2012

Personal Income Tax Rates

The OECD defines tax as a compulsory unrequited payment to the government. A taxable base is the base amount on which the tax rate is applied—such as corporate income, personal income, or property. One commonly used tool for comparing taxation ...

Largest Sovereign Funds (SWFs) – 2012 Ranking

A Sovereign Wealth Fund is a state-owned investment fund comprising financial assets such as stocks, bonds, real estate or other instruments and funded by foreign exchange assets. In the latest 2012 ranking, the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority tops the list ...

Outstanding OTC Derivatives Volumes 2009-2011

According to the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA), a derivative is a risk transfer agreement, the value of which is derived from the value of an underlying asset. More simply, a derivative is a contract between two parties where ...

Household Tax Rates

The tax wedge is the ratio of total labor taxes to total labor costs. It is often lower for families with children and single parents with children than for individuals or couples without children. The tax wedge has an impact ...

Trade Flows Little-Affected By Japan-China Dispute

Trade flows between China and Japan have not—yet—been materially affected by an ongoing territorial dispute, according to Sibos attendees. John Ahearn, global head of trade at Citi Transaction Services, said in an interview with Global Finance: “It is just saber-rattling. ...

SIBOS 2012

SWIFT AND EFFICIENT   By Denise Bedell   More companies than ever are now connecting directly to their banks and counterparties via the global SWIFT messaging system—970 corporates worldwide, at last count.   That figure may seem small, but these ...

Treasury & Cash Management Supplement

RISK CONVERGENCE   Unsurprisingly, risk is a key theme for our Seventh Annual Treasury & Cash Management supplement.   'Hurry up and wait' has been the prevailing message from global markets, and treasurers are responding in myriad ways to the ...

Cross-border M&A Deals Over US$3 Billion - 2011

Cross-border M&A deals involve companies based in two different countries. According to Thompson Reuters, these transactions had a worldwide value of US$908.4 billion in 2011 and comprised 35.3% of overall M&A activity . This means that they stayed flat compared ...

Internet Users By Country

Internet Users By Country

In 2011, the percentage of people using the Internet around the world continued to grow. The International Telecommunication Union calculated that, by the end of the year, approximately 2.3 billion people were online. Penetration in Europe, already the highest in ...

The Best Cities To Live in the World

The Best Cities To Live in the World

The Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Global Liveability Ranking and Report, August 2014 is a data driven ranking based on 30 qualitative and quantitative factors spread across five areas: stability, infrastructure, education, healthcare and environment.

Global Broadband Penetration Rates

Global Broadband Penetration Rates

According to the OECD, broadband penetration is measured by the number of broadband subscribers per 100 inhabitants. Broadband connections comprise both fixed and wireless services offering connectivity with download speeds greater than 256kbit/seconds. Fixed services include DSL, Cable and Fibre. ...

World’s Largest Companies

There are many different ways to measure the size of a company, each of which creates a different ranking of the world's largest companies. Global Finance presents three of the most renown, the Fortune Global 500 , the FT Global ...

Distribution of Population and Mortality

Distribution of Population and Mortality

Data on population size, population growth, life expectancy, fertility and child mortality rates offers insights into the health of countries around the world and, as such, into their people's chances and ability to prosper. Over the years, it can also ...

Value of Cross-border M&A by Sector and Industry

M&A activity in 2011 was driven by the Energy and Power sector, according to Thompson Reuters. This accounted for 19.8% of announced deals, both cross-border and not. The Financial and Materials sectors followed in second and third position, with 13.6% ...

Income Inequality and Wealth Distribution by Country

Income inequality and wealth distribution are two different concepts, in that income inequality focuses exclusively on the income side of the equation while wealth distribution looks at how the ownership of assets in a given society is shared among its ...

Value of Cross-border M&A by Region and Country

Data from Thompson Reuters show that cross-border M&A activity was valued at US$908.4 billion during full year 2011, accounting for 35.5% of total volume , approximately the same level as in 2010. Emerging markets comprised 25% of announced deals worldwide ...

Regional Focus: Southeast Asia

ASIAN PEARLS   By Denise Bedell   Three pearls of Southeast Asia are beginning to glow with their own unique luminescence. Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines are increasingly on the radar of international investors and corporations.   Red Hook, Brooklyn, ...

Roundtable: Philippines

UPWARD TRAJECTORY   Moderated By Denise Bedell   At a roundtable in Makati City, Manila, Global Finance brought together key banking and corporate figures in the Philippines to discuss how they are responding to the challenges they face in attracting ...

TCM Focus: Corporate Payments

CARD TRICKS   By Denise Bedell   Advanced card solutions are helping companies extend working capital cycles while improving suppliers' cash flow.   The drive to automate payments has been a long-term trend, pushed further by the global financial crisis ...

2011

Asian Infrastructure Finance Gets International Boost

MILESTONES: ASIA   by Denise Bedell   Charged up: Investment should enhance power grid Vietnam’s National Power Transmission Corporation (NPT) has launched a $200 million, 13-year infrastructure finance facility that demonstrates the growing enthusiasm among international investors for financing Asian ...

The World's Best Banks 2011

ANNUAL SURVEY: THE WORLD’S BEST BANKS 2011   By Gordon Platt, Antonio Guerrero, Anita Hawser and Denise Bedell   Growth Returns But Questions Linger For Banks   Banking systems in Asia and Latin America were among the first to recover ...

Analysis: Latin America Goes To Market

ANALYSIS: LATIN AMERICAN DEBT   By Denise Bedell   Latin America’s corporations are accessing both domestic and international debt capital markets as never before, and investors are happy to fund growth in the region.   Last year was a significant ...

US: Cash-Poor States Eye Corporate Tax Hikes

MILESTONES: UNITED STATES   By Denise Bedell   As budget season for US State and municipal authorities pushes into high gear, and as hedge funds and money managers begin touting the potential value of distressed municipal bonds,US-based corporations may find themselves ...

Social Change

TECHNOLOGY: BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE   By Denise Bedell   Mobile and social networking technologies are helping bring heavy-duty analytical capabilities to every level of a business.   Anyone who thought social networking was useful only for catching up with old school ...

Focus: Mobile Banking

MOBILE BANKING: CUTTING THE TIES THAT BIND   By Denise Bedell   Mobile technology could forever change the way that companies manage their physical and financial supply chains.   After years in development, mobile technology may be finally closing the ...

FX: Dollar Still Main Reserve Currency

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: FOREIGN EXCHANGE   By Denise Bedell   Contrary to some analysts' expectations, developing countries continue to view the US dollar as the reserve currency of choice, as evidenced by newly allocated official reserves of developing countries—even in ...

China: China Passes US In CleanTech Spend

MILESTONES: CHINA   By Denise Bedell   High energy: Government targets boost windpower With strong government backing and clear goals for increased capacity development, China is fast surpassing its counterparts in the West, including the US and Germany, in building ...

2010

Rise Of Integrated Expense Management

TOOLBOX: CORPORATE CREDIT CARDS   By Denise Bedell   Businesses discover the benefits of linking corporate card programs with other parts of the physical and financial supply chain.   As automated expense management solutions become ever more integrated with other ...