2010

Milestones: IMF Adds Voice To Systemic Risk Debate

Global By Anita Hawser Reid: Imposing strict limits might impede growth With the concept of systemic risk still preoccupying global banking regulators, the International Monetary Fund has weighed in on the debate with some suggestions for far-reaching and surprisingly stringent ...

Features: Awards–Best Emerging Market Banks 2010 Asia

ASIA By Anita Hawser REGIONAL WINNER : HSBC As regional and foreign banks look to Asia to grow their business beyond their domestic markets, competition is heating up in the region. Traditionally a strong provider across 20 or so Asian ...

Features: Focus - Trade Finance

REBUILDING TRUST IN TRADE Trade finance is stabilizing, but caution is the watchword in an industry still reeling from the effects of the financial crisis. By Anita Hawser Throughout the financial crisis, trade finance, that unglamorous function within a bank ...

Milestones: Sovereign Funds Benefit From Global Bounce

Global By Anita Hawser Abu Dhabi: Home of the world’s biggest sovereign wealth fund While the past couple of years have been challenging, to say the least, for investment funds in general, sovereign wealth funds (SWFs), some of which got ...

Features: Focus: Global Custody

Settling Up Europe’s exchanges are working hard to reduce the complexity of clearing and settlement across the region. By Anita Hawser Any custodian doing business inEurope is used to dealing with “spaghetti”—not the variety of Italian pasta but the myriad ...

Newsmakers: Poor Compliance Sows Seeds Of Next Financial Meltdown

Global By Anita Hawser Johns: Compliance is key to avoiding another crash Senior banking and compliance officers surveyed by compliance solutions provider Complinet are already talking about the next financial crisis, which they believe will happen within the next four-and-a-half ...

Cover Story: When Two Worlds Collide

ISLAMIC FINANCING Islamic finance is set to become one of the defining phenomena of the coming decade. Some are concerned, though, that the surge of growth may compromise the strict principles on which it is founded. By Anita Hawser Ted ...

2009

Technology: Cloud Computing

CLOUD COMPUTING Businesses looking for cost-effective data and IT infrastructure solutions are increasingly finding the answer is in the cloud. by Anita Hawser History is littered with examples of technologies that were hyped by analysts, but when it came to ...

Cover Story: Africa Leads The Way To A New Era

EMERGING MARKETS FOCUS: AFRICA Africa’s economic development will be fueled more by its relationships with other emerging markets than with historical partners in the West. By Anita Hawser For hundreds of years Africa has represented a land of opportunity for ...

Cover Story: Greening The Supply Chain

Sustainable Procurement Rising transportation costs and impending rules on carbon emissions are prompting companies to reassess their sourcing strategies. Many are realizing substantial savings in the process. By Anita Hawser When London was awarded the 2012 Olympic Games, politicians and ...

FX Supplement: Spreading The Word

Spread Betting Spread betting is becoming an increasingly popular form of FX trading. Its proponents are hoping it will grow as a risk management tool, too. By Anita Hawser Its initial popularity—and notoriety—may have been among sports gamblers, but spread ...

Milestones: Global Currency Could Smooth Out Volatility

Global Anita Hawser Hillier-Brook: Currency already has potential users The campaign to depose the dollar as the global reserve currency has grown significantly stronger with the publication of a United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) report outlining the ...

Features : Central Banker Report Cards 2009

During one of the toughest years on record, the world’s central bankers were tested as never before. Contributors: Gordon Platt, Antonio Guerrero, Anita Hawser and Dan Keeler It is clear that 2009 is not a year on which the world’s ...

TCM Guide: Treasury & Cash Management Guide 2009

By Anita Hawser Europe Editor anita@gfinance.co.uk A lot of the traditional services cash management banks provided to their customers in the lead-up to the financial crisis around collections, liquidity, risk and working capital management are featuring more prominently in discussions ...

TCM Guide: E-invoicing

PAPERLESS PAYMENTS TAKE OFF Paperless invoicing is gaining popularity as efforts to create standardized processes gather momentum. By Anita Hawser Electronic invoicing (e-invoicing) may have gone through peaks and troughs over the past decade or so when it comes to ...

