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Cover Story: Asia's big year

Asia’s most dynamic economies are amassing huge cash fortunes that they can then wield to increase their power around the world. Will 2008 be the year when we t ruly see the balance of global power shift to the East? ...

Features

Features : A Mission To India

HEALTHCARE CHARITY Global Finance charity partner Amrit Davaa spent two weeks in India providing healthcare to children at a remote orphanage and to locals. Editor Dan Keeler accompanied the medical team on its mission. Dr Becki Giusti checks the vital ...

Features : Adapting To Survive

SECTOR REPORT / PRIVATE EQUITY Cash-heavy buyout firms are still looking for deals, but the rising cost of borrowing may result in their emulating their smaller private equity cousins. Just a few months ago there were widespread fears that big ...

Features : Country Report: Iceland

EXPANDING HORIZONS ICELAND Iceland is going all out to expand its economy—and the global reach of its banks and corporations. With a wealthy consumer base that has the sixth-highest per capita GDP in the OECD, 0.8% unemployment, negligible corruption and ...

Features : World’s Best Foreign Exchange Banks 2008

ANNUAL SURVEY/ BEST FX BANKS The 54 central banks and monetary authorities that took a measure of the foreign exchange market last year under the auspices of the Bank for International Settlements discovered an unprecedented rise in activity. Average daily ...

Emerging Markets Roundup

Cover Story: Asia's big year

Asia’s most dynamic economies are amassing huge cash fortunes that they can then wield to increase their power around the world. Will 2008 be the year when we t ruly see the balance of global power shift to the East? ...

Features : Adapting To Survive

SECTOR REPORT / PRIVATE EQUITY Cash-heavy buyout firms are still looking for deals, but the rising cost of borrowing may result in their emulating their smaller private equity cousins. Just a few months ago there were widespread fears that big ...

Emerging Markets : China’s Biggest Drugstore Lists Adrs

NEWS China Nepstar Chain Drugstore, already the largest drugstore in China based on the number of directly operated outlets, plans to vastly increase its size with the proceeds of its initial public offering of American depositary receipts on the New ...

Emerging Markets : Frontier Market Indexes Planned

DR NEWS New York-based MSCI Barra, which is majority-owned by Morgan Stanley, plans to introduce a family of benchmark indexes next month covering 19 “frontier market” countries. Institutional investors want to look beyond existing developed and emerging markets in their ...

Emerging Markets : Funds Make Hay In Frothy Market

BRAZIL The good times roll: Brazil's economy provides plenty of reasons to celebrate. Brazil-focused hedge funds continued to outperform other emerging market funds, producing an average 5.11% return in October, for a hefty 29.47% year-to-date (YTD) gain. By comparison, Latin ...

Emerging Markets : Panama And Its Airline Enjoy Boom

COMPANY TO WATCH: COPA HOLDINGS/PANAMA Panama, a natural transportation hub with its famous canal, has become an air-transport center for the Americas, thanks to its national flag carrier, Copa Airlines. The fast-growing airline with a young fleet of aircraft (average ...

Emerging Markets : Plus Ça Change...

RUSSIA Putin: Backing his friend Dmitry Medvedev's election bid. As widely anticipated, Russian president Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party won the country’s parliamentary elections on December 2, with 63% of the vote. In the weeks running up to the vote, ...

Emerging Markets : Road Spending Moves Into A Higher Gear

INDIA Hold-up: Aging roads are hindering Indias growth. Twenty leading global and Indian infrastructure construction companies are bidding for the contract to build a $10 billion eight-lane expressway in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. This expressway will link ...

Emerging Markets : Tensions Rise With The United States

CHINA Hong Kong: Focus of tension with the US. China stoked military tension with the United States by denying entry to a number of US naval vessels looking to dock in Hong Kong. In the most publicized of these denials, ...

The World's Best Foreign Exchange Providers

Features : World’s Best Foreign Exchange Banks 2008

ANNUAL SURVEY/ BEST FX BANKS The 54 central banks and monetary authorities that took a measure of the foreign exchange market last year under the auspices of the Bank for International Settlements discovered an unprecedented rise in activity. Average daily ...

Milestones

Milestones : China Faces Growing Skills Shortage

CHINA Filling up: China’s consumers may face shortages soon. While the Chinese horoscope attributes such auspicious qualities as intelligence, charisma and compassion to those born in the Year of the Rat, which begins on February 7, economists are warning that ...

Corporate Finance

Corporate Finance : High-yield Spreads May Widen Further

CORPORATE DEBT With banks still reluctant to lend, corporations that have delayed borrowing during the recent turmoil in the credit markets may have little choice but to issue debt in the coming months, putting further pressure on credit spreads, analysts ...

Corporate Finance : Mining Industry Offers Rich Vein For Mergers

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS More mergers in the mining industry are likely in 2008, analysts say, including potentially some of the biggest M&A; deals ever. Australia-based mining company BHP Billiton in November announced plans to launch an unsolicited tender offer to ...

Newsmakers

Newsmakers : Cruz Becomes Casualty Of Wall Street’s Credit Crunch

UNITED STATES Gardner: More companies are signing up to going green. Global investors, institutions and corporates are increasingly looking to improve their sustainability profile, according to a report by the Worldwatch Institute released in January. The report, State of the ...

Additional Stories

Corporate Finance :Investors Climb Aboard China Railway Ipo

GLOBAL EQUITY/DRS When state-owned China Railway, the world’s third-biggest construction company, offered $3 billion worth of shares for sale in its initial public offering in Shanghai last month, it attracted more than $450 billion in subscriptions. Clearly, Chinese investors were ...