The Microfinance Contagion Scenario

Harvard Business Review

But as information trickles out about how bad the repayment situation in AP is, a plausible global contagion scenario is emerging. That's not to say it's likely, but it is certainly possible and a threat that social investors of all stripes should be thinking about how to defuse. Although the situation in AP remains fluid, one thing hasn't changed over the last few months: repayment rates have fallen to about 10%. But just rescheduling debt payments may not be enough.

End the Religion of ROE

Harvard Business Review

Return-on-equity hurdles threaten them all. We think there's more to business success — and that something as straightforward as a simple equation could put capitalism on a better path. To an extent not widely recognized, it was an equation in the first place that gave ROE the power to dominate not just investment decisions, but an entire business culture. A hundred years ago, the focus on squeezing every drop of return out of equity capital made great sense.

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