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Fear Factor

COVER STORY: THE NEW RISKS

By Laurence Neville

Last year the global economy dodged some scary-looking bullets. This year it might not be so lucky.

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As volatile and unnerving as it was, 2010 provided a welcome respite from the turmoil ...

The World's Best Foreign Exchange Providers

World’s Best FX Providers 2011

ANNUAL SURVEY: UNCERTAINTY BREEDS CURRENCY VOLATILITY

By Gordon Platt

Global Finance selects the leaders in the world's biggest financial market, where trading averages $4 trillion a day.

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Europe's sovereign debt crisis, China's monetary tightening and the Federal ...

Newsmakers

Europe: Maintaining Focus On Development Aid

NEWSMAKERS: EUROPE

By Justin Keay

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Piebalgs: Pressing Europeans to give more

Spare a thought for Andris Piebalgs, the EU's development commissioner. At a time when politicians across Europe are telling people to tighten their belts during the toughest fiscal ...

Qatar: Islamic Finance To Win With World Cup

NEWSMAKERS: QATAR

By Anita Hawser

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Hussain: Islamic banks must resolve key issues

As Qatar kicks off its campaign to ensure it has the infrastructure to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the region's banks are hoping the massive investment ...

UK: Businesses Brace For Bribery Crackdown

NEWSMAKERS: UK

By Anita Awser

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High risk: UK bribery law will affect companies worldwide

In a sign that regulators are clamping down on bribery and corruption in international business, from April 2011 the UK will implement what legal experts are ...

US: Obama Sets New Course For Next Two Years

NEWSMAKERS: UNITED STATES

By Gordon Platt

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Obama: Changing course

President Barack Obama's tax deal with the Republican opposition and his efforts to woo business leaders demonstrate a willingness to compromise and suggest a new direction for his administration in ...

Milestones

China: China Passes US In CleanTech Spend

MILESTONES: CHINA By Denise Bedell High energy: Government targets boost windpower With strong government backing and clear goals for increased capacity development, China is fast surpassing its counterparts in the West, including the US and Germany, in building and supporting ...

LatAm: Growth Brings Hope For Region’s Poorest

MILESTONES: LATIN AMERICA

By Antonio Guerrero

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Looking up: Poverty is declining in Latin America

Latin America's robust recovery from the global financial crisis is having an impact even on the poorest people in the region, according to a new ...

South Korea: Trade Pact To Fuel Export Growth

MILESTONES: SOUTH KOREA

By Thomas Clouse

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Seoul: Tighter ties with the United States

South Korea finalized details of its free trade agreement (FTA) with the United States last month, more than three years after the former presidents of the two ...

US/China: WTO Tire Ruling Stirs Trade-War Fears

MILESTONES: UNITED STATES/CHINA

By Gordon Platt

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Tired: Trade spat rolls on

The fallout from the World Trade Organization's ruling last month that the US was within its rights in imposing import tariffs of up to 35% on Chinese ...

Corporate Finance

Debt: Bond Sell-Off Spares High-Yield

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: CORPORATE DEBT

By Gordon Platt

The high-yield corporate debt market was unscathed by the dramatic sell-off in the US treasuries market in early December that followed news of President Obama's deal with congressional Republicans to renew ...

DRs: BRIC Countries To Lead DRs in 2011

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS — GLOBAL EQUITY/DRS: CORPORATE FINANCE FOCUS

By Gordon Platt

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Coming off the bailout of Ireland, and with several other European countries denying they need outside help, the outlook for the financial markets in 2011 is somewhat clouded ...

FX: Dollar Recovers As US Yields Rise

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: FOREIGN EXCHANGE

By Gordon Platt

The tax deal reached between President Obama and the opposition Republican Party could boost US economic growth to around 3% in 2011, economists forecast. The improved economic outlook and rising bond yields ...

M&A: Deal Activity To Pick Up In 2011

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

By Gordon Platt

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There will be a substantial increase in mergers and acquisitions in 2011, following a relatively flat year for M&A; in 2010, as companies have plenty of cash to spend on strategic ...

Emerging Markets Roundup

Fear Factor

COVER STORY: THE NEW RISKS

By Laurence Neville

Last year the global economy dodged some scary-looking bullets. This year it might not be so lucky.

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As volatile and unnerving as it was, 2010 provided a welcome respite from the turmoil ...

UK: Businesses Brace For Bribery Crackdown

NEWSMAKERS: UK

By Anita Awser

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High risk: UK bribery law will affect companies worldwide

In a sign that regulators are clamping down on bribery and corruption in international business, from April 2011 the UK will implement what legal experts are ...

