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Cover Story : The Party's Over

LATIN AMERICA Once considered relatively immune to the global economic slump, Latin America is facing hard times as commodity prices crumble, trade dwindles and Venezuela’s oil-funded regional largess begins to dry up. On a roller coaster ride: Wild swings in ...

Features

Features : Country Report: Cyprus

SURVIVAL INSTINCT CYPRUS Cyprus’ leaders are tackling head on the challenge of maintaining economic growth during the current global downturn. Nicosia, Cyprus' capital, is gripping itself for an economic slowdown. Cyprus has experienced more than its fair share of ups ...

Features : A Bridge To Recovery

Infrastructure spending Policymakers are pouring money into infrastructure projects in an attempt to head off economic disaster. Cohen: When stability returns, infrastructure will be attractive. All aspects of infrastructure will be on the rise in 2009, as the United States ...

Features : Big Providers Tough It Out

Equity derivatives As equity derivatives have taken a pounding in recent months, many of the smaller players have abandoned the market. The industry’s giants are still offering tailored products for their clients, though. In the months following the near collapse ...

Features : Hard Landing

Banking crisis / central & eastern europe Central and Eastern Europe has suffered more than most regions as a result of the credit crunch. Some are concerned that economic turmoil may lead to social unrest. Ukrainian prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, ...

Features : Revisiting Nafta

Regional report Calls to renegotiate Nafta are growing louder, and as the three member countries’ economic travails deepen, the arguments for a revision are gaining ground. The economic crisis that began in the United States has had a dramatic effect ...

Features : Survival Instinct

CYPRUS Cyprus’ leaders are tackling head on the challenge of maintaining economic growth during the current global downturn. Nicosia, Cyprus' capital, is gripping itself for an economic slowdown. Cyprus has experienced more than its fair share of ups and downs ...

Emerging Markets Roundup

Features : Big Providers Tough It Out

Equity derivatives As equity derivatives have taken a pounding in recent months, many of the smaller players have abandoned the market. The industry’s giants are still offering tailored products for their clients, though. In the months following the near collapse ...

Corporate Finance : Global Equity/DRs

NYSE LISTS CARBON ALLOWANCES FUND The calendar of planned initial public offerings in the US was bone dry last month, and the only issue of size on the international horizon was a scheduled $1 billion preferred securities offering by Mitsubishi ...

Corporate Finance : Mergers & Acquisitions

DRUG MERGERS EASE M&A; DROUGHT The need for bigger drug-development pipelines and more diversified businesses with greater geographic reach is fueling a wave of mergers in the pharmaceutical industry that is providing investment bankers with some much-needed underwriting fees. It ...

Emerging Markets : Africa

Zimbabwe has abandoned its "worthless" currency in favor of other currencies such as the US dollar. After years of trying to defend its near-worthless currency, the Zimbabwean government has abandoned foreign exchange and price controls. Zimbabweans will now be allowed ...

Emerging Markets : Brazil

Brazilian oil giant Petrobras will use debt issuance to finance new offshore exploration. The Petrobras state-controlled oil company sold $1.5 billion of 10-year bonds on international markets in February. The deal, which carries a 7.875% coupon, was managed by HSBC, ...

Emerging Markets : China

As economic growth tails off, China's unemployment level is rising sharply. China’s economic growth is tailing off as feared. Although annual growth in 2008 was 9%, fourth-quarter growth slowed to a seven-year low of 6.9% year-on-year, according to preliminary estimates ...

Emerging Markets : China's Premier puts the US on notice

Wen Jiabao:May be preparing ground for major policy shift Wen Jiabao, China’s premier, has had a lot to say about US treasury bonds and the relative value of the yuan lately. Perhaps he misses his strategic economic dialogue with former ...

Emerging Markets : Commodity Prices Help Food Maker

Company To Watch: Indofood Sukses Makmur/indonesia Low commodity prices are hurting Indonesia’s export earnings, but they could benefit Indofood Sukses Makmur, one of the world’s largest makers of instant noodles, commonly known as ramen noodles. With about 238 million people, ...

Emerging Markets : India

Open for business: "Off-limits" investment sectors opened up. The Indian government revised its foreign investment policy guidelines in mid-February, with a changed methodology for computing foreign equity holdings in Indian companies. According to the new guidelines, any equity held by ...

Emerging Markets : Indian Wind-Turbine Maker Gets Go-Ahead For Dr Issue

DR NEWS Pune, India-based Suzlon Energy, the world’s fifth-largest maker of wind turbines, said it received approval from Indian regulatory authorities to raise up to $370 million through the issuance of depositary receipts overseas. The company has not yet decided ...

Emerging Markets : Middle East

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah. King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia shook up his cabinet in February, appointing a new central bank governor, as well as new education, justice, information and health ministers and naming a woman as a ...

Emerging Markets : Roth brings down franc

Jean-Pierre Roth, the low-key chairman of the Swiss National Bank, is not the type of person you would expect to shock the financial world. But that is exactly what he did on March 12 when he confirmed that the bank ...

Emerging Markets : Russia

Devaluation of the ruble is over, says Kudrin, Russia's finance minister. The Kremlin rolled out a revised version of its economic crisis plan, extending additional credits to the beleaguered banking sector possibly at the expense of direct loans to the ...

Emerging Markets :Latin American P/ES Hit Record Lows

NEWS Investors are able to buy shares in fundamentally strong companies in Latin America at record low price/earnings ratios after a sell-off in recent months triggered by falling commodity prices, according to Auerbach Grayson, a New York-based brokerage firm that ...

