Magazine Cover

Cover Story

Cover Story : From Bust To Boom

Middle East Lebanon’s banks are spreading their wings as they push for more growth in the Middle East’s key markets. Banks in downtown Beirut: Lebanon's financial institutions are expanding through the region. While the banking sector remains the backbone of ...

Cover Story : Secondary Development

Middle East As Islamic bonds become more popular, banks are creating a viable secondary market. Emirates Islamic Bank: Reaping the benefits of a surge in business. Asurge in the issuance of sukuk, or Islamic bonds, and growing demand from global ...

Cover Story: Let the good times roll

The Middle East Prudent investment of vastly increased oil revenues and a determination to build stable financial foundations are helping transform the Middle East into one of the world’s most vibrant economic areas. The DIFC in Dubai: One of the ...

Features

Features : Awards: Best Developed Markets Banks

WORLD’S BEST DEVELOPED MARKETS BANKS 2008 BEST DEVELOPED MARKETS BANKS Global Finance unveils its annual list of the best banks in developed markets around the world. The past year has been one of the most tumultuous in recent memory for ...

Features : Fighting Frausters From Winthin

ONLINE FRAUD New technologies and greater understanding of the mechanics of online fraud are helping corporations beat the bad guys. The 2002 film “Catch Me If You Can” was based loosely on a book penned by Frank William Abagnale Jr., ...

Features : Turkish Banking And Finance Roundtable 2008

SPONSORED ROUNDTABLE At a roundtable in Istanbul, Global Finance brought together Turkey’s central banker and other leading figures to discuss the prospects for the country’s economy. GLOBAL FINANCE: The Turkish government seems to be redoubling its efforts to join the ...

Features: Growth interrupted

COUNTRY REPORT: SOUTH AFRICA Flagging global growth, an ongoing energy shortage and increasing wage and inflation pressures are weighing heavily on South Africa’s economy. In a hole: South Africa's mining industry has been badly affected by recent power cuts. South ...

Award Winners

Features : Awards: Best Developed Markets Banks

WORLD’S BEST DEVELOPED MARKETS BANKS 2008 BEST DEVELOPED MARKETS BANKS Global Finance unveils its annual list of the best banks in developed markets around the world. The past year has been one of the most tumultuous in recent memory for ...

Emerging Markets Roundup

Cover Story : From Bust To Boom

Middle East Lebanon’s banks are spreading their wings as they push for more growth in the Middle East’s key markets. Banks in downtown Beirut: Lebanon's financial institutions are expanding through the region. While the banking sector remains the backbone of ...

Cover Story: Let the good times roll

The Middle East Prudent investment of vastly increased oil revenues and a determination to build stable financial foundations are helping transform the Middle East into one of the world’s most vibrant economic areas. The DIFC in Dubai: One of the ...

Features : Turkish Banking And Finance Roundtable 2008

SPONSORED ROUNDTABLE At a roundtable in Istanbul, Global Finance brought together Turkey’s central banker and other leading figures to discuss the prospects for the country’s economy. GLOBAL FINANCE: The Turkish government seems to be redoubling its efforts to join the ...

Corporate Finance: Latin American Currencies Heat Up

Foreign Exchange CURRENCY FORECASTS Latin America has experienced its share of currency crises in recent decades, but for the past few years the region’s currencies have continued to go from strength to strength. “Latin American currencies are on fire,” says ...

Emerging Markets : Issuers Seek To Repurchase Their Foreign Bonds

India ICICI Bank: One of the Indian banks repurchasing bonds. Indian banks and corporate bond issuers in international markets are taking advantage of the widening credit spreads and tightening liquidity conditions in global bond markets by seeking to repurchase their ...

Emerging Markets : Net Benfits

Brazil President Lula: Basking in Brazil's new net creditor status. After holding its ranking as the world’s largest emerging markets debtor for several decades, Brazil in January became a net foreign creditor for the first time ever, with international reserves ...

