2007

Features : Mobile Freedom

FINANCIAL SOFTWARE / CASH MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS A new generation of mobile technology promises to bring comprehensive remote access to corporate finance systems for executives on the road. For many companies, mobile phones, PDAs and other mobile devices such as BlackJacks ...

Milestones : Interest Rates Hobble Spanish Businesses

SPAIN Spanish companies, which have been on a huge buying and expansion kick fueled by a strong domestic economy, face growing funding concerns as European Central Bank rate hikes look set to continue. As the economy is slowing, companies in ...

Features : Money Games

TRENDS / VIRTUAL CURRENCIES As virtual communities come of age, the corporate world is just beginning to grasp the potential opportunities they present—and the phenomenal disruptive influence they might have on global commerce. Grand designs: Banking group INGhas invested heavily ...

Milestones : Hsbc Mortgage Debacle May Herald Market Meltdown

UNITED STATES When HSBC announced that it will take a higher-than-expected charge on bad debts for 2006 as a result of the growing bankruptcy rates in the US sub-prime mortgage market, it sent a shockwave through the market. The $10.5 ...

Milestones : Regulators Close In On Private Equity

UNITED STATES / EUROPE Tony James, president of the Blackstone Group Plagued by competition and antitrust investigations on both sides of the Atlantic but still the darling of the bond markets, private equity firms are facing an uncertain future. In ...

Cover Story : Driving Efficiency

Centralizing treasury and finance functions is an ever more popular way for companies to reduce costs, improve investment strategies and control risks. With increasing trends toward globalization, automation and standardization, more and more companies are centralizing their treasury and finance ...

Cover Story : Fast Forward

In the world of cash forecasting, change is accelerating as more and more companies look to improve forecasting in order to better manage liquidity. When Global Finance launched 20 years ago, cash forecasting was in its infancy. There was little ...

Milestones : Russia - Gazprom Wins Sakhalin-2 Skirmish

RUSSIA Sakhalin-2: Project is weighed down with a host of problems After a drawn-out scuffle, the story of Royal Dutch Shell and Russian state-owned oil company Gazprom is finally reaching a close, with Gazprom getting rights to a minimum 50% ...

Milestones : Banks Work For Consistent Regulations

UNITED STATES Wuffli: Initiative will complement other discussions taking place Reflecting the growing anxiety over the complexity and inconsistency of various global regulatory frameworks, a group of financial heavyweights has joined forces in an attempt to streamline global regulation. Under ...

Features : Canada Shrugs Off Us Market Jitters

Canada Shrugs Off Us Market Jitters With strong macro fundamentals and limited impact as yet from the slowing US economy, most analysts see strong prospects for Canada in the coming year The Canadian market, although subject to the cyclical nature ...

2006

Features : Transition Managers Become The Norm

Corporate toolbox / transition management The need for greater transparency and clearer profits is pushing pension funds to look for specialists to handle the delicate work of managing a shift of assets. Pension funds face a changing world. With greater ...

Features : New Avenues For Growth

REGIONAL REPORT / NORDIC BANKING Facing increasing competition, banks within the Nordic region are looking to new products and new markets to maintain growth. The Nordic banking market is on a roll. With strong and stable economies across the board ...

Milestones : Banker Bags Peace Prize

BANGLADESH/NORWAY Yunus developed Microcredit while working as an economist in Bangladesh Norway’s Nobel Institute broke with tradition in October when, for the first time ever, it awarded its coveted Nobel Peace Prize to a banker and a financial institution. Grameen ...

Features: Turkey Weathers Storm And Comes Out Strong

COUNTRY REPORT/TURKEY With a solid reform program that remains on track and a strong privatization program in the works, Turkey is a choice destination for those investors looking to pick up assets. When investors fled for safety from emerging markets ...

Features : Sector Report/Trade Finance: Trading In Sophistication

SECTOR REPORT / TRADE FINANCE Companies craving increased flexibility and efficiency in their financial supply chains are finding technology can provide the key. As trading relationships become more complex and the Internet enables greater trade, companies are looking for better ...

TCM Guide : Future Perfect

Cashflow Forecasting With both regulatory and market forces demanding more effective and transparent use of cash, treasurers are under increasing pressure to improve—and speed up— cashflow forecasting. There are many forces at work on any corporate treasury, both internal and ...

Features : Emerging Markets Welcome ETFs Boom

EXCHANGE-TRADED FUNDS Emerging market ETFs are coming into their own as an investment tool. The reason? They provide increased opportunities for both the investor and the underlying market. As emerging market equities become an increasingly important part of the portfolio ...

Features : Growing Opportunities Emerge In Africa

Economic growth is on the rise in many African countries and a new partnership between big business and governments is set to improve the investment climate. According to Tanweer Akram, senior economist at Moody's economy.com, doing business in Africa presents ...

Features : Country Report: Kazakhstan

Eastern promise Kazakhstan’s abundant natural resources and stable political environment have made it a favorite among international investors. With a strong economy, a highly stable political environment and a history of sensible economic reforms and conservative fiscal policies, Kazakhstan is ...

Cover Story : Investment Magnet Loses Its Pull

Political uncertainty and a slowing privatization plan are threatening to dim Poland’s appeal to foreign investors. Corporate and capital market investors contemplating a leap into central Europe have long looked to Poland as a first port of call. But while ...

Features : Financial Software: Risk Management

Corporations are increasingly turning to technology solutions that help them manage risks across the entire organization. The world is changing dramatically, and transparency and management of risks across an organization is absolutely necessary. With more and more responsibility for this ...

Features : Country Focus: Mexico

Despite uncertainty over the likely result of Mexico’s impending election, financial markets are showing remarkable stability. It’s a sign of their newfound resilience. Mexico is known for its banking and financial systems. The country has one of the most advanced ...

2005

Features : Technology: Finding the Right IT Strategy

Determining what style of IT management is right for an organization can be complex. Although centralization offers many benefits, it does not always offer the necessary flexibility. With the speed of technological development, the desire to drive greater efficiency through ...

Features : Turkey: The Investment Magnet

With most first-tier banking assets now sold off, foreign investors are looking to second-tier banks, privatization plans and the corporate market for further investment in Turkey. Investor interest in Turkey continues to grow rapidly in the run-up to EU accession ...

Features : Made-to-measure Finance Solutions

Buying a custom-built finance solution, or commissioning tailor-made add-ons to existing systems, are increasingly real alternatives to buying out of the box. Getting a custom-built baby is not just the domain of Harley-Davidson aficionados. Nowadays it is also all the ...

Features : Voicing Approval

Already recognized as a key element of any CRM strategy, speech recognition technology is only set to grow in popularity as prices come down and products become increasingly sophisticated. Speech recognition software is best known for its presence in the ...

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