2009

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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; ...

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, ...

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 ...