Emerging Markets : Stock Slide Hits Ipo Plans

China Chinese students prepare for this summer's Olympics in Beijing. China will more strictly examine applications from listed companies to issue new shares on domestic capital markets, the China Securities Regulatory Commission announced after the Shanghai Composite Index hit its ...

Best Developed Market Banks

Features : Awards: Best Developed Markets Banks

WORLD’S BEST DEVELOPED MARKETS BANKS 2008 BEST DEVELOPED MARKETS BANKS Global Finance unveils its annual list of the best banks in developed markets around the world. The past year has been one of the most tumultuous in recent memory for ...

Milestones

Milestones : Colombia Gains Ground In Andean Standoff

Colombia/ecuador/venezuela Uribe: Used the standoff to push US-Colombia trade deal After Venezuela and Ecuador sent troops to their borders with Colombia, in response to Colombia’s attack on FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) rebels within Ecuadorian territory on March 1, ...

Milestones : Panama Pushes For Investment Grade

Panama Digging in: Work is now under way on the $5.25 billion expansion of the Panama Canal. Although Brazil appears poised to become Latin America’s next investment-grade-rated sovereign, a tiny country may beat the giant to the punch. With Standard ...

Milestones : Shekel To Become Fully Convertible

Israel All change: Israel’s currency is set to take its place in the world markets. The Bank of Israel has joined the New York-based CLS (Continuous Linked Settlement) Bank (a multi-currency bank supervised by the US Federal Reserve that serves ...

Corporate Finance

Corporate Finance : Credit Crunch Tightens Grip On Us Market

Corporate Debt Credit spreads widened last month and corporate bond yields were at or above levels that prevailed prior to the start of the Federal Reserve’s monetary easing last summer, leading economists to conclude that the US economy will continue ...

Corporate Finance: Latin American Currencies Heat Up

Foreign Exchange CURRENCY FORECASTS Latin America has experienced its share of currency crises in recent decades, but for the past few years the region’s currencies have continued to go from strength to strength. “Latin American currencies are on fire,” says ...

Newsmakers

Newsmakers : Ackermann Proposes Global Overseer

Germany Ackermann: Global watchdog could prevent market bubbles Deutsche Bank CEO Josef Ackermann suggests that creating a global financial sector watchdog could prevent an encore of the global market storm unleashed by the US subprime crisis. Analysts say the idea ...

Newsmakers : Airline Aims To Make Friends In High Places

Germany Hunt: Legacy airlines lock in customers with "bribery" In a move that is clearly aimed at drumming up corporate business, upstart UK-based business-class-only airline Silverjet has rolled out an innovative loyalty program that takes the benefits out of the ...

Additional Stories

EM Investor : Palm Oil Producer Reaps Rewards

Company To Watch: Ioi/malaysia Palm oil prices have almost doubled in the past year on rising demand from China and India and increased use of crude palm oil as an alternative energy source. Kuala Lumpur-based IOI, one of Malaysia’s largest ...

EM Investor : Rwanda Exchange Trading Bonds

News The Rwanda Stock Exchange opened for business in the capital city of Kigali at the end of January, but so far the exchange has not traded any stocks. It has listed two government bonds and a corporate bond floated ...

Focus: Nafta : A Controversial Treaty

Multinationals And Nafta Much lambasted for its effects on the poor, Nafta has proved successful at opening the North American markets—and promoted corporate growth in the process. As the US presidential primary campaigns neared their conclusion in March, the North ...

Focus: Nafta : Terms Of Trade

14 Years On With Nafta once again coming to the forefront of water-cooler discussions as a result of the political ping-pong between Democratic presidential hopefuls in the US, we look back at the development of the ground-breaking free trade agreement ...

Focus: Nafta : Who’s Who In Nafta

Nafta Focus Global Finance names the most influential and important people in Nafta commerce and finance. Gastón Azcárraga Andrade President, Consejo Mexicano de Hombres de Negocios, and CEO, Grupo Posadas Mexico Gastón Azcárraga Andrade has been CEO of Grupo Posadas, ...