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Counting the world’s unbanked – McKinsey Quarterly

Counting the world’s unbanked . MARCH 2010: Alberto Chaia, Tony Goland, and Robert Schiff Source: Social Sector Practice . Fully 2.5 billion of the world’s adults don’t use banks or microfinance institutions to save or borrow money, but unserved doesn’t mean unservable. . Fully 2.5 billion of the world’s adults don’t use formal banks or …
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S&P upgrades ratings of Mexico’s Banco Compartamos

S&P upgrades ratings of Mexico’s Banco Compartamos . Microfinance Monitor, April 16, 2010: Ratings agency Standard and Poor’s has upgraded the Mexican microfinance bank Banco Compartamos’s long and short-term ratings to ‘mxAA‘ and ‘mxA-1+’, respectively. . The upgraded ratings reflect Compartamos’ capacity to maintain its financial profile, based on its asset quality and profitability, which …
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10 Determinants of Interest Rates in Microfinance

10 Determinants of Interest Rates in Microfinance . April 17, 2010 by Fehmeen Source: lormet.com . While the necessity of charging interest on microcredit has been widely accepted, there seems to be plenty of disagreement over the level of interest rate charged by microfinance providers because the factors that go into these calculations are not …
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What Makes The Microfinance Sector Attractive to PE Investors? – WSJ.com

What Makes The Microfinance Sector Attractive to PE Investors? – WSJ.com . April 5, 2010, 10:30 AM . By Durga Raghunath . Reader Discussion: Inspired by a report describing the attractiveness of the Banking and Financial Services Sector for the PE Investor, Mentors this week will discuss the universals that make a sector attractive. . …
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The outlook for microfinance investment 2010

The outlook for microfinance investment 2010 Thursday, April 1, 2010, 16:25 http://www.microfinancefocus.com/news/2010/04/01/special-report-is-the-crisis-over-the-outlook-for-microfinance-investment-2010/ By Matthew Fuchs Microfinance Focus , April 1, 2010 : After a challenging year, 2010 has begun on an optimistic note for microfinance investors. Some fund managers have declared that the recovery has begun, albeit a gradual one. Dr. Armand Vardanyan, Fund Manager, …
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How to Tell Good MFIs from Bad MFIs

An excellent article below which enumerates the difficulty of using an interest rate only to determine “good” vs “bad”. This article also illustrates well the value of the for-profit model, driving higher financial and social returns. This seems like a contradiction in terms, but the empirical evidence begs the question of superior social impact for …
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SKS Microfinance Files for IPO – WSJ.com

MARCH 26, 2010, 4:04 A.M. ET . SKS Microfinance Files for IPO . By JOHN SATISH KUMAR . MUMBAI — SKS Microfinance Ltd. has filed a preliminary prospectus with the Indian capital market regulator to raise about $250 million through a proposed initial public offering, seeking to become the first microfinance company in India to …
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Microfinance, Mega Impact – Harvard Business Review

Microfinance, Mega Impact 11:21 AM Tuesday March 16, 2010  by Vijay Govindarajan Microfinance is more than an innovative scheme to provide loans to poor people. At its core, it’s about individual empowerment and dignity. . This January, I took 50 senior executives from global corporations to India. As part of their learning experience, I invited …
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Microfinance Shows Strong Equity Valuations Despite Crisis

Microfinance Shows Strong Equity Valuations Despite Crisis . WASHINGTON, March 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Sustained demand for microfinance equity, in the face of the worst financial crisis in decades, continued to propel valuations in this sector higher throughout 2009 and the medium-term outlook remains positive, according to a new report by CGAP, a microfinance group based …
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Compartamos Banco, a Mexican Microfinance Bank, Reports 33% Increases in Net Income and Total Loan Portfolio for 2009

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Compartamos Banco, a Mexican Microfinance Bank, Reports 33% Increases in Net Income and Total Loan Portfolio for 2009 . Posted by Eric McKay in Category: Latin America at 12:25 am . Compartamos Banco, a Mexican microfinance bank, reports that both its net income and its total loan portfolio increased by 33 percent in …