2014

WORLD’S BEST BANKS 2014

WORLD’S BEST BANKS 2014

Global Finance unveils its annual list of the  best banks globally, regionally and by country. The banking industry remains under stress, but there are bright spots.

2013

Africa: Chad's Pipeline Dreams

EMERGING MARKETS ROUNDUP By Antonio Guerrero Despite declining oil output levels in recent years, Chad is expecting to triple production by 2015 as new oilfields near Lake Chad begin operations. Output is forecasted to rise to 200,000 barrels per day ...

Latin America: Dark Days

REGIONAL REPORT: ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE By Antonio Guerrero Vast investments in energy infrastructure are needed in the region not only to bring more of the current population onto the grid, but also to ensure that capacity meets demand, going forward. When ...

Cover Story: World’s Best Banks 2013

TECHNOLOGY IS THE TRUMP CARD   By Jonathan Gregson, Antonio Guerrero, Anita Hawser, Gordon Platt and Michael Shari   Global Finance unveils its annual list of the best banks globally, regionally and by country. The winners have all demonstrated dedication ...

Central Banker Report Cards 2013

‘A’ FOR EFFORT, ‘B-’ FOR RESULTS   By Antonio Guerrero, Anita Hawser and Gordon Platt   Global Finance presents its annual report on the performance of the world’s central bank governors.   There are a lot of new faces among ...

Brazil: Odebrecht Grows Infrastructure

EMERGING MARKETS ROUNDUP By Antonio Guerrero Odebrecht Offshore Drilling Finance, a division of one of Brazil’s largest privately-held industrial and engineering conglomerates, reopened the international capital markets for Brazilian issuers in July by selling $1.7 billion in bonds. Demand for ...

Country Report: Nigeria

THE RIGHT ROUTE FOR GROWTH By Antionio Guerrero   Nigeria has averaged 7% growth over the past decade. But effectively managing its continued expansion is proving problematic. Infrastructure investment is a key challenge.   The Nigeria stock exchange building in ...

World's Best Banks 2013: Africa

By Thomas Clouse, Jonathan Gregson, Antonio Guerrero & Gordon Platt   MOBILE BANKING STIMULATES ECONOMIC GROWTH IN AFRICA Africa is one of the fastest-growing markets in the world for mobile payments. Money transfers using mobile phones will exceed $200 billion in ...

World's Best Banks 2013: North America

By Thomas Clouse, Jonathan Gregson, Antonio Guerrero & Gordon Platt RECORD EARNINGS FOR CANADIAN BANKS Canadian banks have continued to report record earnings, despite a slowdown in the Canadian economy, surprising most analysts. Plus, they have avoided many of the ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: Brazil

TRUMP TO BUILD OFFICE TOWERS IN REDEVELOPED RIO PORT   By Antonio Guerrero   New York billionaire investor Donald Trump will launch Trump Towers Rio, his first Brazilian venture, with an estimated $4 billion investment.   The complex of five 38-story ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: Africa

S OUTH AFRICA MOVES CLOSER TO JUNK STATUS WITH DOWNGRADE   By Antonio Guerrero   South Africa’s weakened economy pushed it closer into junk territory, as Fitch Ratings further downgraded its sovereign rating in January.   The agency cut the country’s ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: Africa

G HANA INVESTS IN RENEWABLES   By Antonio Guerrero   UK-based Blue Energy will invest $400 million to build Africa’s largest solar photovoltaic power plant in Ghana.   The Nzema project will produce 155 megawatts, increasing the country’s generating capacity ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: Brazil

BP TO EXPAND ETHANOL PRODUCTION   By Antonio Guerrero   Aiming to accelerate industrial growth, the Brazilian government extended its PSI investment program through 2013, providing $48 billion in financing to support subsidized loans for industrial producers to invest in ...

2012

Emerging Markets Roundup: Africa

AfDB SEEK TO REPATRIATE FOREIGN RESERVES   By Antonio Guerrero   The African Development Bank, (AfDB) a regional development bank based in Tunisia, is working to bring a portion of Africa’s $500 billion in foreign reserves held abroad back to the ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: Brazil

BRAZIL TO REVIVE MBS TAX EXEMPTIONS   By Antonio Guerrero   The Brazilian government is looking to revive the market in mortgage-backed securities by providing tax exemptions for foreign investors, following a nearly 50% decline in sales of new debt supported ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: Africa

COMMODITIES BOOM SEES AFRICA OUTPACE GLOBAL GROWTH   By Antonio Guerrero   African economic growth is outpacing the global average for the first time, according to a World Bank report, with such sub-Saharan countries as Sierra Leone, Niger and Angola ...

Latin America: Rise Of The Mexican Jaguar

RISE OF THE “JAGUAR”   By Antonio Guerrero   Mexico’s new business-friendly president has promised to open up state-owned oil companies to private investment. If so, Mexico could overtake Brazil as the region’s largest economy within a decade.   Photo ...

World’s Best Banks 2012: Regional Winners

By Gordon Platt, Thomas Clouse, Jonathan Gregson & Antonio Guerrero Regional Winners BEST BANK IN NORTH AMERICA JPMorgan Chase   JPMorgan Chase is the top US bank by assets. “For America’s largest companies, we raised or lent over $720 billion ...

World’s Best Banks 2012: Country Winners

By Gordon Platt, Thomas Clouse, Jonathan Gregson & Antonio Guerrero Country Winners   World’s Best Banks 2012 Back To Main Article World’s Best Banks 2012: Global Winners World’s Best Banks 2012: Regional Winners

Emerging Markets Roundup: Brazil

ROUSSEFF PLANS $66 BILLION IN INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT   By Antonio Guerrero   In a bid to reverse Brazil's recent economic slowdown and boost competitiveness, president Dilma Rousseff in August unveiled a nearly $66 billion infrastructure investment program for roads, and ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: Africa

INVESTOR FEARS RISE ON MINE STRIKES   By Antonio Guerrero   Violent strikes at South Africa's Marikana platinum mine, operated by UK group Lonmin, could impact investment flows.   Violence mars Marikana mine strikes Photo Credits: MIKE HUTCHINGS / REUTERS ...

World’s Best Banks 2012: Global Winners

By Gordon Platt, Thomas Clouse, Jonathan Gregson & Antonio Guerrero Global Winners BEST CORPORATE BANK Deutsche Bank Deutsche Bank, the largest bank in Germany, is a leading global corporate and investment bank and has long been the top foreign exchange ...