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Cover Story: New Game, New Rules

Cover Story: New Game, New Rules

FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT By Valentina Pasquali Global foreign direct investment is undergoing a seismic shift as emerging markets countries are seeing both inflows and outflows rise dramatically—despite flat overall levels of global FDI. When Shuanghui International, a Chinese holding company, ...

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Sub-Saharan Africa: Mind The Gap

REGIONAL FOCUS   By Dan Keeler   Perceptions of poverty and corruption have long dogged sub-Saharan African countries looking for investment. But as growing interest in Africa’s economies has morphed into a frenzy of investment, a new perception gap is ...

Asia: Backing The Right Horse

REGIONAL FOCUS   By Thomas Clouse   With China’s economy slowing, investors are pondering where the next big growth story will come from in emerging Asia. Many are betting on the ASEAN countries, which face regional, economic and political hurdles. ...

Supply Chain: Rising Tides Of Risk

RISK MANAGEMENT   By Andrew Osterland   As companies expand their supply chains globally, the hazards they face—from extreme weather events to political upheavals—expand too. Managing such risks comprehensively beats rolling the dice.   The lure of fast-growing markets and ...

What’s Next For Kuwaiti Banks?

SPECIAL REPORT By Andrew Cunningham Kuwaiti banks are in good health. Capital levels are high, nonperforming loans low and declining, and liquidity remains strong. The IMF’s latest Article IV report on Kuwait, concluded at the end of November, found that ...

Award Winners

Stars Of China Awards Ceremony

LOCATION: WESTIN HOTEL, BEIJING, CHINA   Global Finance held its annual Stars of China awards ceremony in Beijing in November. Corporate and financial leaders from across the country were present to accept their awards and honor other recipients.   1 ...

Emerging Markets Roundup

China Speeds IPO Plow

EMERGING MARKETS ROUNDUP   By Tom Clouse   China’s stock market regulator will simplify the public listing process for Chinese companies selling shares on domestic exchanges. Companies with IPO ambitions now need only meet certain listing requirements; they need not ...

Global Salon

Global Salon: Francisco Ferreira

SIDESTEPPING THE BOOM AND BUST   By Tiziana Barghini   Global Finance sat down with Francisco Ferreira, chief economist, Africa, at the World Bank, to discuss the continent’s economic outlook. The pace of growth in Africa hovered around an impressive ...

Special Sections

World’s Best Foreign Exchange Providers

ANNUAL SURVEY — STABILITY AMID CHANGE   By Gordon Platt   A global investigation into trading irregularities has not hampered growth or innovation in one of the world’s largest and most volatile markets—foreign exchange.   The $5.3 trillion-a-day foreign exchange ...

Country Report

Kuwait: Reshaping The Welfare State

COUNTRY REPORT   By Gordon Platt   Oil-rich Kuwait is finally making progress on implementing its multibillion-dollar development program and improving its business operating environment.   Despite its aim to become a world-class financial and commercial center, the Arab Gulf ...

Milestones

An EU In Africa?

MILESTONES   By Tiziana Barghini   Twenty-two years after the Maastricht Treaty—which paved the way for Europe’s economic and monetary union—was signed, five Eastern African countries have inked a similar pact for an area that is much smaller than the ...

Corporate Finance

M&A: Steady As She Goes

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS   By Gordon Platt   The outlook for mergers and acquisitions in 2014 is generally positive in light of expectations for modest global economic growth, but a return to pre-crisis levels of M&A activity is not likely, ...

Newsmakers

Westerner To Run Japan’s Takeda?

NEWSMAKERS   By Gilly Wright   Japan’s largest pharmaceuticals firm, Takeda, has appointed Frenchman Christophe Weber as COO in a highly unusual move designed to groom him for the role of CEO. Weber will join the firm in April 2014, ...

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Polls & Stats: Africa’s Slippery Slope

  “A $30 decline in oil price over the baseline level shows that, among developing regions, Sub-Saharan Africa is the most impacted, with GDP growth declining by some 1.3 percentage points and current account balances worsening by 4.5 percentage points ...

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