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Cover Story: Global Markets Brace For The Aftershock

GLOBAL MARKET BRACE FOR THE AFTERSHOCK Many countries still have a long way to go to convince investors that they are not likely to suffer a sovereign default. By Laurence Neville Just as the mood was lifting worldwide—and many markets ...

Features

Features: Spotlight - EBRD

POST-CRISIS MANAGEMENT The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has found new relevance—and a key role—in the aftermath of the financial crisis. By Justin Keay Aside maybe from Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan, few banks have emerged from the global ...

Features: The Americas - Mexico

MEXICO'S NEXT WAVE Although it was hit hard by the downturn in the US, Mexico is setting a course for a strong recovery. Its banks are helping to stimulate renewed growth. By Antonio Guerrero Long controlled by foreign players—Spain's BBVA ...

Features: The Americas - Nafta

CAN NAFTA FILL THE GAP? For gaps in Nafta to be plugged, it may take smaller bilateral agreements rather than wide-ranging change to the original FTA. By Denise Bedell Renegotiating Nafta: (from left to right) US president Barack Obama, Mexican ...

Emerging Markets Roundup

Newsmakers: IMF Shakes Up Policy Advice Of Crisis

Global By Gordon Platt Blanchard: Policymakers should use all the tools available Economists who thought they had figured out how to keep national economies growing and inflation under control by simply focusing on short-term interest rates have learned some important ...

Corporate Finance: Global Equity/DRs

EMERGING MARKETS LEAD DR ISSUANCE By Gordon Platt Companies from emerging markets established 57 new depositary receipt programs in 2009, more than half of the year's total worldwide, according to an analysis by BNY Mellon. China-based issuers led the rankings ...

Emerging Markets: Africa

Roundup By Antonio Guerrero Foreign ownership of mines in Zimbabwe challenged by law Zimbabwe's government is continuing its campaign against foreign ownership, insisting that businesses with assets of more than $500,000 must be 51%-owned by black Zimbabweans within five years ...

Emerging Markets: Brazil

Roundup By Antonio Guerrero Brazil’s leading ethanol processor seals deal with Shell Brazil's Cosan, the world's largest ethanol and sugar processor, and Royal Dutch Shell are merging their Brazilian operations in a deal valued at $12 billion. Under the plan, ...

Emerging Markets: China

Roundup By Thomas Clouse Old properties gain new protection from land appropriation China's central bank in February raised the required proportion of deposits banks must hold in reserve for the second time this year. China is taking steps to rein ...

Emerging Markets: Chinese Firm's ADRs Trade On OTC International

Investor: DR News By Gordon Platt Shandong Luoxin Pharmacy Stock Company has become the first China-based firm to trade American depositary receipts (ADRs) on the over-the-counter market’s premier platform, OTCQX International. Based in Linyi City in the eastern province of ...

Emerging Markets: India

Roundup By Aaron Chaze On the move: Car sales jumped significantly in India Auto sales in India increased sharply over the past year, with the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers claiming sales have jumped by 50% since January 2009. Commercial ...

Emerging Markets: Microfinance Funds Get FX Hedging Help

Investor: News By Gordon Platt Hedging currency exposure in illiquid and volatile frontier markets is about to get easier for investment funds focused on microfinance. Cygma Fund, based in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, is being set up as a hedging platform ...

Emerging Markets: Middle East

Roundup By Gordon Platt Dubai Mall: Mixed fortunes for Dubai’s property sector Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, the world's biggest sovereign wealth fund, has purchased an approximately 15% stake in London's Gatwick Airport, although it would not confirm the exact size ...

Emerging Markets: Russia

Roundup By Kim Iskyan Friendly neighbor: Russia’s influence in Ukraine will grow after Viktor Yanukovych won the recent presidential election Russia's finance ministry hired a team of investment banks to help it prepare for the country's first eurobond sale since ...

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Milestones: Financial Services Industry Faces Long Convalescence

Global By Anita Hawser Moloney: Regulators’ lenient attitude toward banks is over As banks enter the convalescence phase after what some describe as the financial equivalent of a major medical trauma, there may be a need for further medicine to ...

Milestones: Rate Decision Sparks Fears Of Political Meddling

South Korea By Thomas Clouse Lee Seongtae: Kept a steady hand on tiller during crisis Few economies have proven as resilient over the past 18 months as that of South Korea. In the wake of Lehman Brothers' collapse, foreign investors ...

Milestones: SEC Issues Wake-up Call On Climate-Change Disclosure

United States By Gordon Platt All change: Climate risk moves up the corporate agenda The US Securities and Exchange Commission opened a can of worms with its decision to require companies to consider the effects of climate change when disclosing ...

Corporate Finance

Corporate Finance: Corporate Debt

CORPORATE DEBT ISSUANCE STAYS STRONG, BUT RISK PREMIUMS RISE SHARPLY By Gordon Platt While the Federal Reserve is unlikely to raise interest rates significantly this year in light of high US unemployment and subdued inflation, the long-running rally in the ...

Corporate Finance: Foreign Exchange

EUROPE'S DEBT PANIC BRINGS DOWN EURO, SPURS DOLLAR RALLY By Gordon Platt Weakness in the euro is contributing to the dollar's recovery, as the search for a safe haven favors the United States, analysts say. The euro fell to a ...

Corporate Finance: Global Equity/DRs

EMERGING MARKETS LEAD DR ISSUANCE By Gordon Platt Companies from emerging markets established 57 new depositary receipt programs in 2009, more than half of the year's total worldwide, according to an analysis by BNY Mellon. China-based issuers led the rankings ...

Corporate Finance: M&A

LATIN AMERICA TAKES MERGER SPOTLIGHT By Gordon Platt Mergers in Mexico and Brazil that will create strong regional and global competitors in a number of industries overshadowed a dormant M&A; market in the United States in January. In Mexico, Carlos ...

Newsmakers

Newsmakers: Downturn Throws Chávez Onto The Ropes

Venezuela By Antonio Guerrero Chávez: Economic troubles are turning his dreams into a nightmare Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez's dream of spreading his "21st century socialism" throughout Latin America could be halted by a troubled economy. After he spent much of ...

Newsmakers: Financial Turmoil Hits London's Status

United Kingdom By Anita Hawser Jenkins: London faces threat from multiple emerging market centers As economic power increasingly shifts toward the East and regulators in the West look to rein in the growth of their financial sectors, senior business figures' ...

Newsmakers: IMF Shakes Up Policy Advice Of Crisis

Global By Gordon Platt Blanchard: Policymakers should use all the tools available Economists who thought they had figured out how to keep national economies growing and inflation under control by simply focusing on short-term interest rates have learned some important ...