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0 Introduction Choosing a great topic for your graduate, master or doctoral dissertation may feel like one of the biggest pressures yet. The students generally spend months and perhaps years on this research project, and completion of their PhD or master's degree is contingent upon their success. While choosing a topic for the dissertation, one should always choose a topic he or she loves, the advisor finds interesting and is knowledgeable about, helpful in his or her career path, establishes his or her niche in the chosen field and last but not the least importantly, a manageable topic. All these factors, if considered while choosing a dissertation topic, will make the task much easier and interesting. To help inspire you to create a 1st class finance dissertation. This article provides suggestions of topics on which to base your research on. 2.0 Microfinance Microfinance got huge attention from individuals, small to large international development organisations as well as non government organisations in recent times and effort has been made to increase interest in microfinance throughout the banking and corporate sector. The United Kingdom national committee developed out of that partnership between the all-party group, nongovernmental organisations, corporate and DFID and the year 2005 was recognised as year of microcredit. The following are some topics that you could base your finance dissertation on:
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The Rapid development of international micro-finance. Micro-finance in the UK banking industry. The demand for collective investment schemes in the UK; A strategic analysis, discussion and recommendations.

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Constraints to the development of a fully-fledged microfinance market in the UK. The awareness of microfinance in developing economies and its impact. How important it is access to credit and other financial services to growth and investment?

Partnership between the public and private sectors is crucial: Is it true?

  Financial innovation in Europe and Asia: A comparative study. 3. including through microfinance and microcredit: An empirical study in Euro zone. Both the retail and commercial banks have played a crucial role in reaching rural and semi-urban populations and provided much needed financial services to the mass population. What is an optimal capital structure for a retail bank? The relationship with equity price and performance for the banking industry in the UK. Analysis and implications for local commercial banks. The evolution of commercial banking: Changes and preferences .0 Retail and Commercial Banking Although their relative importance is on the decline. Financial viability of selected financial products available in the local market. in particular for the poor. Access to financial services.  Recent developments in the asset-liability management framework of banks in UK: A comparative study. Boosting agricultural productivity through credit flow: role of retail and commercial banks. retail and commercial banks are still the most important financial intermediaries in the banking industry. analysis and future prospects for UK Banks. Asset liability management in commercial banking: Theoretical and practical aspects.   Financial services to the rural population: a study on the role of retail banks in the UK.  Retail banking alternate delivery channels: nature. Possible topics to study for your finance dissertation are:  Forces for change in European Retail Banking.      The treatment of off-balance sheet activities in the UK banking industry. scope.

the financing in emerging markets such as Russia. 5. Possible areas of research for your finance dissertation include:         Are emerging markets cheap? UK Investors' attitudes and perceptions towards investing in emerging markets. How can European financial supervision cater for cross-border issues? An analysis of the current restructuring process in the banking sector of an emerging economy. private equity and so on.0 Financing in emerging market With stronger fundamentals and better scope for investments. Your finance dissertation could be based on the following topics: .4. All the major organisations across the world are trying to develop their footprints in those markets to get a share of the emerging pie and expand their scope of business. Market efficiency in emerging markets. funds of funds. hedge funds. Financial stability in the banking system in emerging countries. The evolution and implementation of investment banking in emerging markets. China.0 Alternative investment Volatility in the financial markets is prompting more and more investors to buy up alternative investments such as mutual funds. Stock price synchronicity and analyst coverage in emerging markets. Recent studies have confirmed the fact that increasing numbers of investors are opting to buy into the sector due to its huge return and comparatively less volatile nature of market.   What is the potential impact of foreign direct investment on emerging economies? Foreign direct investment in Asian economies. India and Brazil has increased significantly in recent times.

or both? The costs of investing in mutual funds relative to mutual fund returns. and topics could include:     Future developments in Internet banking in the UK. Private equity investment: future scope in European region. The Growth of hedge funds: The reasons for a sustained progress and its effects on the UK investments market.  An evaluation of the role and performance of UK capital markets as an alternative source to bank finance. Hedge funds: return enhancers. 6. or live in rural areas where access to banks can be limited.      The growing popularity of index and mutual funds. This is a very relevant area to base your finance dissertation on. . The powers of regulatory intervention and enforcement in alternative investment. Internet banking services across the UK vary widely: a comparative study. Online banking has become a lifeline for those who cannot leave the house. Hedge Funds: The investing alternative for institutional investors and the advent on the retail market. customers have a range of needs that internet banks have fulfilled to guarantee customer loyalty.   Private equity market and the various investors in the UK.  Analyzing the UK Investor behaviour in the Local Equity Market during the past 10 years. Internet banking serves the masses. In digital banking. risk diversifiers. The evolution and implementation of relationship banking.0 Internet Banking Internet Banking offers consumers and business alike the ease of managing banking and financial tasks from home.

