2014

Smooth Move: Equity Derivs Offset Risk

MARKET FOCUS   By Jonathan Gregson   Equity derivatives are no longer the preserve of hedge funds. Institutional investors and corporates are increasingly using them to offset risk and manage share buybacks.   Equity derivatives markets emerged from their post-financial-crisis doldrums and saw ...

2013

Cover Story: World’s Best Banks 2013

TECHNOLOGY IS THE TRUMP CARD By Jonathan Gregson, Antonio Guerrero, Anita Hawser, Gordon Platt and Michael Shari Global Finance unveils its annual list of the best banks globally, regionally and by country. The winners have all demonstrated dedication to satisfying ...

World's Best Banks 2013: Europe

By Thomas Clouse, Jonathan Gregson, Antonio Guerrero & Gordon Platt

TOUGH TIMES CONTINUE IN EUROPE

Europe remains mired in recession. Apart from Germany and the Nordics, major European economies are either flatlining or, as among the southern peripherals, contracting further as ...

World's Best Banks 2013: Africa

By Thomas Clouse, Jonathan Gregson, Antonio Guerrero & Gordon Platt

MOBILE BANKING STIMULATES ECONOMIC GROWTH IN AFRICA

Africa is one of the fastest-growing markets in the world for mobile payments. Money transfers using mobile phones will exceed $200 billion in the ...

World's Best Banks 2013: Middle East

By Thomas Clouse, Jonathan Gregson, Antonio Guerrero & Gordon Platt

CONSERVATIVE LENDING AND RECORD EARNINGS IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Many of the largest banks in the Middle East posted record earnings in 2012, as they continued to pursue conservative lending policies ...

World's Best Banks 2013: Latin America

By Thomas Clouse, Jonathan Gregson, Antonio Guerrero & Gordon Platt

LOCAL BANKS INCREASE MARKET SHARE

While European banks have dominated Latin America’s banking sector for more than a decade, their stronghold has recently weakened. Some have sold local assets to ...

World's Best Banks 2013: Asia

By Thomas Clouse, Jonathan Gregson, Antonio Guerrero & Gordon Platt

REGIONAL ECONOMY ON SOLID GROWTH PATH

Asia’s regional economy continues to grow steadily, despite the tepid recovery in the United States and sovereign debt issues in Europe. The region’s ...

2012

World’s Best Banks 2012: Regional Winners

By Gordon Platt, Thomas Clouse, Jonathan Gregson & Antonio Guerrero

Regional Winners

BEST BANK IN NORTH AMERICA

JPMorgan Chase


JPMorgan Chase is the top US bank by assets. “For America’s largest companies, we raised or lent over $720 billion of ...

World’s Best Banks 2012: Global Winners

By Gordon Platt, Thomas Clouse, Jonathan Gregson & Antonio Guerrero

Global Winners

BEST CORPORATE BANK

Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Bank, the largest bank in Germany, is a leading global corporate and investment bank and has long been the top foreign exchange bank ...

World’s Best Banks 2012: Middle East

By Thomas Clouse, Jonathan Gregson, Antonio Guerrero & Gordon Platt

MIDDLE EAST

The oil-exporting countries of the Middle East are enjoying strong economic growth, whereas countries that experienced political uprisings during the Arab Spring of 2011 are struggling to get back ...

World’s Best Banks 2012: Africa

By Thomas Clouse, Jonathan Gregson, Antonio Guerrero & Gordon Platt

AFRICA

Not only is Africa rich in natural resources, but it also offers the promise of fast economic growth in a number of countries, and a population lacking basic banking services ...

World’s Best Banks 2012: North America

By Thomas Clouse, Jonathan Gregson, Antonio Guerrero & Gordon Platt

NORTH AMERICA

North America’s banks are well along the road to recovery from the financial crisis, amid signs of improvement in the US and Canadian economies. The Federal Deposit Insurance ...

World’s Best Banks 2012: Asia

By Thomas Clouse, Jonathan Gregson, Antonio Guerrero & Gordon Platt

ASIA

Asia has provided one of the few bright spots in the global economy in recent years. The region rebounded quickly from the global financial crisis and has thus far avoided ...

World’s Best Banks 2012: Latin America

By Thomas Clouse, Jonathan Gregson, Antonio Guerrero & Gordon Platt

LATIN AMERICA

With its developing middle class, the region’s growing consumer sector helped banks to continue posting healthy returns last year. Banking sector assets and profits were up throughout the ...

World’s Best Banks 2012: Europe

By Thomas Clouse, Jonathan Gregson, Antonio Guerrero & Gordon Platt

EUROPE

Europe’s banks are being pulled in two directions. Governments want them to lend more, especially to small- and medium-size enterprises, while European and national regulators require them to strengthen ...

2011

EM Regional Review: Africa

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AT A CROSSROADS


By Jonathan Gregson

Africa is at the cusp of major change. Whether that change involves greater economic growth and an improved standard of living depends on both internal and external events over the next few years.

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The ...

Regional Report: Central Eastern Europe

WAITING ON EUROLAND

By Jonathan Gregson

The benefits of joining the eurozone are not as clear as they once were for countries in Central and Eastern Europe.

