Activities

Research in Emerging Capital Markets

We conduct research on important topics in financial markets, instruments, institutions, and regulations, with a focus on emerging economies. The approach is to create a bridge between the economically disadvantaged communities and the key stakeholders who have the ability to engineer systemic changes. We undertake projects in areas of strategic importance, gather primary data at the grassroots level, and use this data to formulate actionable recommendations. CAF also forms partnerships/associations and undertakes collaborative research activities with finance think tanks and research centre’s of global standing. Read more...

Dissemination of Research-Based Knowledge through Conferences

CAF aims to disseminate the research-based knowledge among all CAF constituencies, academicians, practitioners, regulators and policy-makers. For this purpose, CAF organises lectures, seminars, workshops, and conferences on topics in emerging market finance. The aim of these is to bring together opinion leaders – academics, practitioners and regulators – to share knowledge in all areas of finance, and identify key strategic issues related to finance sector reform in emerging economies. CAF also creates forums on important policy issues where corporate executives, academics, and policy makers get together to discuss current market challenges and solutions. Read more...

Research-based Policy Initiative

The academic research done at CAF tends to have important policy implications. Given the rigour of our work, we believe that our research can substantially contribute in informing and improving practice and policy. Our work on access to finance for SMEs has identified trade credit securitization as a way of ameliorating the credit constraints of such firms. We propose to set up a cell tasked with implementing the process of trade credit securitization nationwide. Read more...

Training Next Generation Researchers

Training of the next generation of researchers is an important CAF activity. CAF organises training programmes and workshops in finance for practitioners and researchers so that they are able use the existing knowledge pool and make some useful contribution to financial policy-making. Junior research staff at CAF is recruited to work on research projects with CAF for a couple of years, with the expectation that they will proceed to a top-tier PhD programme at the end of their research apprenticeship here. It is also hoped that those who are initiated into research at CAF will help mitigate the current world-wide shortage of well-trained finance researchers, and perhaps continue to work with us on joint research projects. Read more...