2006

Cover Story : The World’s Safest Banks 2006

ANNUAL SURVEY/ WORLD’S SAFEST BANKS Global Finance selects the world’s safest banks, the 50 institutions with the highest ratings from the leading international credit ratings agencies. The dust has settled after the shake-out of 2004, when Germany’s part-state-owned Landesbanks were ...

Editor's Letter : Dear Reader

The US central banker Ben Bernanke may be fumbling a little with the levers of economic control, but in his few short months as the head of the Fed he has shown he has a firm grasp on the power that his high-profile job affords him...

Editor's Letter : Dear Reader

As many environmentalists predicted it would be, this summer in the northern hemisphere has been another scorcher...

Cover Story : Crunch Time

The Energy Issue THE ENERGY ISSUE Recent events have transformed the way the world views its energy supplies. With startling rapidity, energy security has become a tremendously important strategic issue. Corporations and national governments alike are hurriedly drawing up plans ...

Editor's Letter : Pressure Play

Tired of waiting for US regulators to insist that public companies disclose the risks they face from global warming, a group of heavy-hitting investors has fired off a stern memo to the head of the Securities and Exchange Commission...

Editor's Letter : Dear Reader

As Global Finance was going to press this month, it emerged that the International Monetary Fund had agreed to a Asweeping change in its role...

Editor's Letter : Don't look, Leap!

Readers might be left with the impression that Western banks are being a little hasty in their headlong rush to gain a slice of the Chinese banking market...

Editor's Letter : Dear Reader

There can be few things in the corporate world that are more complex, contentious and, frankly, confusing than the issue of executive compensation...

2005

Cover Story: The World’s Safest Banks 2005

Global Finance selects the World’s Safest Banks, the 50 institutions with the highest ratings from the leading international credit ratings agencies. For the first time in many years, Germany has lost its stranglehold on the top echelon of the world’s ...

Cover Story: Central Banker Report Cards 2005

After enjoying a couple of relatively peaceful years, the world’s central bankers suddenly found themselves with a lot more work on their hands. Over the past year they’ve faced some unexpected challenges. Few central bankers would have predicted, for example, ...

Editor's Letter: Dear Reader

As Global Finance was going to press, the world’s leaders were gathering in New York City for the United Nations conference...

Cover Story : The World’s Biggest Banks 2005

Global Finance ranks the world’s 50 biggest banks, as measured by total assets. If there was any doubt that the world’s top banks have been thriving for the past year, the Global Finance listing of the world’s biggest banks should ...

Emerging Markets : 'Bra Wars' end in delicate compromise

China Friends: Tony Blair, with China’s president Hu Jintao After a long, tense negotiation period, the EU and China finally strapped together a compromise over textile imports. Britain’s prime minister Tony Blair claimed the credit for hammering out the final ...

Editor's Letter : Dear Reader

The Teflon Economy

There is no disputing the fact that the world’s economies are confronting some unsettling forces...

Editor's Letter : Dear Reader

Sharing the Blame

Argentina’s finance minister, Guillermo Nielsen, was clearly thrilled last month when he learned that his country had won a resounding victory...

Editor's Letter : Dear Reader

With corporate misbehavior and accounting shenanigans apparently under control, the focus of the conversations among the financial chattering classes has moved on...

Editor's Letter : Dear Reader

It is refreshing to hear that William Donaldson, the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, wants to reduce the cost burden that Sarbanes-Oxley imposes on businesses...

Editor's Letter : Dear Reader

Devastating though the Indian Ocean tsunami was, the death toll is dwarfed by the ongoing disaster in Africa...

Cover Story : Sharing the Debt Burden

Africa’s New Wave Of Hope Sharing the Debt Burden Many countries in Southern Africa have long been lobbying for the cancellation of their foreign debts. During a recent Southern African Development Community summit in Windhoek, Namibia, retired President of Mozambique ...

Editor's Letter : Dear Reader

Vive La Resolution!

For many people, the New Year is a time to take stock of their lives and to set goals for the year ahead...

2004

Features : Custodians Adapt To A Changing Environment

Experts in global custody gathered at Global Finance’s offices to discuss the challenges and opportunities in their markets. GLOBAL FINANCE: There are new and more powerful forces pushing consolidation today. What impact will this have on your business and your ...

Cover Story : World’s Best Companies List

NORTH AMERICA AIRLINES JETBLUE AIRWAYS CEO and Director: David Neeleman After gaining passenger loyalty in the US with its goal of “bringing humanity back to air travel,” JetBlue went international this year, adding flights to two Caribbean destinations. The airline ...

Features : Emerging Issuers Find Keys to Cheaper Funding

Experts in emerging markets corporate funding gathered at Global Finance’s offices to discuss the state of the markets. GLOBAL FINANCE: What are the latest issuance trends for emerging market companies and how do you expect these to develop? JORGE CANTONNET, ...

Features : World's Safest Banks

The World’s Safest Banks 2004 Global Finance selects the World’s Safest Banks, the 50 institutions with the highest ratings from the leading international credit ratings agencies. It is perhaps a sign of things to come that a giant French bank ...

Editor's Letter : Dear Reader

When Britain's chancellor of the exchequer, Gordon Brown, weighed in recently on the debate over the drag Europe is exerting on world economic growth...

Editor's Letter : Risk and Reward

For many companies it took some considerable regulatory prodding before they recognized risk as something they could not only quantify, but that they could manage...

Editor's Letter : Future Imperfect

There’s no doubt that many people who are currently working—even those who are currently well off—will face seriously hard times when they retire...

Editor's Letter : Dear reader

In our cover story this month we discuss the measures corporations can—and should—take in order to prepare for the imminent interest rate rises...

Editor's Letter : Dear Reader

It is too early to say definitively, but it looks as though the US Federal Reserve chairman, Alan Greenspan, is regaining his form...

Milestones : M&A Uptick Becomes A Frenzy

GLOBAL It’s official: Merger madness is back. Preliminary figures for the first quarter of 2004 indicate that this is already shaping up to be a blockbuster year. The dramatic increase in activity may come as a surprise to some. Earlier ...

Milestones : Mutual Madness

UNITED STATES Some things never change. After sitting on the sidelines watching the halting but inexorable rise of the US and pretty much every other markets’ stock indexes last year, many investors seem to have decided, finally, that the time ...

Newsmakers : Fuller Disclosure

UNITED STATES When it comes to corporate communications, the bar just keeps getting higher.While many public companies are still trying to get used to providing investors with anything more than bare-bones information, those who want to use that information are ...

Editor's Letter : Not So Fast!

As Global Finance was going to press, details were emerging of JPMorgan Chase’s proposed $58 billion takeover of Bank One, which would be the biggest bank merger in the US in more than five years...

Editor's Letter : Brave New World

In this issue we bring together a number of disparate stories from around the world, including Brazil, Russia, the United States and Western Europe...

Features : Brazil Emerges From the Shadows

Global Finance brought together some of the key players in Brazil Day 2003 in a roundtable to discuss the state of the Brazilian market and the prospects for investors. Global Finance publisher, Joseph Giarraputo, moderated the discussion. ■ Global Finance: ...

2003

Cover Story : How Low Can You Go?

As regulators and tax collection authorities clamp down on corporate and individual tax abuse, business leaders are finding it harder than ever to know where to draw the line between tax planning and tax evasion. In recent months a great ...

Cover Story : The Best Companies In Latin America

ANNUAL SURVEY           AIRLINES   LanChile   Executive Vice President and CEO: Enrique Cueto Plaza       LanChile’s operational efficiency, passenger loyalty and steady revenue growth in both its cargo and its passenger business segments ...