DRs: BRIC Countries To Lead DRs in 2011

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS — GLOBAL EQUITY/DRS: CORPORATE FINANCE FOCUS

By Gordon Platt

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Coming off the bailout of Ireland, and with several other European countries denying they need outside help, the outlook for the financial markets in 2011 is somewhat clouded ...

M&A: Deal Activity To Pick Up In 2011

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

By Gordon Platt

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There will be a substantial increase in mergers and acquisitions in 2011, following a relatively flat year for M&A; in 2010, as companies have plenty of cash to spend on strategic ...

Biggest Emerging Market Banks 2010

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ANNUAL SURVEY: EM 200

By Dan Keeler

Regional powerhouses in Asia and Latin America continue to build their presence as their markets recover strongly from the global recession.

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While much of the developed world continues to wrestle with the debilitating ...

Demand For Hedging Surges

FOCUS: COMMODITY RISK

By Michael Shari

Renewed turmoil in Europe, supply shortages and the growing impact of financial investors are driving renewed demand for commodities hedging.

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For most of 2010, producers and consumers of many commodities had little or no ...

DR News: Taiwanese Firms Eye ADR Platform

EMERGING MARKETS INVESTOR: DR NEWS

By Gordon Platt

Companies based in Taiwan that already have global depositary receipt (GDR) programs will explore establishing new Level 1 American depositary receipt (ADR) programs over the next 18 months, according to BNY Mellon ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: Africa

ROUNDUP: AFRICA

By Antonio Guerrero

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Electricity goes private

Nigeria requires annual investments of up to $10 billion to tackle its infrastructure deficit, according to government officials in Abuja. Much of the investment would be focused on meeting the government's ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: Brazil

ROUNDUP: BRAZIL

By Antonio Guerrero

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Rousseff: Getting off to a steady start

Brazil's newly installed president, Dilma Rousseff, provided a firm indication of her administration's plan to continue the economic policies of her predecessor, Luiz Inácio Lula da ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: China

ROUNDUP: CHINA

By Thomas Clouse

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China's Internet users present a rich potential market

Growth in consumer and producer prices in China continued to accelerate in November, prompting policy makers to raise reserve ratios and direct the country's state-owned ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: India

ROUNDUP: INDIA

By Aaron Chaze

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India's craving for luxury cars grows

Significant improvement in heavy industrial sectors drove up India's Index of Industrial Production (IIP) by nearly 11% year-on-year during October 2010, a significant step up from September ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: Middle East

ROUNDUP: MIDDLE EAST

By Gordon Platt

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Abu Dhabi tries to outdo Dubai with new port facilities

Abu Dhabi is pulling out all the stops to create a major port and industrial zone that will rival Dubai as a trading hub ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: Russia

ROUNDUP: RUSSIA

By Kim Iskyan

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World Cup fever in Russia

Global football organization FIFA awarded Russia the right to host the World Cup tournament in 2018, triggering jubilation throughout the country. The Russian government estimated that building 13 new stadiums ...

Islamic Finance: A New Frontier

TRENDS: ISLAMIC FINANCE IN LATIN AMERICA

By Antonio Guerrero

With Islamic financial institutions seeking to expand into emerging markets in Africa and Asia, could Latin America be next?

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While Islamic financial institutions have aggressively expanded through Asia and Africa, Latin ...

World’s Best FX Providers 2011: Global Winner

Global Winner

Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Bank has the biggest, most diversified and most profitable foreign exchange operation in the world. "The critical factor is that we are excellent across the board—by client type, by region and by products," says ...

Additional Stories

Company To Watch: Infosys Technologies

EMERGING MARKET INVESTOR: COMPANY TO WATCH: INFOSYS TECHNOLOGIES / INDIA

By Gordon Platt

Bangalore-based Infosys Technologies, the second largest company by market capitalization on the Bombay Stock Exchange, announced one of the first mobile-banking solutions that offers financial-management and advisory services ...

Country Report: Libya

LIBYA: OPENING UP

By Justin Keay

As its economy slowly becomes more open, Libya is attracting the attention of a wider range of potential investors than just adventurous oil companies.

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In the old days of the Soviet Union, sovietologists would ...

EM News: Russia's Privatization Program

EMERGING MARKET INVESTOR: NEWS

By Gordon Platt

Faced with a widening budget deficit in the wake of its economic stimulus program, Russia is rolling out the red carpet to foreign investors with a $39 billion privatization program. The government will ...

SEPA Update: Slow Progress

UPDATE: SEPA

By Anita Hawser

Proponents of the Single Euro Payments Area are considering stringent measures to encourage companies to hop on board.

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As eurozone countries busy themselves implementing liquidity measures designed to calm market fears about sovereign debt problems ...