2009

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

2008

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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” ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

2007

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 : 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 ...