2013

FX: Dollar In Long-Term Bull Trend

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: FOREIGN EXCHANGE By Gordon Platt The dollar has been in a long-term declining trend against the major currencies for nearly a decade, losing about 40% in value, but analysts say it is no longer weakening in periods ...

Middle East 2013: Seeking Unity On GCC

SEEKING UNITY By Gordon Platt GCC members continue to pay lip service to economic and political union, but experts say much more needs to be done on the military, security and development fronts before that can happen. Photo Credits: DR ...

Middle East 2013: Transition Economies

DEFYING EXPECTATIONS By Gordon Platt For many, the Arab Spring symbolizes years of painful economic and political reforms ahead. But financial institutions are upbeat about the region’s prospects, noting that markets such as Iraq and Libya continue to outperform. The ...

Equity: Rising Stock Market Fires Up IPOs

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: GLOBAL EQUITY/DRS By Gordon Platt A rising tide lifts all ships, and the bull market in stocks is enabling a number of technology and housing-related companies, particularly in the US, to float initial public offerings. Total IPO ...

Equity: BRICs To Lead DRs In 2013

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: GLOBAL EQUITY/DRS By Gordon Platt Companies based in emerging markets will continue to rely on depositary receipts as an important means of financing their growth in 2013, taking advantage of continued global investor interest in the fast-growing ...

Debt: Distressed Corp Deals Decline

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: CORPORATE DEBT By Gordon Platt Distressed debt and bankruptcy restructurings completed in 2012 more than doubled from 2011 to $423 billion, according to Thomson Reuters. Excluding Greece’s record $263 billion debt-exchange transaction, however, produces a very different ...

Middle East Investment Banking

SIGNS OF RESILIENCE By Gordon Platt In spite of poor global economic and investment conditions, Middle Eastern investment banking looks set for another solid year in 2013. The outlook for investment banking in the volatile Middle East region is surprisingly ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: Middle East

DUBAI SEEKS ROLE AS CAPITAL OF ISLAMIC ECONOMY By Gordon Platt Dubai plans to become the capital of the Islamic economy by setting global standards. In addition to promoting Islamic finance and insurance, the emirate wants to arbitrate Islamic contracts ...

M&A: Energy, Resources Deals Heat Up

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS By Gordon Platt Pipeline deals, shale-energy plays and natural resources transactions—often involving Asian buyers—provided an energetic start to mergers and acquisitions in 2013. The overall January deal totals for the Americas and Europe surpassed ...

FX: Economic Woes To Constrain Euro

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: FOREIGN EXCHANGE By Gordon Platt The euro was the star of the major currencies in January, as it soared to a 14-month high against the dollar and a 33-month high against the Japanese yen. Its strength reflects ...

Trade Finance: Global Winners

By Gordon Platt GLOBAL WINNERS BEST TRADE FINANCE PROGRAM International Finance Corporation (IFC) IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, offers programs that focus on supporting trade in areas that have the greatest impact on the poor. Georgina Baker, ...

Equity: Global IPO Market Shrinks

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: GLOBAL EQUITY / DRS By Gordon Platt Global initial public offerings declined 29% in 2012 to $117 billion, reflecting steep declines in IPO issuance in Hong Kong and China, according to Thomson Reuters. On an encouraging note, ...

M&A: Record Spin-Offs Boost Global M&A

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS By Gordon Platt Thanks in large part to record levels of spin-offs and divestitures, global mergers and acquisitions achieved a 2% gain in 2012 to $2.6 trillion, according to Thomson Reuters. Spin-offs and divestitures ...

FX: Central Banks Key To 2013 FX Moves

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: FOREIGN EXCHANGE By Gordon Platt Central bank policies could create some interesting opportunities in the foreign exchange markets in 2013, despite what could be a slow-growth environment, analysts say. “We expect the newly elected Japanese government to ...

Awards: Trade Finance

EMBRACING THE MODERN ERA By Gordon Platt Global Finance presents the winners of its annual trade finance providers awards, incorporating the results of our first-ever trade finance readers’ survey. The ancient business of financing trade is now firmly positioned within ...

