2014

WORLD’S BEST BANKS 2014

WORLD’S BEST BANKS 2014

Global Finance unveils its annual list of the  best banks globally, regionally and by country. The banking industry remains under stress, but there are bright spots.

US EX-IM BANK FACES AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE

US EX-IM BANK FACES AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE

UNITED STATES
In its 2013 report to Congress, the Export-Import Bank of the United States says that its “overriding mission is to create and sustain American jobs by supporting US exports.” But that very mission is under threat, with House Financial Services Committee chairman Jeb Hensarling, among others, seeking to abolish the bank.

SEPA Compliant: To Be Or Not To Be?

SPECIAL REPORT By Anita Hawser To be or not to be? Compliant, that is. Apparently, the answer is it doesn’t matter—at least not yet. Just a few weeks before the February 1 SEPA deadline came to pass, the European Commission ...

2013

Cover Story: World’s Best Banks 2013

TECHNOLOGY IS THE TRUMP CARD By Jonathan Gregson, Antonio Guerrero, Anita Hawser, Gordon Platt and Michael Shari Global Finance unveils its annual list of the best banks globally, regionally and by country. The winners have all demonstrated dedication to satisfying ...

Central Banker Report Cards 2013

‘A’ FOR EFFORT, ‘B-’ FOR RESULTS By Antonio Guerrero, Anita Hawser and Gordon Platt Global Finance presents its annual report on the performance of the world’s central bank governors. There are a lot of new faces among the world’s major ...

World’s Best Supply Chain Finance Providers 2013: Global Winners

By Anita Hawser and Paula L. Green BEST SUPPLY-CHAIN FINANCE PROVIDER—BANK Citi Some of of the main prerequisites for a bank to be able to support supply-chain finance programs in different countries are its knowledge of local market regulations and ...

Milestones: Shareholder Say On Pay Takes Form

MILESTONES: EUROPE By Anita Hawser Billed as a major blow to the UK’s status as a global financial services hub, the European Parliament and council sent a clear message in February about bank bonuses, reaching an agreement that bankers’ bonuses ...

Middle East 2013: Takaful Insurance

SHARING RISK By Anita Hawser Takaful insurance markets are growing steadily in the Gulf, but the regulatory framework is still developing in some countries. Taking out car, property or life insurance is second nature in the West, but in the ...

Best Treasury and Cash Management Providers 2013: System And Services Winners

SYSTEMS AND SERVICES PROVIDERS By Anita Hawser and Rebecca Brace BEST TREASURY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS AND SERVICES PROVIDERS Accounts Payable Services BNY Mellon SourceNet Accounts Receivable Services SunGard AvantGard Receivables Electronic Invoice Presentment and Payment Services Basware Payroll Services ADP Corporate ...

Best Treasury and Cash Management Providers 2013: Regional Winners

REGIONAL WINNERS By Anita Hawser and Rebecca Brace BEST TREASURY & CASH MANAGEMENT PROVIDERS 2013: REGIONAL WINNERS Best Overall Bank for Cash Management North America Bank of America Merrill Lynch Latin America Citi Western Europe Deutsche Bank Nordic Region SEB ...

Best Treasury and Cash Management Providers 2013: Global Winners

GLOBAL WINNERS By Anita Hawser and Rebecca Brace BEST TREASURY & CASH MANAGEMENT PROVIDERS 2013: GLOBAL WINNERS Best Overall Bank for Cash Management Citi Best White Label System Provider BNY Mellon BEST OVERALL BANK FOR CASH MANAGEMENT Citi Citi provides ...

Milestone: Enforcement Will Only Get Tougher Under New FSA Regime

MILESTONES: UK By Anita Hawser After four years under a shadow, the UK’s Financial Services Authority is once again being held up as a model financial regulator — both for its principles-based approach to reporting and for its ability to ...

Equity Derivatives

FLYING BLIND By Anita Hawser Despite new entrants joining the market, the equity derivatives business saw a marked slowdown over the past year, and some well-established firms are now scaling back their operations. After the global financial crisis of 2007–2009, ...

2012

Investors, Not Banks, Will Feel Brunt Of Tobin Tax

MILESTONES: EU By Anita Hawser The proposed Tobin Tax, or financial transaction tax (FTT), is a political hot potato that is being kicked around by various European countries in the wake of the global financial crisis as a means of ...

Islamic Finance Goes Global

COMING OF AGE By Anit a Hawser Islamic finance is starting to spread within the countries of North Africa with high Muslim concentrations. Any discussion of Islamic finance usually includes Islamic financial hubs such as Malaysia or the Gulf Cooperation ...

Milestone: Judging Alternatives To Libor

MILESTONES: UK By Anita Hawser The ongoing controversy surrounding Libor, the global benchmark interest rate used for pricing financial contracts, has sparked a wider debate about the merits of using alternative reference rates. The Bank of England was warned about ...

Central Banker Report Cards 2012: The Americas

By Gordon Platt, Antonio Guerrero and Anita Hawser The Americas ARGENTINA Mercedes Marcó del Pont Grade: D Marcó del Pont has focused much of her efforts over the past year on imposing draconian foreign exchange restrictions. Controls began after last ...

Central Banker Report Cards 2012: Asia-Pacific

By Gordon Platt, Antonio Guerrero and Anita Hawser ASIA-PACIFIC AUSTRALIA Glenn Stevens Grade: A Stevens has his hands full managing an economy with booming mining and financial sectors and weakness elsewhere. So far, he has managed to keep the overall ...

Central Banker Report Cards 2012: Europe

By Gordon Platt, Antonio Guerrero and Anita Hawser EUROPE BELARUS Nadezhda Ermakova Grade: C Ermakova assumed the chairmanship of the central bank in August 2011 under somewhat controversial circumstances. Her predecessor, Petr Prokopovich, retired against a backdrop of spiraling inflation ...

Central Banker Report Cards 2012: Middle East & Africa

By Gordon Platt, Antonio Guerrero and Anita Hawser MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA ALGERIA Mohammed Laksaci Grade: C The central bank of Algeria, Africa’s second-largest oil producer, has kept its discount rate at 4% for the past few years to encourage ...

Owen Leads New Unit At RBS

NEWSMAKERS: UNITED KINGDOM By Anita Hawser Since its bailout after the 2008 financial crisis, Royal Bank of Scotland has come under pressure from the government to increase lending, and recent reports suggest the government is considering fully nationalizing the bank. ...

UK: Race Heats Up For Next BOE Governor

NEWSMAKERS: UK By Anita Hawser The recent Libor scandal in British banking highlighted the power play that is going on behind the scenes as candidates vie for the governorship of the Bank of England when Mervyn King's second five-year term ...