2011

EM: Bovespa Eyes Other BRIC Markets

EMERGING MARKETS INVESTOR: NEWS   By Anita Hawser   As the world’s key stock exchanges engage in a flurry of mergers aimed at cutting costs and boosting efficiency, Brazil’s BM&F; Bovespa—the fourth largest exchange operator in the world—is looking to ...

Company To Watch: Industrias Bachoco / Mexico

INDUSTRIAS BACHOCO: POULTRY PRODUCER OFFERS PROTECTION IN TROUBLED MARKET   By Anita Hawser   In times of uncertainty investors often turn to so-called defensive stocks, and Mexico poultry producer Industrias Bachoco is certainly that.   Despite other problems that may ...

Global: Pushing For Mainstream Sustainability Reporting

NEWSMAKERS: GLOBAL   By Anita Hawser   Ligteringen: “Measure what you need to manage” “We are urging all companies to look systematically at their environmental,social and economic results,” says Ernst Ligteringen, CEO of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), which provides ...

DRs: Chinese Firms Believe In US IPO Market

EMERGING MARKETS INVESTOR: DR NEWS   By Anita Hawser   The wave of Chinese companies opting to list on American exchanges continues with a China-based manufacturer of rare-earth coated and prestressed building materials for roads and bridges issuing five million ...

Sector Report: Islamic Finance

  ISLAMIC FINANCE: ISLAMIC BANKING BY THE BOOK   By Anita Hawser   The growing popularity of Islamic financing and an intensified focus on risk management in the global banking industry are prompting greater awareness of the need for a ...

EM News: Equity Markets To See More Growth

EMERGING MARKETS INVESTOR: NEWS   By Anita Hawser   Emerging market equities look set to enjoy another strong year in 2011 on the back of robust economic growth fueled by domestic consumption and a recovery in exports.   "Emerging equities are ...

Update: Custody and Investor Services

  CUSTODY & INVESTOR SERVICES: IN SAFE HANDS   By Anita Hawser   Custodians have seen their role expand as a result of recent regulatory and market-driven changes.   In the wake of Lehman's collapse, Bernie Madoff's $50 billion Ponzi ...

US: Treasurers Oppose Tighter Rules On MMFs

NEWSMAKERS: UNITED STATES   By Anita Hawser   Proprietary trading by banks and OTC derivatives has come under increased regulatory scrutiny following the 2008 subprime crisis, but, to the surprise of many, regulators are also fixing their gaze on money ...

Corporate Toolbox: Cyber Security

  CYBERSECURITY: HIDDEN THREAT   By Anita Hawser   Recent increases in cyberattacks have raised alarming questions over corporate network security.   In February 2010 the Kneber botnet virus infected more than 70,000 computers globally, including some at US government ...

UK: Businesses Brace For Bribery Crackdown

NEWSMAKERS: UK   By Anita Awser   High risk: UK bribery law will affect companies worldwide In a sign that regulators are clamping down on bribery and corruption in international business, from April 2011 the UK will implement what legal ...

SEPA Update: Slow Progress

UPDATE: SEPA   By Anita Hawser   Proponents of the Single Euro Payments Area are considering stringent measures to encourage companies to hop on board.   As eurozone countries busy themselves implementing liquidity measures designed to calm market fears about ...

2010

Emerging Markets Focus: Asia

COVER STORY: IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT   By Anita Hawser   Emerging Asia has consolidated its role as the most powerful engine of global economic recovery—but threats to the region's growing prosperity remain.   The first thing British prime minister ...

Global: Basel III Debate Over Trade Finance

NEWSMAKERS: GLOBAL   By Anita Hawser   Nivison: Trade is different When the new Basel III capital adequacy proposals were announced back in the summer, some members of the banking community breathed a sigh of relief as the timeline for ...

Standard Bearers

SECTOR FOCUS — ISLAMIC FINANCIAL SERVICES   By Anita Hawser   Calls for standardized regulation of Islamic financial services are growing louder in the wake of the global financial crisis.   Islamic banks emerged from the recent financial crisis with ...

SIBOS 2010

With thousands of banks and a growing number of corporations attending each year, the Brussels-based international banking network SWIFT's annual Sibos conference has become a crucial forum for debates in transaction banking. This year's conference, to be held in Amsterdam, ...

TCM: Risks And Rewards

By Anita Hawser   Having survived one of the worst recessions on record, companies understand better than ever that treasury management is important for improved efficiency, whether through tightening their accounts-receivable or accounts-payable processes to unlock working capital or limiting ...

Top Firms Spurn Bank Finance

EUROPE   By Anita Hawser   No thank you: Companies reject costly bank loans Investment-grade companies are shunning bank lending and opting instead for the bond markets in order to raise financing, a report by Fitch Ratings says. Based on ...

Turbulence Indices Provide Risk Insight

GLOBAL   By Anita Hawser   State Street’s Will Kinlaw Stress testing risk models and investment portfolios for extreme market events has certainly come into vogue in the wake of the financial crisis. Banks’ risk models were criticized for focusing ...

IMF Identifies Reasons For Markets' Resilience

NEWSMAKERS: EMERGING MARKETS   By Anita Hawser   Rosy future: Emerging hubs such as Mumbai recovered fast As the dust continues to settle following the recent global financial crisis, the International Monetary Fund is attempting to explain why so many emerging ...

Best Supply Chain Finance Providers 2010

ANNUAL SURVEY —BEST SUPPLY CHAIN FINANCE PROVIDERS 2010   Joining The Chain Gang   By Anita Hawser   The leading players in the supply chain finance business demonstrate the benefits of innovation and commitment to a growing market.   A ...

Gulf Report: Game Changer

ISLAMIC FINANCING BREAKTHROUGH   By Anita Hawser   GAME CHANGER   The arrival of the first globally standardized documentation for privately negotiated Islamic hedging products marks a major breakthrough in Islamic finance and risk management.     Compared to the ...

Foreign Exchange Trading

SPOTLIGHT: TRADING UP   Technology is revolutionizing foreign exchange trading and providing ever-increasing opportunities in the world’s biggest financial market.   By Anita Hawser   Electronic trading has revolutionized markets. In the equities markets, algorithmic trading platforms, high-frequency trading and ...

Private Equity Focuses On Emerging Opportunities

MILESTONES: EMERGING MARKETS   Private Equity Focuses on Emerging Opportunities   By Anita Hawser   Thunell: Extolling the virtues of emerging markets While developed markets flounder in a post-crisis quagmire of sovereign debt, developing markets are enjoying much better times—and private ...

Enabling Efficiency

ENABLE EFFICIENCY   Welcome to the first Technology & Treasury Management Supplement Global Finance has published. We recognize that technology has always been a key enabler of treasury management, with treasury management workstations and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems facilitating ...

Market Forces

FOCUS: ISLAMIC FINANCE IN ASIA   A centralized approach to Islamic finance is helping Asia develop an industry that may challenge the Middle East as the global hub.   By Anita Hawser   The Middle East is often thought of ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...