2008

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 ...

Features : Risky Business

CORPORATE TOOLBOX / POLITICAL RISK In recent years, political risks facing multinationals have grown more significant. Corporations are far from blameless in creating that risk, though. Heightened tensions: Multinationals in countries such as Venezuela face growing risks. With oil prices ...

Newsmakers : Investment Banks Urged To Simplify Financial Products

UNITED KINGDOM Clark: Silo-based controls are at heart of problem. In light of the record £5.6 million ($10.5 million) fine the UK’s Financial Services Authority (FSA) imposed on the UK operations of Credit Suisse’s investment bank recently, observers have warned ...

TCM Guide : Treasury & Cash Management Guide 2008

The old adage, “Cash is king,” has rarely been more true. As banks reassess their credit relationships with corporate customers, with a view to maintaining those relationships that are more profitable and less risky, corporates, particularly those in tiers 2 ...

TCM Guide : Paper Cuts

ELECTRONIC INVOICING Watkinson: RBS has created an open e-invoicing solution in an attempt to make it user-friendly for customers. At the height of the dot-com boom, anyone attending the multitude of technology summits touting the next big “disruptive technology” would ...

TCM Guide : "Who’s Who" In Treasury And Cash Management

TREASURY & CASH MANAGEMENT 2008 Robert Allen Group Treasurer British American Tobacco Robert Allen, appointed group treasurer effective this past June, replaces David Swann, who has now retired. Based in London, Allen works with a team of 20 professionals across ...

Milestones : Financiers Expect More Banks To Fail

GLOBAL Almost a year into the credit crunch, it appears that there are still widespread market fears of another financial firm going under. And it seems that the next six months are crucial in terms of whether those fears will ...

Newsmakers : Leaders Line Up Presidential Candidates

TURKEY Coskun Ulusoy: Army pension fund looks beyond Turkey, but not Asia. While pension funds in Europe and other parts of the world are being told to raise their game in order to make up investment shortfalls, the Turkish armed ...

Features : Greasing The Wheels Of Global Trade

GREASING THE WHEELS OF GLOBAL TRADE ANNUAL SURVEY / SUPPLY CHAIN FINANCE Global Finance pinpoints the leaders in the increasingly innovative, creative and commercially important field of supply chain finance. The physical transportation of goods between buyers and suppliers may ...

Milestones : Tighter Lending Standards Part Of Long-Term Strategy

GLOBAL Slim pickings: Banks are less keen on lending. As the fallout from the subprime debacle continues, companies are finding they can no longer rely on their long-standing banking providers for credit. In fact, according to a report by analyst ...

Features : Sharing In Risk And Reward

SECTOR REPORT / ISLAMIC FINANCE The range of Islamic finance techniques is growing rapidly, but some are concerned that the most innovative products may be flouting shariah principles. While conventional financial markets are still reeling from the credit crunch, and ...

Features : Raising Sepa’s Horizons

CORPORATE TOOLBOX — SEPA Six months after SEPA’s introduction, banks are still trying to devise ways to encourage the businesses they serve to jump aboard. Additional optional services may provide the answer. The introduction of the euro in January 1999 ...

Milestones : Anxiety Grows Over Liquidity And Credit

GLOBAL Stressed out: Concern over financial risks has grown sharply. One of the most extensive surveys of global banks’ attitudes toward risk has found that liquidity and credit spreads continue to keep bankers awake at night. The Centre for the ...

Features: Banking on Russia

ANALYSIS Deft maneuvering is helping Russia’s banks dodge the fallout from the credit crunch, but significant risks remain—particularly for smaller banks and their customers. While the crises at UK mortgage lender Northern Rock and US investment bank Bear Stearns may ...

Milestones : Bank Bailouts Could Harm Country Rating

GLOBAL A cautious approach: Bank of England governor Mervyn King. The global credit crunch has highlighted just how far regulators and banks in some markets are willing to go to prop up the domestic financial system. However, clear differences are ...

