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Hedging 101Cynthia

Thu, 03 Jan 2013 08:53:19 +0000

We finance folks have the propensity to confuse the heck out of everybody on simple terms (or issues) relating to finance. We will sit around talking derivatives lingo and other market issues like its alien- speak to others – it really, is not! I usually say to people: •It is not that difficult •If I […]

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Commodities Trading in Kenya – Terminologies et al…Cynthia

Sun, 16 Sep 2012 06:50:48 +0000

Apparently or evidently, trying to explain, not the definition kind of explaining, but the “what exactly does that mean kind of explaining” on different issues in futures and commodities trading, in Kenya, can take one 3 years – and counting.  Quite understandably so because: Unless you have had an opportunity to have a hands-on experience […]

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Eclectic business thoughts…Cynthia

Sun, 17 Apr 2011 13:19:28 +0000

Clearly, I am not a very serious blogger! This is my first post this year and the year is not exactly young! It called having a lot to do ( ok, everyone I know has a lot to do), but really, for me I think it is a lot to do compounded with the fact […]

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Tue, 28 Sep 2010 12:04:25 +0000

Yes, I actually do remember Business School 🙂 even though I am doing something very non-MBA right now. ( As in, I no longer sit at a desk, watching crude oil futures prices graphs on the NYMEX and doing a whole lot of market analysis stuff and whatnot! I don’t “worry” so much what the […]

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Independent Women; Dependent Men? Is it really an Inverse Relationship?Cynthia

Tue, 11 May 2010 08:33:53 +0000

Note: This is a note that I should have posted months ago……but have never quite got around to doing it! But here I am now… Oprah usually says “never talked about before until now”, and I am following suit – folks, hot off the pan (I love cooking!), here comes: One lovely evening, Mr Man […]

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Futures, Commodities Exchange in Kenya…..?Cynthia

Fri, 05 Feb 2010 16:05:43 +0000

If you ask me – Kenya is ripe for a formal Futures and Commodities Market/Exchange. It was reported (and I paraphrase), that we have had a 561% increase in milk production since 2003 – exponential growth! The milk handling agencies are hard pressed as to what to do with all this milk ( Duh – […]

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Relocation, Being back…and More!Cynthia

Thu, 04 Feb 2010 18:04:37 +0000

So, my poor blog has been thoroughly neglected, but I have been on a good cause! Happy 2010 people! Maybe a little late in coming seeing as its February and all 🙂 It’s been a hectic busy and very eventful 5 months (that is how long I have been back), but I feel like I […]

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MasterCard Issues, Kenya, Relocation…Cynthia

Tue, 25 Aug 2009 18:18:59 +0000

It has been an extremely busy past 2 months for me. I resigned from my lovely Treasury Analyst position in the US of A, packed up, eeehh, tried to pack up the past 5 and ½ years in a few packages and got ready to relocate, ran around with my sister to get ready for […]

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Sun, 19 Jul 2009 04:51:31 +0000

I have been having an amazing time just being, reflecting on things, planning for and just bonding with my inner self – A very, ummmhhh, awakening experience I have been having. I was happy ( very relative term), when the financials for Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Citi and BofAmerica were released last week – Net […]

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Banking, Check Clearing, Check 21, CBK Automated Check ClearingCynthia

Wed, 24 Jun 2009 23:52:47 +0000

I read in the Daily Nation that the Central Bank of Kenya intends to bring into effect an automated check clearing system with the maximum value of checks being capped at Kshs 1 Million as from October 1st 2009. — This will effectively reduce the number of days it takes for a check to clear […]

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Summer, Hosiery, Women…Cynthia

Tue, 23 Jun 2009 20:01:07 +0000

So today, we are on an Excessive Heat Advisory till kesho jioni and for the next few days *sigh* It is HOT!….I know it is pretty hot out there because today when I was leaving my house at 715am the temperatures were 82 degrees. Driving back from lunch, temperatures were 102 degrees! BUT, as usual, […]

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My KenyaCynthia

Thu, 11 Jun 2009 02:46:44 +0000

Today – I said a prayer for Kenya, I thought about the country that gave me my Me-Ness! God Bless Kenya 🙂 !

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Women, Entrepreneurship, Africa, Economic Development – The PossibilitiesCynthia

Sat, 30 May 2009 22:43:21 +0000

I have a personal philosophy; I believe that you cannot change a society by mere giving – I believe that you change a society by enabling its members to be participants in economic development. I believe that you can only effect sustainable development by building capacities in men and women in ways that will ensure […]

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Recession, Economic Recovery, Individual ResponsibilityCynthia

Fri, 22 May 2009 19:31:01 +0000

So the Fed Reserve reports that the economy is “slowly” getting better. NFP (Non- Farm Payroll) numbers being released are evidencing better than expected results – that, even considering downward prior month (s) revisions and an increase in government jobs (though temporary because this relates to the upcoming US census) _____ That is good news, […]

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Kenya,Uhuru Kenyatta,Treasury, Budget and Typing ErrorsCynthia

Sat, 16 May 2009 20:07:35 +0000

So, Kenya’s Finance Minister, Uhuru Kenyatta, has basically issued gag orders for Senior Treasury Officials – no-one is supposed to comment on policy issues, and he, Uhuru, will serve as spokesman, sole spokesman for both the ministry of Finance and the State corporations under it – notwithstanding the fact that those are supposedly autonomous bodies. […]

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Futures/ Commodity Markets in Africa – Is there a future for?Cynthia

Thu, 07 May 2009 17:05:39 +0000

I know South Africa, through the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), and SAFEX (South African Futures Exchange) has a listing for Exchange – traded currency Futures and for Agricultural Futures respectively – and that’s about all I know about Futures Markets in Africa ( because maybe that’s all there is to know?) I strongly believe that […]

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U.S Bank Stress TestsCynthia

Wed, 06 May 2009 17:47:29 +0000

So 19 of the major U.S banks under-went stress tests to determine their capabilities and ability to survive in the event of a worsening recession. These banks hold about two thirds of assets, and more than half of the loans in the US banking system (Source: Bloomberg). The ideal is for common equity to equal […]

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Warren Buffet on Moody’sCynthia

Tue, 05 May 2009 03:16:54 +0000

So – this is a kind of comment/ rejoinder to my post and comments thereafter on and off the blog – mostly off the blog – coz that’s all we seem to talk about these days – Why didnt anyone say something before the Lehmans, Bear Stearns etc began the tumble to being obsolete? Or […]

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Tue, 28 Apr 2009 15:52:40 +0000

Revelations 3:8 “I know your deeds. Behold, I have put before you an open door which no one can shut, because you have a little power, and have kept My word, and have not denied My name” When God leads you to the edge of the cliff, trust Him fully and let go, only 1 […]

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Liquidity ManagementCynthia

Fri, 24 Apr 2009 00:48:36 +0000

This is going to be a short post because I am still composing the long form of what I want to write. I have been having very interesting conversations with a group of friends on this Forum, at work and elsewhere concerning all things: Futures and Commodities Trading, Equity, Inflation, The Fed Reserve, Mortgages, Foreclosures, […]

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