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Features: Islamic Finance

REGIONAL REPORT: Gulf Cooperation Council Sukuk issuance is rebounding as investor confidence returns to the GCC region. By Gordon Platt The global financial crisis has accelerated what already was a growing interest in Islamic finance and has created new opportunities ...

Features: The Lure Of Foreign Shares

Banks have created 1,400 new unsponsored ADR programs to meet-and hopefully generate-growing demand, particularly from investors in separately managed accounts.     By Gordon Platt   The long drought in initial public offerings has slowed the pace of raising capital ...

Features: Insurance Insecurity

In the wake of the near-collapse of AIG, many companies are taking a much closer look at the health of their own insurers.   By Paula L.Green   Corporate risk officers are asking more questions, checking more documents, diversifying their ...

Features: Profiting From Prudence

Despite a recent drop in profits amid the country's economic slowdown, Brazilian banks are poised for long-term growth. By Antonio Guerrero Amid a turbulent global market, Brazil's banking and financial sector is proving remarkably resilient. A stringent regulatory environment, strong ...

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Features: World's Best Sub-custodians

SUB-CUSTODIANS TACKLE NEW CHALLENGES   Global Finance selects the leading providers of the specialized services that make cross-border investing possible.   By Gordon Platt   Global custodians and money managers are putting their sub-custodians under the microscope in the wake ...

Best Supply Chain Finance Providers

Supply Chain Finance In Growing Demand   The credit crunch has demonstrated which banks are truly committed to developing supply chain finance solutions.   By Anita Hawser   Few market segments within financial services have emerged unscathed from the recent ...

Emerging Markets Roundup

Emerging Markets: Africa

Roundup   By Antonio Guerrero   Botswana, the world's largest diamond producer, received a $1.5 billion loan from the African Development Bank, marking the bank's largest-ever budget support facility. It is also Botswana's first loan from the development bank in ...

Emerging Markets: Brazil

Roundup   By Antonio Guerrero   Mantega: Welcomes foreign investors to Brazil Taking advantage of falling yields, Brazilian borrowers are returning to international debt markets. BNDES, the state-owned development bank, sold $1 billion in 10-year bonds in June, yielding 6.546%. ...

Emerging Markets: China

Roundup   By Thomas Clouse   All clear: Policymakers backed away from Internet filtering With China's 4 trillion renminbi ($585 billion) stimulus package starting to show real results, the World Bank has upped its estimate for the country's 2009 GDP ...

Emerging Markets: India

Roundup   By Aaron Chaze   Surging ahead: India is set to outstrip China's growth   According to the Global Development Finance Report released recently by the World Bank, India is expected to be the fastest-growing economy in 2010, with ...

Emerging Markets: Middle East

Roundup   By Gordon Platt   While the world's attention was focused on the post-election violence in Iran last month, political developments in neighboring Iraq took a happier turn. Iraqi Kurds and the Iraqi central government worked out an agreement ...

Country Report

Features: Country Report - Portugal

LESS PAIN, MORE GAIN   Portugal's pre-credit crunch party was not as wild as that of many other countries, and its hangover should be much less severe as a result.   By Adam Rombel   You do not have to ...

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Newsmakers: Kirchners Face Uncertain Future

ARGENTINA   By Antonio Guerrero   Kirchner: May have to rein in her populist agenda When Cristina Kirchner won Argentina's 2007 presidential election, she was taking over the office held since 2003 by her husband, Nestor Kirchner. Observers speculated the ...