Features : Fighting Frausters From Winthin

ONLINE FRAUD New technologies and greater understanding of the mechanics of online fraud are helping corporations beat the bad guys. The 2002 film “Catch Me If You Can” was based loosely on a book penned by Frank William Abagnale Jr., ...

Newsmakers : US CEOs May Face Euro-Style Packages

UNITED STATES / EUROPE With corporate fat cats’ earnings increasingly in the spotlight, particularly in these credit-challenged times, it appears that CEO remuneration packages vary markedly depending on which side of the pond they are on. According to management consultancy ...

Newsmakers : Taking Shariah-Compliant Financing Into The Mainstream

UNITED KINGDOM While many Western banks may be struggling with liquidity and funding issues, Middle Eastern banks, awash with liquidity, are increasingly making their presence felt in Western financial markets. One such bank is Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB), whose European ...

Newsmakers : US Wakes Up To Economic Benefits Of Clean Energy

UNITED STATES Clean energy technologies are key to the US's future economic prosperity. US president George W. Bush may not have signed the Kyoto Protocol for reducing carbon dioxide emissions, but with consumers feeling the pinch of high oil prices ...

Features : No Alternative

SECTOR REPORT / GLOBAL CUSTODY As their clients seek ever-greater returns on their investments, global custodians are finding themselves having to expand into some unfamiliar territory. Consolidation has been a recurring theme in custody for more than a decade, with ...

Features : Miners Going Major

ANALYSIS - MINING The world’s biggest mining companies look set to continue growing sharply as competition for resources continues to intensify. In the closing months of 2007, as investors fled equities and piled into commodities like gold en masse, spot ...

Newsmakers : Businesses Face Pressure To Cut Electronics Waste

United Kingdom Davy: Scrapping computers is a huge resource drain Businesses are facing increasing pressure to consider the environmental impact of their IT purchasing habits as awareness grows of the vast amount of natural resources used in the production of ...

Features: Joining The Chain Gang

CORPORATE TOOLBOX At the Sibos international banking conference in Atlanta in 2004, David Taggart, the treasurer of one of the world's most recognizable brand names, Coca-Cola, made a direct plea to the banks to deliver greater efficiencies to corporates' supply ...

Cover Story: Asia's big year

Asia’s most dynamic economies are amassing huge cash fortunes that they can then wield to increase their power around the world. Will 2008 be the year when we t ruly see the balance of global power shift to the East? ...

2007

Cover Story : A Calming Influence

CENTRAL BANKERS PERSPECTIVES Central bankers deserve much of the credit for the financial world’s ability to ride out tumultuous market conditions. Global Finance asked the central bankers who were awarded “A” grades in our recent central banker report cards how ...

Milestones : Businesses Confirm That Green Begets Green

UK / GLOBAL Growing awareness: Firms see risk management benefits in going green Multinational corporations are waking up to the fact that being “green” is not just for environmentalists. That was the message that came out of a Green Banking ...

Features : The Wild East

RUSSIA Russia’s greatest strength could also turn out to be its biggest weakness. Skyscrapers go up as some of Russia’s surplus is invested in infrastructure projects Oil has been kind to Russia. In the past few years, as world commodity ...

Milestones : Integration Helps Firms Avert Risk

GLOBAL Firms are unprepared for risks such as terrorist attacks Major companies are still struggling to come to grips with risk management, despite recent high-profile events such as the September 11 attacks, the London bombings, the threat of a global ...

Features : Clear Path

SECTOR REPORT / TREASURY & CASH MANAGEMENT Large corporations are leaping at the chance to connect directly to the banks’ financial messaging network. Some of the banks are not so keen, though. Afew years ago, many companies had probably never ...

Newsmakers : Offshoring Industry Faces New Opponent: Its Clients

UNITED KINGDOM/UNITED STATES Divett: Offshoring IT involves hidden costs. Offshoring information technology services is an emotive subject that incites mixed responses from most companies. Although Wall Street financial firms were among the early adopters of outsourcing, sending their back-office IT ...

Milestones : Challenges Grow In Run-Up To New Payment Rules

EUROPE Europe's payments landscape is set to change dramatically with market reforms. Banks and companies in other parts of the world are watching with interest as the deadline for radical transformation of the UK and Europe’s cross-border payments landscape draws ...

