James McCallum's Blog (33)

The Yin and Yang of Inflation

Inflation like all risk is a double edge sword. Its negative nature will upset the apple cart and pose uncomfortable challenges for SME managers that have grown accustomed to the status quo.

It will force managers to reconsider their well conceived business plans and perhaps more closely scrutinize this quarters P&L or the company balance sheet. It will…

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Added by James McCallum on July 21, 2014 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

SME Development Bank (SDB)

The Hamilton Plan: SME Development Bank (SDB)



Over the Labor Day Weekend Sum2 announced The Hamilton Plan. The Hamilton Plan is a ten point program to foster the development of…

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Added by James McCallum on July 15, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Big Data for a Small World: SMEIoT

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The world is a great big database and algorithmic wizards and mad data scientists are burning the midnight oil to mine the perplexing infinities of ubiquitous data points. Their goal is to put data to use to facilitate better governance, initiate pinpoint marketing campaigns, pursue revelatory academic research and improve the…

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Added by James McCallum on July 10, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

MERA: Macroeconomic and Event Risk App

Macroeconomic risks are often overlooked by SME managers when conducting risk assessments. Macro risks like wars, credit crises, market changes and technological disruptions can have catastrophic implications for SMEs.…



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Added by James McCallum on April 29, 2014 at 9:54pm — No Comments

File an FBAR or Find Yourself Behind Bars

A few years ago the IRS offered a tax amnesty program for US citizens who failed to declare assets held in foreign bank accounts. This came on…
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Added by James McCallum on April 28, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

S&P Downgrades Russian Sovereigns

Standard & Poor’s cut the Russian Federation sovereign debt credit rating citing the capital flight and risk to investment in the wake of the Ukraine crisis.…
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Added by James McCallum on April 25, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Sustainable Economics

We have put our good mother through a lot over the past few million years. Ever since we walked…
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Added by James McCallum on April 23, 2014 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

The Cost of Reputation Risk

I came across a great presentation on Reputation Risk from Martin Davies of Causal Capital. It outlined the many dimensions of this onerous corporate…

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Added by James McCallum on April 23, 2014 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Conflict Minerals and Supply Chain Risk

Conflict Minerals Reporting Requirement Struck Down
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Added by James McCallum on April 22, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

SME Lending: Get Redi to Get Funded

The tough conditions in the credit markets require small businesses to communicate and demonstrate their credit worthiness to satisfy exacting credit risk standards of lenders. Credit channels are open and loans are being made but strict…
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Added by James McCallum on April 18, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments

SMEs Dance to the Basel III Shuffle

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I often wonder, what if Basel II capital accords had been in place prior to…
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Added by James McCallum on April 14, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Spring Thaw to Grow US Jobs

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Added by James McCallum on April 12, 2014 at 8:30pm — No Comments

ADP Job Report: Recovery Marches On

Private-sector employment increased by 191,000 during the month of March, according to the latest ADP National Employment Report (NER) released yesterday. The NER suggests a steady, albeit uneven growth of nonfarm private employment since net job creation first turned positive during the first quarter of…
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Added by James McCallum on April 3, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments

IPCC: No One Is Immune From Effects of Climate Change

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has issued the 32-volume, 2,610-page report on the changing global climate. The report sounds a clear alarm that global climate change is…
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Added by James McCallum on March 31, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments

PwC's Risk in Review 2014



Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) has published its annual…
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Added by James McCallum on March 30, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

SME World 2014: Transparency Gets the Loan

Though 90 per cent of Dubai registered companies are small and medium enterprises (SMEs), just 4% of all business loans goes to SMEs. In developed…
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Added by James McCallum on March 27, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

A Taxing Problem: Digital Assets and Global E-Commerce

The Independent reports that Ireland's Chartered Accountants are warning that "new OECD proposals on taxing hi-tech multinational companies will…
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Added by James McCallum on March 26, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

SME's Stand Their Ground, Get The Loan

Terrific piece on SME lending in yesterday's Irish Independent.



More than half of all lending decisions appealed to the Credit Review Office by small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are…

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Added by James McCallum on March 25, 2014 at 2:30am — No Comments

Singapore Sling: Basel III Amps SME Credit Risk

SME lending just got more expensive in Singapore. Basel III capital requirements has increased the risk weighting on SME loans. Banks are now required to set aside more capital to protect against SME loan defaults. This will drive up the cost of capital for…

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Added by James McCallum on March 23, 2014 at 2:00am — No Comments

Anatomy of a Tax Audit

Its that time of year again.  April 15th looms ever larger as small businesses scramble to meet the IRS  tax filing deadline.  For many small businesses, tax filing is handled by a trusted accountant or business adviser. That tends to take the trauma out of this annual exercise in pain.  But even with the…
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Added by James McCallum on March 22, 2014 at 2:00am — No Comments

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