A case study of social responsible banking. Security in electronic banking transactions. CSR is now less a choice and more of a necessity for businesses to flourish. . The marketing of internet banking services in the UK banking industry: Analysis. Digital innovation in the banking industry in Europe and the UK: A comparative study. Topics of Corporate Social Responsibility of the banking industry that may be used for a finance dissertation are:  The importance and significance of Corporate Social Responsibility for investment banks in the UK. customers. brokers and so on to become more and more responsible in dealing with social issues in its day to day operations. CSR has become a commercial imperative.   Ethical issues in the banking industry. Bank regimes and practices in CSR.    The economic and financial implications of online banking. a differentiator for the city and analysts to judge the progressive nature of an organisation.  Guidance and reporting on a wide range of CSR issues in banking industry. discussion and recommendations.       Ethical issues in the banking industry in UK.0 CSR of Banking Industry Corporate Social Responsibility has become an integral part of corporate management strategy for banking industry participants in recent times. The banks are not only under pressure from the shareholders but also from other stakeholders such as suppliers. 7. Recent developments in CSR activities by the banking industry participants in the UK. The role of Internet banking and society.

Case study on growth.   Foreign exchange risk management within financial institutions in the UK The liability management of two local leading banks in the UK in the past five years: A comparative analysis. the emerging accounting standards have raised a .0 Risk management The Federal Reserve System has established a banking risk framework that consists of six risk factors: credit. scope and analysis. operational. turnover. liquidity. Operational risk. An analysis of the retirement plans provided by local banks.  Terrorism financing and financial institutions. An evaluation and analysis of the risk/return profile of selected UK banks. business continuity plans in the UK Banking Industry. market. All of the above mentioned factors are the integral part of any financial institution's risk management policies and the compliance mechanism which ultimately has a significant impact of the cusses of the institution.0 Accounting Standards With the growing importance of maintaining a standard approach in accounting practices across EU nations and other countries of the world. legal. liquidity. A stress testing approach towards evaluating credit risk of a financial institution. Risk management aspects of international banking activities in Europe: nature. 8. and reputation risks. Risk management topics for finance dissertations could include:     Liquidity risk management: UK banking industry.     Financial aspects of the EU's stability and growth pact: What future? Advantages of using options for the management of risk in the banking industry. risk and return of a financial institution: Analysis and discussion 9.

number of questions on existing practices across various organisations.0 Education. The balanced scorecard: "The Holy Grail" for legal firms? Reporting on sustainability: what is the standard? The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002: is it capable of preventing future accounting scandals? The increasing demand for disclosure of social and environmental information: Implications for big organisations. The perception around the accounting practices and various biases need to be investigated and controlled to make the practices more dynamic and responsible for society in general. It is interesting to see how these emerging standards get adopted by various organisations across the world. An investigation into outsourcing accounting overseas from the US perspective. An investigation into outsourcing accounting overseas from the UK perspective. 10. Accounting topics for your finance dissertation are suggested below:  Women and accountancy: are they good partners? . Perception and gender bias in Accounting The awareness of accounting practices is an important issue being dealt with in organisations around the world. Several topics for your finance dissertation could be:   Does the current accounting standard live up to its objectives? International accounting standards: What is convergence and whether there is any likelihood of convergence between the EU and the US?  The changes brought to Auditor-client relationships in the UK due to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.  What are the practical implications to all organisations of implementing the International Financial Reporting Standards in the UK?        Audit Committees and agency problems with the combined code.

11. The effect of auditor's liability on the accounting profession and organisations in UK. Accounting education: Does ethics get enough attention? Investigating the effects of gender on women's experiences with the accounting profession in the UK. Ethical guidance: is adequate support available? Audit risk: rhetoric of rationality? Banking on Ethics: An Insight into ethics and the banking profession.     Accounting as art: Representation.       Effective ways to teach ethics to university accounting students.     Accounting education: Time for a change or continue? Accounting education: A comparison of EU and UK organisations. The issue not only requires further studies to understand the existing practices and the scope of improvement. but also a culture of adapting the ethical practices within the organisations serving citizens of the nations. Accounting education: A comparison of Asian and European organisations. Perceptions of risk in the audit industry in the UK. Does accounting for the brand matter? . and would be a good topic for your finance dissertation. truth and annual reports. Does securing assets or causing insecurities among employees impact internal control? Do internal controls have an impact on employees? A case study within the banking industry.0 Ethics in accounting The increasing number of scandals in recent times has raised several questions regarding ethical practices in accounting. Ethics is quite an important subject in modern society.

Sustainability reporting and the public sector in the UK.      Engaging contradiction: An expansion of Corporate Social Responsibility discourse. education and professional legitimacy in the banking industry. . ethics and the links missing between them: a case study in the UK. Accounting. Is independence of an auditor just a perception or a reality? The teaching of ethics to accounting students: An unnecessary and difficult goal? Accounting ethics.

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