2003

Features : The 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. A single downgrade from a single ratings agency has been enough to knock the perennial leader in the Global ...

Editor's Letter : Dear Reader

As Global Finance was going to press this month, revelations were emerging of serious misconduct in the US fund management industry...

Features : Central Banker Report Cards

IT’S BEEN A TUMULTUOUS YEAR for the world’s central bankers. There have been resignations, falls from grace, surprise appointments—and, of course, the usual economic crises to tackle. Given the circumstances, it may come as a surprise that the number of ...

Cover Story : World’s Best Banks 2003

AFTER WEATHERING TWO terrible years, the world’s banks must have been looking forward to a less tempestuous time in 2003. And that was what they got. Sure, there have been trouble spots in the past year, too, but most of ...

Features : The World’s Biggest Banks 2003

Global Finance ranks the world’s biggest 50 banks as measured by total assets. LAST YEAR WAS YET another tough one for the world’s biggest banks, and many of the top names saw their total assets fall over the year. The ...

Features : Mergers And Acquisitions: Betting On A Revival

Analysts are hoping that the long-awaited revival in the mergers and acquisitions market has finally begun. They might yet be disappointed. • By Dan Keeler The recent apparent rise in activity in the global mergers and acquisitions market has set ...

Features : Hopes Risor a Resurgence

Hopes Risor a Resurgence in the fe Mergers and Acquisitions Market Analysts are hoping that the long-awaited revival in the mergers and acquisitions market has finally begun. They might yet be disappointed. The recent apparent rise in activity in the ...

Editor's Letter : Dear Reader

In the post-Enron corporate clean-up frenzy, investors in US public companies have received a great deal of attention...

Cover story : Shaping Up

When companies choose to do the right thing—for whatever reasons—it’s good not just for their corporate souls but for their business, too. If it was a trend this time last year, it is a veritable frenzy this year.The growth in ...

Features : The End of the Affair?

The United States, for years the undisputed leader in attracting foreign direct investment, is facing the prospect that it may become an also-ran in the race to pull in investors’ cash. For nigh on a decade the United States has ...