2003

Corporate Finance : Will Stronger US Economy Act as Parachute for Dollar?

THE AMERICAS The US dollar’s headlong plunge has suddenly slowed dramatically in response to better-thanexpected reports on the economy, including stabilization of the employment market and a 7.2% rise in third-quarter gross domestic product. The surge in US economic activity, ...

Milestones : Pfandbrief To Be Strengthened By Pending Legal Changes

GERMANY Moody’s Investors Service has updated its rating methodology of the Pfandbrief in anticipation of amendments to the German Mortgage Bank Act, which are expected to go into effect in January 2004. The Pfandbrief market, composed of debt secured against ...

Newsmakers : Is Greenspan Heading For His Second Bush Showdown?

UNITED STATES “Greenspan promised to be patient. But his patience run out at a bad time for President Bush.” Alan Greenspan is painting himself into a corner that could lead to a confrontation with the Bush administration as next year’s ...

Milestones : Caspian Oil And Pipeline Projects Get The Green Light

AZERBAIJAN The International Finance Corporation’s board has approved investments in two related Caspian oilfield and pipeline projects costing approximately $6.8 billion. The projects include the first-phase development of an oilfield off Azerbaijan in the Caspian Sea and the construction of ...

Cover Story : The Best Companies In Asia

ANNUAL SURVEY AIRLINES Singapore Airlines CEO: Chew Choon Seng It is a measure of Singapore Airlines’ strength that it took the SARS epidemic to cause it to post its firstever quarterly loss in the quarter that ended in June. The ...

Milestones : Will Statistical Fog Ground Bank Of England?

UNITED KINGDOM “It is worth asking whether the statistical fog enveloping the UK economy foreshadows stormy economic weather.” Mervyn King, Bank of England In a 1963 movie, “The VIPs,” starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, an elite group of British ...

Milestones : Islamic Bond Market Coming Of Age

QATAR The Middle Eastern nation of Qatar sold the biggest-ever Islamic bond in October, a $700 million, seven-year global offering that also set a record for the longest maturity for such an issue. The deal was increased in size from ...

Newsmakers : Markets Can’t Seem To Catch Snow’s Drift

UNITED STATES US treasury secretary John Snow stumbled into a storm in late October after suggesting to a British newspaper that US interest rates were headed higher. The treasury chief said Washington would welcome higher rates because they would underline ...

Milestones : Congress Takes Aim At Corporate Tax Cheats

UNITED STATES Frustrated by an Internal Revenue Service that cannot seem to catch corporate tax evaders and that fails to punish them when it does track them down, the US Senate Finance Committee held hearings in late October that highlighted ...

Newsmakers : New York Fed’s New Chief May Be The Man To Save The Dollar

UNITED STATES “Foreign exchange market participants are relieved to have somebody who understands their market in the second most powerful position at the Fed.” Timothy F. Geithner, the 42-year-old head of policy development at the International Monetary Fund, has had ...

Corporate Finance : Deutsche Bank Study Shows ADRs Boost Stock Prices

GLOBAL DEPOSITARY RECEIPTS EUROPE Deutsche Bank Study Shows ADRs Boost Stock Prices German blue-chip companies with American depositary receipt programs enjoy higher stock prices than similar companies without ADR programs, according to a study by Deutsche Bank’s Global Equity Services. ...

Corporate Finance : Canada’s Manulife Acquires John Hancock Financial

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS THE AMERICAS Canada’s Manulife Acquires John Hancock Financial The theory that bigger is better in financial services is spurring a wave of mergers in the industry.The latest example is Torontobased Manulife Financial’s all-stock takeover of Boston’s John ...

Milestones : Taking Note

CHINA/UNITED STATES RISING YUAN COULD GREASE DOLLAR’S SKIDS … The United States began throwing its weight around in China lastmonth, with treasury secretary John W. Snow making it clear to Chinese leaders that they need to change their policy of ...

Corporate Finance : Telecom Leads Parade Of Taiwan-Based Issuers

ASIA Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom raised $1.4 billion through a new issue of American depositary receipts in July, as the Taiwan government reduced its stake in the company. The issue sold out quickly, as investors were attracted by the relatively high ...

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 : Best Banks In Project Finance 2003

High energy prices could prove to be a tonic for a market that has been under the weather for the past few years. Global Finance selects the winners from a shrinking group of banks with the appetite to take on ...

Features : Euro Stumbles as Germany, Italy Slide Into Recession

EUROPE The euro’s slump against the US dollar and the Japanese yen may have further to run, as long as the global recovery remains on track, analysts say. Germany and Italy are technically in recession, after reporting two quarters in ...

Corporate Finance : Foreign Exchange

THE AMERICAS Psychology Shifts In Favor of Dollar There has been an impor-tant, if not yet seismic, shift in foreign exchange market psychology in favor of the US dollar, ana-lysts say. “The market appears more confident in a US recovery,” ...

Corporate Finance : Corporate Bonds

THE AMERICAS Rush to Refinance Debt Appears To Be Ending The decline in interest rates to 45-year lows in the first half of 2003 trig-gered a rush of corporate bond issuance that may detract from the volume of new issues ...

Features : Selecting a 401(k) Plan Provider

Selecting a 401(k) Plan Provider: Navigating the Maze There are thousands of 401(k) plan providers to choose from. The consequences of making the wrong choice can be painful. For US companies, a 401(k) plan is an important tool to attract ...