Milestones: When Will Recovery Come?

GLOBAL By Anita Hawser Shut down: Many businesses are still pessimistic Banks’ investment banking businesses are making money again and the better-than-expected US non-farm payrolls in July took the markets by surprise. But questions remain over whether the recession is ...

Milestones: Uk Tops Foreign Direct Investment League Table

United Kingdom By Anita Hawser London calling: Investors’ faith in the UK is growing The largest investor in the UK remained the United States, which increased its investment by 30% on 2007-2008 levels. The US accounted for more than 35% ...

Best Supply Chain Finance Providers

Supply Chain Finance In Growing Demand The credit crunch has demonstrated which banks are truly committed to developing supply chain finance solutions. By Anita Hawser Few market segments within financial services have emerged unscathed from the recent credit crisis, and ...

Newsmakers: Stimulus Packages Present Rich Pickings For Fraudsters

GLOBAL By Anita Hawser Abbey: Massive investment leaves door open for fraud With governments around the world doling out billions in stimulus packages or infrastructure projects to help revive flagging economies in the wake of the subprime crisis, many fraudsters ...

Regulars : Milestones : Global

Before the credit crunch took a massive bite out of global economic activity, oil prices were heading skyward, and fears that supplies might actually run out were rampant. By Anita Hawser Although the subsequent economic malaise sent energy prices tumbling, ...

Regulars : Newsmakers : United States

China and Brazil appear to be joining forces in an attempt to unseat the dollar as the de facto global reserve currency. By Anitar Hawser According to Brazil’s central bank, the two countries are actively discussing trading with each other ...

Regulars : Newsmakers : United Kingdom

While the economic crisis has demonstrated the shortcomings of “light-touch” regulation—leaving the market to virtually regulate itself—banks remain unconvinced about the benefits of a single global regulator. By Anita Hawser While the economic crisis has demonstrated the shortcomings of “light-touch” ...

Features : Future Imperfect

Swooning equity markets have added to the troubles facing many corporate pension plans and will only accelerate the move to defined contribution plans. By Anita Hawser For some time now observers have been warning of a looming pension crisis as ...

Features: Cash Is King Again

The credit crunch made life more difficult for corporate treasurers in many ways—not least in managing their relationships with their cash management banking partners. By Anita Hawser Over the past 12 months the European cash management sector has undergone a ...

Milestones : Countries count cost of credit crisis

It’s not just companies that are caught in the fallout from the credit crunch; countries are suffering, too. In the latest assessment from risk analysis firm Coface, 47 countries—including the US, the UK, Japan and Germany—have seen their financial-strength rating ...

Features : Financial Giants Face A Mighty Challenge

ANALYSIS FINANCIAL CENTERS Established financial centers are seeing their dominance challenged in the aftermath of the credit crunch. BY ANITA HAWSER In early April, as leaders from the Group of 20 countries gathered with the expectation that they would usher ...

Features: Local Heroes

TREASURY & CASH MANAGEMENT ASIA REGIONAL REPORT Many businesses in Asia were well prepared for the credit crunch, having learned some important lessons in previous regional crises. By Anita Hawser As the subprime crisis rocked the foundations of the West’s ...

Milestones : Governments Transform M&A Landscape

EUROPE PwC's Nick Page. The cross-border M&A; activity that has characterized financial services for the past few years has virtually ground to a halt as increasing government involvement radically reshapes the market. Nick Page, partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers, says M&A; deal dynamics ...

Emerging Markets : Governments transform M&A landscape

EUROPE The cross-border M&A; activity that has characterized financial services for the past few years has virtually ground to a halt as increasing government involvement radically reshapes the market. PwC's Nick Page Nick Page, partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers, says M&A; deal dynamics ...

Features : Desperate Measures

SPOTLIGHT CORPORATE FRAUD Crumbling asset values and wild volatility have left a trail of disaster in their wake. They also exposed some truly shocking frauds. Abbey: “If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is” In the words ...