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The countries of Central Europe have long shaken off their former status as ...

Where East Meets West

FOCUS: CEE KAZAKHSTAN

By Jonathan Gregson

Kazakhstan’s bold recovery plan and its efforts to stabilize its financial sector are paying off as the country establishes itself as a regional hub.

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If any country fits the broad concept of Eurasia ...

Hot Commodities

CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPE: COMMODITIES CRUNCH

By Jonathan Gregson

Soaring commodities prices are changing the economic balance of Central & Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

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Faltering growth in some of the world’s biggest economies may be grabbing the headlines, but it ...

Regional Focus: East Africa

EAST AFRICA: SUDAN SPLIT RESHAPES EAST AFRICA’S ECONOMY

By Jonathan Gregson

As Sudan prepares to divide into two countries, plans are already under way to help the South develop its substantial oil reserves.

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Unless there is a major mishap ...

Poland: Consolidation Looms In Banking Industry

NEWSMAKERS: POLAND

By Jonathan Gregson

Not only does Poland stand alone within the European Union in having delivered GDP growth through every quarter since 2008, but its intrinsically conservative banking system survived the crisis well.

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Jagiełło: Looking to buy

That ...

2010

Emerging Markets Focus: Africa

COVER STORY: SEA CHANGE

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By Jonathan Gregson


Africa's economic prospects have never been better.

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Fifty years after British prime minister Harold Macmillan spoke of a wind of change sweeping across the African continent, the sort of development he envisaged ...

FX: The Rising Euro

RALLY CAUSES CONCERN AMONG EXPORTERS

By Jonathan Gregson

After a year in the doldrums, the euro's rise has caught many by surprise.

Europe currently looks like the unintended fall guy amidst the beggar-thy-neighbor round of central bank interventions in ...

Slow Recovery

EM REGIONAL BANKING FOCUS: CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPE

By Jonathan Gregson

Hit hard during the financial crisis, Central and Eastern Europe's banking sector is still fragile and vulnerable to external shocks.


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During the boom times of the past decade, Central ...

Shifting Sands

EM REGIONAL BANKING FOCUS: MIDDLE EAST

By Jonathan Gregson

Many banks in the Middle East are still suffering the after-effects of the global financial crisis.

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Over the past decade the Middle East's banking sector has become one of the ...

Hitting a Wall of Debt

COVER STORY: CORPORATE DEBT

A gargantuan wall of debt coming due over the next few years could impede all but the highest-rated corporations’ efforts to refinance their debt.

By Jonathan Gregson

Just as the United States and other developed economies ...

Newsmakers: London Legend's China Gamble Sparks Controversy

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By Jonathan Gregson

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Bolton: China is in an investment “sweet spot”

Not so very long ago, City of London folk looked down their noses at those bankers, entrepreneurs and businessmen who sought their fortunes in the ...

2009

Cover Story: The Power Of Hope

President Obama's determination to do "whatever it takes" to rebuild the economy appears to be paying off. But it is his actions across the whole range of policy initiatives that will have the greatest impact on global corporations.

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Features : Eastern Promise

CHINA AND INDIA

As the global economy continues to struggle, many are hoping China and India will save the world from a synchronized dive into recession.


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Growth industry: India's call center business is flourishing.

As the United States and ...

2008

Features : Power Play

ANALYSIS / RUSSIA’S GEORGIA GAMBIT


Russia’s recent assault on Georgia raises some scary prospects for European nations dependent on energy supplies from West Asia.

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Double act: Vladimir Putin passed the presidency to Dmitry Medvedev but still retains much power ...

Milestones : Russia Gambit Sends Clear Message To West

GEORGIA


Few in the oil industry doubt that the Russia-Georgia conflict is as much about tightening the squeeze on oil and gas supply to the West as it is about protecting minorities in South Ossetia and Abkazia, or about Russia ...

Cover Story: India Vs China

THE ELEPHANT AND THE DRAGON

Often uneasy neighbors and fierce competitors, India and China are finding ways to cooperate as their influence on the global economy grows.

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India's prime minister Manmohan Singh and China's premier Wen Jiao Bao ...

2007

Features : Changing The Game

SOVEREIGN WEALTH FUNDS

With sovereign wealth funds rapidly becoming one of the most powerful forces in global finance, one key question has emerged: Should they be feared or revered?



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Cover Story : Trying Times

THE WORLD BANK

The World Bank’s struggle to redefine its role in a globalized economy has raised a fundamental question: Do we really need a World Bank?


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2005

Features : Regional Report: The Middle East

Awash With Liquidity
Skyrocketing oil prices have brought a flood of liquidity into the Middle East, providing vast opportunities for fleet-footed investors and financial institutions.



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The near doubling of crude oil prices over the past 18 months has generated enormous ...

Features : Regional Report: Central and Eastern Europe

Entry Strategy
Prospective future entrants to the EU have been watching with interest the progress of the 10 countries that joined the union a year ago.



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A year has passed since the European Union’s enlargement of May 2004 when ...