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Cover Story

Cover Story: The Found Continent

AFRICA   Long ignored by mainstream investors and corporations, Africa has suddenly found itself in the spotlight. Its resilience in the recent credit crunch is just part of the reason.     An oil worker stands on the deck of ...

Features

Features : Raising Sepa’s Horizons

CORPORATE TOOLBOX — SEPA Six months after SEPA’s introduction, banks are still trying to devise ways to encourage the businesses they serve to jump aboard. Additional optional services may provide the answer.   The introduction of the euro in January ...

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Emerging Markets Roundup

Emerging Markets : Hedge Fund Seeks Absolute Returns

NEWS     London-based Focus Capital last month introduced a hedge fund that aims to achieve absolute returns from emerging markets irrespective of market conditions by investing in multiple asset classes. The Emerging World Fund diversifies risk by using a ...

Country Report

Features : Country Report: Greece

COUNTRY REPORT / GREECE   Steady domestic economic growth and significant inward investment are helping Greece battle the headwinds of a tough global economy.   Buoyed by several booming industries, economic growth rates above the European Union average, strong investment ...

Features: Troubled Giant

COUNTRY REPORT / NIGERIA Despite vast hydrocarbon reserves and a government committed to economic diversification, Nigeria still faces tremendous problems. A resurgence in its banking sector may help accelerate future progress.   Oil is Nigeria’s lifeline, accounting for some 80% ...

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Newsmakers

Newsmakers : In The Hot Seat

ARGENTINA   Fernandez: His appointment unsettled financial markets. As he slips into the seat occupied by four others in less than a year, Argentina’s new economy minister, Carlos Fernandez, faces the unenviable task of restoring confidence in his government’s economic ...

Newsmakers : Paraguay Joins The Leftist Club

PARAGUAY     Lugo: Promising to improve Paraguay's international standing. Paraguayan president-elect Fernando Lugo, a former Catholic bishop, is the newest member of Latin America’s growing list of left-wing leaders. He faces serious challenges in a country that, until his ...

Newsmakers : Putting A Roof On Energy Bills

UNITED STATES     Naimon: Companies are keen to use third-party finance. As the solar energy industry struggles to improve its photovoltaic technology, a viable financing model may provide the missing link to the market. Almost two years ago, HSH ...

Newsmakers : US Targets Trade Finance

UNITED STATES/IRAN     Mancuso: Warns banks to be aware of their clients' activities. Mario Mancuso, head of the US Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), sent global bankers scurrying last month to check that they were doing no trade ...