Trade Finance: Regional Winners

By Gordon Platt REGIONAL WINNERS AMERICAS Citi With its extensive presence in the US, Canada and Latin America, Citi is the largest service provider for private-labeled letters of credit and open account transactions. The bank’s global footprint enables it to ...

Debt: Companies Rush To Issue Bonds

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: CORPORATE DEBT By Gordon Platt Those investors reaching for higher yields in a low-interest-rate environment propelled bond markets around the world to new highs in 2012, but analysts don’t expect the party to continue forever. The Federal ...

Best FX Providers: Regional Winners

By Gordon Platt BEST FOREIGN EXCHANGE PROVIDERS: REGIONAL WINNER NORTH AMERICA Citi Citi’s foreign exchange operations, CitiFX, had a very good year in 2012, which marked the bank’s 200th anniversary. Its FX volume continued to expand rapidly, and it gained ...

M&A: A Return To The Fast Lane For M&A

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS By Gordon Platt Mergers and acquisitions could gain traction in 2013, following a disappointing year for dealmaking activity in 2012. Although the global economic outlook remains clouded, there are plenty of bright spots, analysts ...

Best FX Providers: Best Online Foreign Exchange Trading Systems

By Gordon Platt BEST ONLINE FOREIGN EXCHANGE TRADING SYSTEMS BANK SYSTEM Deutsche Bank’s Autobahn Deutsche Bank introduced a new version of its Autobahn trading system in July 2012 that allows customers to keep track of all of their trades in ...

Debt: Positive Bond Returns In 2013

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: CORPORATE DEBT By Gordon Platt Analysts expect another year of positive returns for the fixed-income markets in 2013, although gains will be harder to com e by than in 2012, owing to narrower spreads. Emerging markets corporate ...

Best FX Providers: Research & Analysis

By Gordon Platt Best Foreign Exchange Research & Analysis RESEARCH BNY Mellon BNY Mellon, one of the largest foreign exchange dealers in the US, trades more than $42 billion in the FX market on an average day. The bank’s 10 ...

Equity: China, LatAm Could Boost IPOs

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: GLOBAL EQUITY / DRS By Gordon Platt After declining sharply in 2012, initial public offerings could stage a turnround in the new year, say analysts, with China and Latin America leading the issuance. The number of global ...

Annual Awards: Best FX Providers 2013

THE BIG GET BIGGER By Gordon Platt The biggest FX banks are increasing their share of a shrinking market, amid low volatility and despite a speed bump for high-frequency traders. As global interest rates converge at a low level and ...

Best FX Providers: Global Winners

By Gordon Platt BEST FOREIGN EXCHANGE PROVIDERS: GLOBAL WINNER Deutsche Bank Deutsche Bank increased its market-leading FX volume in 2012, at the same time that it reduced value-at-risk and headcount. Crucial to this development has been its investment in technology, ...

FX: Yen’s Fall Awakens FX Market

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: FOREIGN EXCHANGE By Gordon Platt The yen took a nasty tumble last month, shaking the sleepy foreign exchange market out of a long slumber. While the attention of market participants was focused on the European debt crisis ...

Fed Prepares To Clamp Down On Foreign Banks

MILESTONES: US/GLOBAL By Gordon Platt The US Federal Reserve wants foreign banks with large operations in the US to be subject to the same rules on capital and liquidity that apply to big US banks. Tarullo wants foreign banks with ...

2012

FX: Positive US Economy Boosts Dollar

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: FOREIGN EXCHANGE By Gordon Platt A batch of better-than-expected US economic data, including nonfarm payrolls and housing prices, gave the dollar a lift last month. Analysts said the signs of strength diminished the need for the Federal ...

Debt: AbbVie Launches Big Bond Deal

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: CORPORATE DEBT By Gordon Platt Pent-up demand following a shutdown for Hurricane Sandy combined with near-record-low interest rates to release a torrent of new corporate bond issues in early November. AbbVie, the pharmaceutical unit of Abbott Laboratories, ...

Emerging Markets Review: Middle East Oil Glut

OIL GLUT By Gordon Platt High oil prices have enabled the Middle East’s major oil producers to finance infrastructure investments despite the global slowdown. But the jig might soon be up. With its massive inflow of oil-export earnings, the Middle ...

