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Corporate Cards And The Supply Chain

A HOUSE OF CARDS   By Karen Kroll   Companies are consolidating purchasing and expense card programs and are starting to extend programs globally. But gaining supplier acceptance still remains challenging.   As companies’ supply chains become increasingly multinational, a ...

Equity Derivatives

FLYING BLIND   By Anita Hawser   Despite new entrants joining the market, the equity derivatives business saw a marked slowdown over the past year, and some well-established firms are now scaling back their operations.   After the global financial ...

Frontier Markets Networking Event

LOCATION | NEW YORK CITY   To celebrate the launch of its new monthly section on Frontier Markets, Global Finance held a networking event in January at the Harvard Club in New York. Frontier markets specialists and investors from around ...

Regional Focus Caucasus

BEYOND OLD BOUNDARIES   By Justin Keay   Oil wealth, a favorable location and buoyant economic growth have thrust Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia onto the international stage. However, regional conflicts, political tensions and corruption are never far away.   “The ...

Risk Management: Crisis Containment

AUTOMATIC RESPONSE   By Paula Green   Recent natural disasters have shown that in times of crisis, having a robust crisis management plan that kicks in automatically—and a team to implement it—can make all the difference when it comes to ...

Award Winners

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

Emerging Markets Roundup

Emerging Markets Roundup: Africa

S OUTH AFRICA MOVES CLOSER TO JUNK STATUS WITH DOWNGRADE   By Antonio Guerrero   South Africa’s weakened economy pushed it closer into junk territory, as Fitch Ratings further downgraded its sovereign rating in January.   The agency cut the country’s ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: Brazil

TRUMP TO BUILD OFFICE TOWERS IN REDEVELOPED RIO PORT   By Antonio Guerrero   New York billionaire investor Donald Trump will launch Trump Towers Rio, his first Brazilian venture, with an estimated $4 billion investment.   The complex of five 38-story ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: China

HOPES RISE THAT CHINA IS REGAINING MOMENTUM   By Thomas Clouse   China grew at its slowest rate in 13 years in 2012, but an acceleration in the fourth quarter has raised hopes that the economy is regaining momentum.   Photo ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: India

HIGH INTEREST RATES AND RISING FUEL COSTS HIT AUTO SECTOR   By Aaron Chaze   Indian car sales slipped 12.5% year-on-year, to 141,083 units, in December, according to the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM).   Heavy-vehicle sales (trucks and buses) ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: Russia

PUTIN NIXES CALLS FOR POLITICAL REFORM   By Kim Iskyan   During his annual state-of-the-union address in mid-December, president Vladimir Putin focused on social spending priorities, including raising salaries for teachers, doctors and other professionals.   He also underscored the need ...

Global Salon

"Salon: Joshua Shapiro, MFR Inc "

TOUGH TIMES TO COME   By Kathryn Tully   Global Finance sat down with with Joshua Shapiro, chief US economist for consultancy MFR, to discuss the US economy, the fiscal “cliff” and structural problems still facing the country.   Global ...

Country Report

Milestones

Corporate Finance

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. ...

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Back Page: Polls And Stat - Checking The Pulse Of Sovereign Risk

Checking The Pulse Of Sovereign Risk BlackRock’s BSRI risk ranking provides a framework for tracking sovereign credit risk. In the last quarter, perceived risk worsened for Japan and South Africa, improved for China, Australia and New Zealand and remained the ...