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Features: Analysis - Accounting Standards

CONVERGENCE OR CONVERSION?     Multinational corporations face a less confusing future as US and international groups work toward accounting standards convergence.   By Amy E. Buttell     After 15 long months, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) ...

Features: Focus - Trade Finance

REBUILDING TRUST IN TRADE     Trade finance is stabilizing, but caution is the watchword in an industry still reeling from the effects of the financial crisis.   By Anita Hawser     Throughout the financial crisis, trade finance, that ...

How Safe Is Your Safety Net?

INSURANCE FOCUS   The fallout from the financial crisis is prompting risk managers to take a cold, hard look at their insurance providers. Many do not like what they see.   By Paula L. Green     Don’t let that ...

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Best Developed Markets Banks Awards

TOP BANKS BOUNCE BACK     After two dismal years, the banking industry in the world’s developed markets is flourishing again.   By Laurence Neville     The recovery of the financial markets from March 2009 (and earlier in the ...

Emerging Markets Roundup

Emerging Markets: Africa

Roundup   By Antonio Guerrero   Nigerian central bank’s energy fund has caused controversy South Africa’s $2 billion dollar-denominated sovereign bond issue in March marked the country’s largest-ever foreign-currency-denominated security. The 10-year paper carries a 5.5% coupon, which is the ...

Emerging Markets: Brazil

Roundup   By Antonio Guerrero   Meirelles: Reining in Brazil’s stimulus measures Brazil’s central bank moved to tighten monetary policy by raising bank reserve requirements on term deposits from 13% to 15% as of April 9. The central bank had ...

Emerging Markets: China

Roundup   By Thomas Clouse   Brighter future: China promises better deal for rural citizens China’s top legislator has pledged to improve social services and better balance rural and urban political representation. Wu Bangguo, chairman of the Standing Committee of ...

Emerging Markets: India

Roundup   By Aaron Chaze   Calling plan: Bharti Airtel is expanding into new markets As the Indian wireless markets become ever more competitive, local companies are looking overseas for potential growth. South Asia’s largest wireless carrier, Bharti Airtel, for ...

Emerging Markets: Russia

Roundup   By Kim Iskyan   In a jam: Economic crisis hit Russia’s car market hard In late February prime minister Vladimir Putin rebuked four Russian oligarchs with significant investments in the country’s power sector for not following through on ...

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Milestones: Export Growth Negates Taiwan Rescue Plan

Taiwan   By Thomas Clouse   Bellwether: DRAM sales portend export upswing Taiwan’s government dropped plans to restructure its dynamic random access memory (DRAM) industry last month after export growth and rising prices helped several of the island’s DRAM producers ...

Corporate Finance

Corporate Finance: Corporate Debt

HIGH-YIELD DEFAULT RATE COMING DOWN   By Gordon Platt   The high-yield bond spread over US treasury securities is narrowing in anticipation of a steep decline in the default rate for below-investment-grade companies.   Once the corporate sector is capable ...

Corporate Finance: Foreign Exchange

DOLLAR’S RISE SLOWS AS DEBT PANIC IN EUROPE EASES By Gordon Platt The ability of Greece to raise significant funds in the bond market helped to calm investors’ nerves over the sovereign debt crisis in Europe last month, providing some ...

Corporate Finance: M&A

BANKRUPT MALL OPERATOR WEIGHS OFFERS   By Gordon Platt   Simon Property Group, the largest US mall operator, is seeking to take over rival General Growth Properties and take it out of bankruptcy. The battle of the mall operators has ...

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Features: Custody Buyer's Guide

GLOBAL & SUB-CUSTODIANS     Global Finance presents its annual sponsored guide to the leading providers in the global and sub-custody market.       GLOBAL CUSTODIANS   BNP Paribas Securities Service       Custody Assets: 2009: $5.8 trillion ...

Features: Sponsored Roundtable - Sub-Custody

A CHANGING LANDSCAPE   Sub-custodians are finding new ways to serve their clients as the shape of the post-crisis landscape becomes clearer.   Moderated by Joseph Giarraputo       Global Finance: What are the latest technology developments we should ...