Features : Back To Basics

SECTOR REPORT SOVEREIGN WEALTH FUNDS A series of disastrous investments in Western banks and mounting pressure to invest locally is prompting a sea change in sovereign wealth funds’ investment attitudes. Dickinson: Some SWFs are facing pressure to diversify their investments ...

Newsmakers : Economic Gloom Hits Business Confidence

UNITED STATES As the credit crisis deepens and government measures to kick-start bank lending fall short of the mark, the mood among company CEOs, particularly those with operations in Europe and Asia, is beginning to darken. These are the latest ...

Cover Story: The price for protection

THE NEW PROTECTIONISTS As countries seek to safeguard their economies from the effects of the global downturn, they risk being accused of protectionism. The fall-out could be ugly. When US president-elect Barack Obama sailed to victory in the November US ...

Newsmakers : Credit Crunch May Be A Myth

United States Marenzi: Interbank lending assertions are puzzling. A chorus of dissenting voices has emerged that is challenging the widely held belief that interbank lending markets have dried up, commercial lending is being curtailed, and non-financial commercial paper markets have ...

2008

Features : Breaking Up Or Breaking Down?

THE DECOUPLING DEBATE Proponents of the theory that emerging markets are decoupling from the West’s economies have had a tough year. Their vision may yet be coming true, though. If the United States sneezes, the rest of the world catches ...

Features : Best Laid Plans

MIDDLE EAST Determined to avoid repeating past mistakes, oil-rich nations in the Middle East have worked hard to diversify their economies. So far they have fared well, but pitfalls remain. Oil is integral to the Middle East's economic fortunes, but ...

Newsmakers : Regulators Focus On Liquidity Risk

GLOBAL McDowall: A more forensic approach to risk is needed. Regulators across the world may soon be pooling information in an attempt to police global banks’ liquidity risk. Managing liquidity risk, which was not high up on the regulatory or ...

Newsmakers : Firms Hoard Cash As Crisis Deepens

GLOBAL More companies are tightening the screws on customer credit in the wake of the crunch. As the credit crunch continues to wreak havoc in the corporate and financial worlds and shows clear signs of seeping into the real economy, ...

Features : Banking On Innovation

BANKING ON INNOVATION SYSTEMIC RISK Businesses are finding imaginative ways to circumvent the credit crunch. The solutions they adopt now could have profound implications for their future operations. For months this year, pessimists had been predicting a global financial meltdown. ...

Newsmakers : Gf Survey Finds Companies Crimping Credit

GLOBAL Crunching the numbers: Businesses are preparing themselves for difficult times ahead. Much of the coverage on the credit crunch has focused on the impact it is having on banks and capital markets, but in a series of surveys conducted ...

Features : Islamic Finance

BACK TO BASICS ISLAMIC FINANCING The core ethical principles of Islamic finance have protected the industry from the worst effects of the credit crunch. A customer makes a transaction at Emirates Bank in Dubai. One segment of the financial markets ...

Newsmakers : Emerging Markets Face Savage Reversal Of Funds Flows

GLOBAL Capon: Asia's funds are drying up fast. The credit crunch has shattered a lot of illusions about the soundness of the global financial system, and another theory that has been challenged is that of “decoupling,” whereby emerging markets were ...

Features : The Threat From Within

AFRICAN INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCE Despite the increasingly sophisticated solutions deployed to prevent it, rogue trading is still a serious problem in the banking industry. Every year banks spend billions deploying sophisticated filtering and electronic “perimeter fence” technologies to try to maintain ...

Newsmakers : Global Leaders Paint Bleak Picture

AUSTRIA Citi's Rhodes: Current crisis is the US' biggest challenge in recent history. With Bank of America buying Merrill Lynch and Lehman’s filing for bankruptcy, the global credit crunch is clearly far from over. In fact, a panel of banking ...

Features : World's Best Banks 2008

ANNUAL SURVEY / WORLD’S BEST BANKS 2008 Now more than ever, the world’s best banks deserve recognition for continuing to provide excellent products and high levels of service to their clients, despite the distractions of the global credit crunch and ...