program featured on this site.
Muriel Siebert
Ms. Siebert was one of the pioneers in the discount brokerage field.

How Can Women in Papua New Guinea Get Access to Financial Services?


Women constitute approximately 50% of the country’s 7 million people but Papua New Guinea-mapedisproportionally represent less than 30% of total financial services portfolio in the country. They represent an untapped population of economically active low-income businesswomen, who are also household financial managers, making a large volume of transactions. All participating commercial banks and micro banks concurred that women represent an important market segment for them and at today’s workshop, made a commitment to increase outreach to women to 50% of total portfolio by 2015.
How Can We Deepen Womens Access to Financial Services

Papua New GuineaLine Waelgaard. Papua New Guinea. Winnie Weoa. This shows the daily life of village women in the highlands of Papua New Guinea.

Corruption fighter, Afghan woman, rights group finalists for UBC integrity prize


An international human rights group, an Indian corruption fighter and a campaigner for Afghan women’s rights are the finalists for a $100,000 human-rights prize to be handed out by the University of British Columbia’s law school.

It is the inaugural Allard Prize for International Integrity, which will be one of the largest awards in the world given out for efforts to combat corruption and promote human rights…
Corruption fighter, Afghan woman

Corruption fighter, Afghan woman