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Brazil Faces Life After Lula

UPDATE: BRAZIL   By Antonio Guerrero   Brazil’s new president has already impressed the business community. But can she impress her own party?   Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff, a former Marxist guerrilla fighter, has gotten high grades from the nation’s ...

Derivatives Show Change In Sentiment

ANALYSIS: INTEREST-RATE AND EQUITY DERIVATIVES   By Michael Shari   Investors and corporations are revamping their derivatives strategies as they prepare for a resurgence of inflation.   At the beginning of the year, investment bankers noticed that institutional investors, hedge ...

Britain’s Big Gamble

FOCUS: UK RECOVERY STRATEGY   By Justin Keay   The UK government’s savage spending cuts and deep austerity measures have been touted as a model recovery strategy for stumbling Western economies. Faltering growth is raising questions over the strategy’s validity. ...

Mexico’s Uphill Struggle

COUNTRY REPORT: MEXICO   By Paula L. Green   Safeguards put in place after the Tequila Crisis helped Mexico’s banks ride out the recent global turmoil. Now they’re facing some new challenges.   On the spot: Mexico’s president Calderón faces ...

Regional Focus: East Africa

EAST AFRICA: SUDAN SPLIT RESHAPES EAST AFRICA’S ECONOMY   By Jonathan Gregson   As Sudan prepares to divide into two countries, plans are already under way to help the South develop its substantial oil reserves.   Unless there is a ...

Social Change

TECHNOLOGY: BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE   By Denise Bedell   Mobile and social networking technologies are helping bring heavy-duty analytical capabilities to every level of a business.   Anyone who thought social networking was useful only for catching up with old school ...

Asia’s Liquidity Glut

ASIA'S LIQUIDITY SURPLUS: TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING?   By Shu-Ching Jean Chen   Top finance officials in Asia are eager to mitigate the debilitating effects of hot money flooding to the region. Corporations are less concerned .   ...

Award Winners

Best Banks For Liquidity Management

Best Banks for Liquidity Management North America J.P. Morgan In 2010, J.P. Morgan Treasury Services rolled out the bank’s “integrated global liquidity platform,” J.P. Morgan ACCESS Liquidity Solutions, which provides customers with an overview of their global multicurrency cash and ...

Best Bank For Cash Management

Best Bank for Cash Management: Global Winner Global Citi Citi’s Global Transaction Services division invests $1 billion annually in technology in an effort not only to keep up to speed with customers’ needs but to preempt their future requirements, particularly ...

Emerging Markets Roundup

DRs: Chinese Firms Believe In US IPO Market

EMERGING MARKETS INVESTOR: DR NEWS   By Anita Hawser   The wave of Chinese companies opting to list on American exchanges continues with a China-based manufacturer of rare-earth coated and prestressed building materials for roads and bridges issuing five million ...

EM: Bovespa Eyes Other BRIC Markets

EMERGING MARKETS INVESTOR: NEWS   By Anita Hawser   As the world’s key stock exchanges engage in a flurry of mergers aimed at cutting costs and boosting efficiency, Brazil’s BM&F; Bovespa—the fourth largest exchange operator in the world—is looking to ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: Africa

ROUNDUP: AFRICA   By Antonio Guerrero   Plans for launching a single West African currency by 2015, to be known as the Eco, are being thwarted by members’ failure to meet the program’s criteria.   Zuma: Calling for help Five ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: Brazil

ROUNDUP: BRAZIL   By Antonio Guerrero   Healthy demand for Brazilian equities is driving a rush to list on Brazil’s BM&F; Bovespa Stock Exchange.   BM&F; Bovespa: Business is booming With corporations showing an appetite for raising cash to finance ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: China

ROUNDUP: CHINA   By Thomas Clouse   China imported $144 billion in goods in January, an increase of 51% over January 2010. The country’s exports also rose rapidly, growing 38% year-on-year to $151 billion.   Drought: Farmers suffer The resulting ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: India

ROUNDUP: INDIA   By Aaron Chaze   The Indian government’s Central Statistical Office (CSO) unveiled a new consumer price index that it says will measure inflation more accurately.   Stepping up: India’s mobiles get boost The government currently uses the ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: Middle East

ROUNDUP: MIDDLE EAST   By Anita Hawser   In the wake of the political and social unrest that has been sweeping across the Middle East following the downfall of the Tunisian and Egyptian leaders, ratings agencies are preparing to issue ...

Company To Watch: Industrias Bachoco / Mexico

INDUSTRIAS BACHOCO: POULTRY PRODUCER OFFERS PROTECTION IN TROUBLED MARKET   By Anita Hawser   In times of uncertainty investors often turn to so-called defensive stocks, and Mexico poultry producer Industrias Bachoco is certainly that.   Despite other problems that may ...

Milestones

US: Cash-Poor States Eye Corporate Tax Hikes

MILESTONES: UNITED STATES   By Denise Bedell   As budget season for US State and municipal authorities pushes into high gear, and as hedge funds and money managers begin touting the potential value of distressed municipal bonds,US-based corporations may find themselves ...

Corporate Finance

FX: Concerns Linger After Currency War

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: FOREIGN EXCHANGE   By Matt Greco   Things may not look quite as bleak as they did a couple of months ago when there was talk—however irresponsible—of currency wars as trade war by other means, but international ...

Newsmakers

Global: Pushing For Mainstream Sustainability Reporting

NEWSMAKERS: GLOBAL   By Anita Hawser   Ligteringen: “Measure what you need to manage” “We are urging all companies to look systematically at their environmental,social and economic results,” says Ernst Ligteringen, CEO of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), which provides ...

Thailand / Cambodia: Border Dispute And Asean’s Role

NEWSMAKERS: THAILAND/CAMBODIA   By Thomas Clouse   Thai PM, Abhisit Vejjajiva The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) passed a crucial test last month after fighting that had erupted along a disputed border between Thailand and Cambodia resulted in at ...