Features : World’s Best Banks

ANNUAL SURVEY / WORLD’S BEST BANKS At a time when the world economic outlook is more uncertain than it has been in years, the banking industry finds itself at the vortex of a financial market storm that originated in subprime ...

Features : Balancing Act

COUNTRY REPORT / BRAZIL Buffeted by the shockwaves from the US subprime mortgage crisis, Brazil has to steer a steady course if it is to keep its economic development on track. Buffeted by the shockwaves from the US subprime mortgage ...

Features : Central Banker Report Cards 2007

ANNUAL SURVEY / CENTRAL BANKER REPORT CARDS Individually, many of the world’s leading central bankers seemed to be in disarray after the subprime debacle began to unfold in mid-2007. As a group, though, they acted with remarkably unity. The central ...

Milestones : Sepa Rollout Faces More Hurdles

EUROPE Desmares: Corporates cool on SEPA. Businesses and public sector organizations operating in Europe have until 2010 to abandon existing national payment instruments and adopt new pan-European credit transfer and direct debits. At least that is the central tenet of ...

Newsmakers : Trichet Urges Better Risk Control

EUROPE Trichet: Questions investors' reliance on credit ratings. The subprime mortgage crisis in the US has forced the president of the European Central Bank (ECB) to speak out about the new sources of risk being created by the market’s appetite ...

TCM Guide 2007 : Identity Solution

CORPORATE ID MANAGEMENT As corporate treasury systems become increasingly automated, businesses and their banking partners are devising innovative techniques to ensure only authorized personnel can make payments. Wendel: In approximately 25% of cases, account signatories are wrong. Hans-Maarten van den ...

Cover Story : Waiting In The Wings

EU ACCESSION HOPEFULS Preparing their economies for entry to the European Union is yielding dramatic results for accession candidates and providing inspiration for those that aspire to follow them. Kiev: Banking market set for sharp growth. While EU accession has ...

Milestones : Banks On The Spot Over Internet Fraud

UNITED KINGDOM / GLOBAL Brunswick: Banks are responding to threats. The Internet has become a “playground for criminals,” and it is up to banks and other online service providers to make it safe for consumers to go online, according to ...

TCM Guide 2007 : Europe Editor's Letter

Welcome to Global Finance’s annual Treasury & Cash Management Guide, in which we explore the latest trends and issues in the world of global cash management...

Milestones : Booming Islamic Finance Faces Hurdles

GLOBAL High aspirations: Islamic finance on the rise. Excess liquidity and the tidal wave of petrodollars flooding into the Middle East are causing a surge of interest in Islamic finance. The growth rate of the industry is now approaching 20%, ...

Newsmakers : Few Cities Attain ‘knowledge Hub’ Status

Europe Stockholm: One of 15 knowledge hubs. With just over two years to go, the European Commission’s Lisbon Agenda initiative to transform Europe into the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world by 2010 appears to be failing. ...

Cover Story : Living On The Edge

CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE The EU’s newest members struggle to balance growth with stability. Prague's stock exchange is one of many in the region that are attracting foreign investors. Despite recent political maneuverings by Russian president Vladimir Putin, which have ...

Milestones : London Takes The Lead For Commerce

Global London: The "epicenter of world commerce" London is perhaps best known for major tourist attractions such as Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge and Madame Tussaud’s, but now it has a new moniker as the epicenter of commerce globally, according to ...

Newsmakers : Corporate Fraud On The Rise Despite Sox

United states Patrick Taylor: No "perfect solution" for fraud prevention Five years ago, in the wake of the Enron and WorldCom scandals, Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) was enacted to prevent financial fraud. However, a recent survey of more than 80 US fraud ...

Features : Change Agents

CUSTODY & INVESTORS’ SERVICES Over the past three decades, the global custody and investors’ services industry has facilitated some of the most dramatic and far-reaching changes in the global financial services landscape. More than 30 years ago Chase Manhattan bank ...