Global Risk Management Providers 2012: Learning To Like Vanilla

LEARNING TO LIKE VANILLA By Gordon Platt Global Finance presents its annual awards highlighting the best global derivatives providers. Reform and regulation of the derivatives markets is having a major impact on the functioning of the industry and the types ...

DRs: Huge Pipeline For Asian IPOs

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: GLOBAL EQUITY / DRS By Gordon Platt The Asian markets accounted for 76% of global funds raised in initial public offerings in the third quarter of 2012, and there are more than 200 Asian companies in the ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: Middle East

BEARING GIFTS, QATAR’S EMIR VISITS GAZA By Gordon Platt Qatar’s emir pledged $400 million to rebuild and modernize the Gaza Strip, in the first visit by a head of state to the Palestinian enclave since a military offensive by Israel ...

M&A: Spectrum Demand Spurs Telco Deals

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS By Gordon Platt Mobile telecom service providers are making a mad dash for broadband spectrum by acquiring competitors, in a modern-day version of the Oklahoma land rush of 1889. T-Mobile USA, owned by Deutsche ...

Reader’s Comments

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Polls and Stats: Emerging Markets Lead Higher Education Grads

Tertiary Degree Graduates Aged 25-34 (in millions) Tertiary Degrees By Percentage of OECD And G20 Total * OECD estimate based on the same average annual growth rate as that observed between 2000 and 2009 + Germany and France ...

Newsmaker: Citi’s New Chief Executive Talks Resource Allocation

NEWSMAKERS: UNITED STATES By Gordon Platt CEO Michael Corbat aims to restore Citi’s prestige—and boost its dividend—by operating with extreme efficiency and producing sustainable profits. Corbat’s selection to head Citi was a surprise to many How he will effect that ...

DRs: Russia, Mexico Depositary Receipts

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: GLOBAL EQUITY/DRS By Gordon Platt Sberbank, Russia’s largest bank, raised $5 billion in a secondary share sale in London and Moscow in September that had been delayed for more than a year because of unfavorable market conditions. ...

FX Supplement: The Renminbi As A Reserve Currency

THE RENMINBI GOES GLOBAL By Gordon Platt Pressure from BRIC countries for a new international reserve currency to replace the dollar is growing. China, the world’s leading trading nation, would like to reap some of the benefits and prestige the ...

FX Supplement: Who’s Who In Foreign Exchange

WHO’S WHO By Gordon Platt Global Finance ’s annual list of Who’s Who in Foreign Exchange Mohamed El Aroussi Arab African International Bank Chief dealer and head of FX desk El Aroussi, chief dealer at Arab African International Bank, has ...

Newsmaker: Bermuda Premier Seeks Piece Of Islamic Finance Pie

NEWSMAKERS: BERMUDA By Gordon Platt Paula Cox, Bermuda’s premier and minister of finance, shared the stage with former US president Bill Clinton in New York in September at the C3 Summit, a conference designed to promote relations between business people ...

FX Supplement: FX Market Overview

FX EXCELS WHILE OTHER ASSETS FALTER By Gordon Platt The FX markets are evolving: Trade and currency internationalization, and the shift toward exchanges, will further this process. Foreign exchange has proven itself as a separate asset class that can generate ...

M&A: European Defense Merger Called Off

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS By Gordon Platt A proposed $45 billion merger of European aerospace group EADS with UK defense operator BAE Systems fell apart last month just ahead of a regulatory deadline to close the deal. Talks ...

Debt: Central Banks Aid Corporate Rally

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: CORPORATE DEBT By Gordon Platt Corporate debt issuance soared and yields on high-yield as well as investment-grade bonds fell to record lows in September after the European Central Bank (ECB) and the US Federal Reserve moved aggressively ...

FX Supplement: Introduction: Uncertainty Reigns

UNCERTAINTY REIGNS The foreign exchange market is going through a period of significant change on multiple fronts. New regulations introduced in the wake of the financial crisis will redefine users of foreign exchange services and divide the market into two ...

Central Banker Report Cards 2012: Asia-Pacific

By Gordon Platt, Antonio Guerrero and Anita Hawser ASIA-PACIFIC AUSTRALIA Glenn Stevens Grade: A Stevens has his hands full managing an economy with booming mining and financial sectors and weakness elsewhere. So far, he has managed to keep the overall ...