Corporate Finance : Mergers & Acquisitions

THE AMERICAS $6 Billion Merger Creates Third-Largest Biotech Firm IDEC Pharmaceuticals and Biogen agreed to merge in a $6 billion deal that will create the third-largest biotech company in the world. Biogen’s main drug is Avonex, which is used to ...

Corporate Finance : Global Depositary Receipts

THE AMERICAS Trading Volume Holds Up Through Issuance Slump The volume of depositary receipt trading on US mar-kets in the first half of 2003 edged above that in the same period of last year, even as the number of new ...

Corporate Finance :Companies Refinancing Bonds at Record Pace

THE AMERICAS Corporations with lessthan- perfect credit ratings are rushing to borrow in the US high-yield bond market to refinance outstanding issues at lower rates and to avoid using bank loans, analysts say. New-issuance volume soared to a monthly record ...

Corporate Finance :Us Dollar Policy Confusing At Best

THE AMERICAS The US administration’s assertion that its dollar policy remains unchanged did little to clarify exactly what that policy is, analysts say. President Bush’s comments in early June that the dollar was devalued inappropriately and that the administration’s policy ...

Features : Round Up Some Deals

Latin American Corporate Finance Teams Get Ready to Round Up Some Deals Corporate financing in Latin America is about to make a comeback, as deals that make strategic sense can’t be put off any longer, bankers say. Growing confidence in ...

Milestones : Taking Note

“Argentine government officials want to ensure they are insulated from short-term speculative flows of capital” —José M. Barrionuevo, Barclays UNITED STATES HERE COME THE EUROPEANS It’s hard to believe that it was just three years ago that Nasdaq swaggered over ...

Newsmakers : Trouble At The Landesbanken

GERMANY The departure in June of CEO Jürgen Sengera from WestLB raised as many questions as it answered about the future operations of Germany’s fifth-largest bank and the country’s entire system of state-owned regional banks, or Landesbanken. What started as ...

Newsmakers : Corporate Criminals Begin Drawing Jail Time

UNITED STATES June may be a good month for weddings and graduations, but this rainy June in the US Northeast was not a propitious period for executives charged with corporate wrongdoing. On June 10, Samuel Waksal, former ImClone Systems CEO, ...

Features : Best Sub-custodians In 2003

Global Finance selects the winners in a specialized area of finance—one that is often hidden to end-users of custody services. Sub-custodians form the bedrock of the custody business. They hold and process securities on behalf of other custodians and possess ...

Corporate Finance : Global Depositary Receipts

EUROPE Six Continents’ Split-Up Creates Two New ADRs Two new American depositary receipt programs were created in April as a result of the separation of Six Continents, the world’s largest hotel group, into two companies. Bank of New York was ...

Newsmakers : J.p.morgan Landmark Sold

United states “The Tax Meagiure could attract $300 billion back into the US economy” 23 Wall Street in 1914 … When the Morgan bank building was completed in 1914 at the southeast corner of Wall Street and Broad Street, it ...

Features : Hotel Outsourcing Helps Close the Financing Gap

The separation of hotel brands and ownership of properties is enabling the lodging industry to entice investors to cough up money for expansion and development. Tough economic times have spawned a fundamental change in the way the hotel industry operates. ...

Corporate Finance : Low US Interest Rates Spur Dollar Bears

THE AMERICAS The US dollar plummeted to a four-year low against the euro in early May, giving foreign investors little incentive to chase paltry US returns on investments that could be further eroded by a declining greenback, analysts say. “The ...

Corporate Finance : Hong Kong’s Peg Could Come Loose

ASIA Hong Kong’s budget deficit keeps getting bigger, while deflation has been consistently underestimated, analysts say. The special administrative region’s fiscal reserves have fallen by 30% from their peak in 2001 and are likely to drop another 15% in 2003, ...

Corporate Finance : Russia’s Oil Revenue Supports the Ruble

EUROPE The ruble crisis seems like a distant memory. In August 1998, the Russian central bank threw in the towel.With the ruble under severe downward pressure, the central bank suspended trading of rubles for US dollars to conserve the country’s ...

Corporate Finance : Market Extends Gains To Sixth Month in Row

THE AMERICAS US corporate bonds extended their bull-market run to a sixth consecutive month in April, with highyielding issues leading the advance. Corporate spreads tightened by 30 basis points versus US Treasury securities during the month, according to Wei Wang, ...

Newsmakers : Foreign Exchange Market’s New Bedfellows

UNITED STATES/UNITED KINGDOM “Access to Bloomberg’s 170,000 desk-top machines will dramatically increase our reach.” —Bill Moran, EBS Bill Moran EBS, the global bank partnership that handles $90 billion a day in spot foreign exchange trades,wants to expand beyond the inter-bank ...

Corporate Finance : Dollar Appears Vulnerable To Weak US Economy

THE AMERICAS While war news out of Iraq was the main determinant of currency movements in April, the US dollar could resume falling once the focus of market participants inevitably returns to economic fundamentals, analysts say. “The dollar is in ...

Corporate Finance : High-Yield Funds Attracting Investors

THE AMERICAS Mutual funds that invest in high-yield bonds returned 5.4% on average in the first quarter of 2003, continuing a winning streak that began late last year, according to New Yorkbased Standard & Poor’s. “Junk bonds have been helped ...

Corporate Finance : 3DM Worldwide Issues ADRs Instead of Listing on Nasdaq

EUROPE UK-based 3DM Worldwide, which develops patents for the plastics industry and manages businesses in the Kyrgyz Republic, issued American depositary receipts in the over-the-counter market. The company’s US subsidiary, Detroit, Michiganbased 3DM Technologies, had proposed seeking a listing on ...