Emerging Markets Investor: Company to watch: Coli/China

China Overseas Land & Investment (COLI), a subsidiary of China State Construction Engineering, could be a beneficiary of China’s economic stimulus package. China’s largest developer by market value, COLI also focuses on infrastructure investment. The Hong Kong-listed developer is controlled ...

Emerging Markets Investor: Dr News

BYBLOS BANK LISTS IN LONDON; FIRST LEBANESE FIRM IN 12 YEARS Byblos Bank, one of the leading banks in Lebanon, listed its global depositary receipts on the London Stock Exchange, which now trades 37 companies based in the Middle East. ...

Emerging Markets Investor: News

FIRST COLOMBIAN ETF TRADES ON NYSE ARCA The first exchange-traded fund that seeks to replicate the performance of the 20 most-liquid securities in the Colombian market has begun trading on NYSE Arca, an all-electronic US trading platform. Global X Management, ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: Africa

Tsvangirai: Vowed to restore relations with the IMF The African Development Bank has used its own capital base to create a $1.5 billion trade finance facility that aims to fuel trade and investment in the region. African commercial lenders and ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: Brazil

Brazil's air force is helping finance Embraer's $500 million development program for a new military transport plane Following Brazil’s recent credit boom, banks are starting to face increased customer arrears. A research report from BB Investimentos, a division of Banco ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: China

On track: China's stimulus package will boost railroad investment China is pouring money into railroads and energy production as the implementation of the country’s 4 trillion yuan ($585 billion) stimulus package moves forward. Urban fixed asset investment grew by 26.5% ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: India

Electoral gains: Poll-related spending will help boost India's economy in 2009 According to a consensus taken from a group of prominent Indian economists, including those representing the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council, J.P. Morgan India and S&P; Asia Pacific, the ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: Russia

Sechin: Russia's deputy prime minister and Rosneft chairman In a signal that the Russian government is increasingly aware of the financial constraints it is facing, a top Kremlin adviser said that the state would not be bailing out any more ...

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Milestones : Banks And Multilaterals Step In To Boost Trade

BRAZIL Brazil’s central bank: Attempting to boost banks’ trade finance lines With commodity prices plummeting from last year’s highs, Latin American governments are seeking ways to support their trade sectors as part of their economic stimulus plans. Strong export revenues ...

Milestones : British Authorities Set Out To Chart Post-Credit-Crunch Landscape

UNITED KINGDOM Tough talk: FSA chairman Adair Turner Britain’s battered banks—reeling from plunging share prices and ever-worsening subprime losses—face a major overhaul in the way they are regulated. Britain’s unified regulatory body, the Financial Services Authority (FSA), is to publish ...

Milestones : Corporate Europe Set For Equity Rush

EUROPE Cash is costly for Hammerson, developer of this UK cineplex With headlines dominated by bank bailouts totaling billions of dollars, it’s easy to get blasé about the scale of the challenge facing the global economy. Nevertheless, a new report ...

Corporate Finance

Corporate Finance : Corporate Debt

ICE BEGINS CLEARING CREDIT DEFAULT SWAPS AS COUNTERPARTY RISK HITS RECORD HIGH The first central counterparty clearinghouse for credit default swaps (CDS) began operating on March 9, the same day that perceptions of default risk among the largest derivatives market ...

Corporate Finance : Dollar Remains Strong Amid Global Turmoil

Foreign Exchange Weak economic data from the eurozone, heralding further interest rate reductions in Europe, are helping to keep the dollar strong. Meanwhile, Japan’s worsening trade statistics are raising warning signals about the high-flying yen, analysts say. The yen has ...

Corporate Finance : Etihad Atheeb Ipo Ends Long Saudi Drought

Global Equity /drs Etihad Atheeb Telecommunication, one of three new fixed-line operators in Saudi Arabia, broke the long drought in initial public offerings in the kingdom, with an IPO for 30% of its capital. The $80 million public offering, completed ...

Corporate Finance : Fed’s Easing Policies Beginning To Work

Corporate Debt Corporate debt markets in the United States have begun to function more normally, and the money supply is expanding rapidly, showing that the Federal Reserve’s credit-easing policies may be working, analysts say. The Barclays Capital Credit index of ...

Corporate Finance : Foreign Exchange

DOLLAR STAYS STRONG, BUT YEN TUMBLES The US dollar index, a measure of the value of the dollar against a basket of currencies, rose to a three-year high in March, as investors continued to seek the safe haven of US ...

Corporate Finance : Global Equity/DRs

NYSE LISTS CARBON ALLOWANCES FUND The calendar of planned initial public offerings in the US was bone dry last month, and the only issue of size on the international horizon was a scheduled $1 billion preferred securities offering by Mitsubishi ...

Corporate Finance : Mergers & Acquisitions

DRUG MERGERS EASE M&A; DROUGHT The need for bigger drug-development pipelines and more diversified businesses with greater geographic reach is fueling a wave of mergers in the pharmaceutical industry that is providing investment bankers with some much-needed underwriting fees. It ...

Newsmakers

Newsmakers : Obama Targets Climate Change

UNITED STATES Hardhitting team appointed to curb US carbon emissions With a new line-up of officials steering Washington’s environmental and energy policies for the next four years and global talks under way to iron out a successor pact to the ...

Newsmakers : Santander Loses Face In Latin America

LATIN AMERICA Sleepless in Madrid: Santander chairman Emilio Botin Spanish banking giant Santander is struggling to contain the fallout from the more than $3 billion loss its clients sustained through the bank’s investments in funds linked to disgraced New York ...

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TCM : Software Providers

TREASURY & CASH MANAGEMENT - SPONSORED DIRECTORY Global Finance presents its annual guide to the key products and technology providers in the treasury and cash management space. Capabilities/services: Ariba Invoice and Payment is the leading enterprise solution for streamlining invoicing ...