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Who Will Save The Global Economy?

COVER STORY: STAYING AFLOAT By Laurence Neville With emerging markets economies just holding their own in the face of the crises in the developed world, they are unlikely to be able to pull the world out of the latest economic ...

Features

FX Supplement: Who’s Who In Foreign Exchange

WHO’S WHO By Gordon Platt Who’s who in foreign exchange. MOHAMED EL AROUSSI Arab African International Bank Head of FX desk Mohamed El Aroussi has been head of the foreign exchange desk at Arab African International Bank (AAIB) in Cairo ...

Emerging Markets Roundup

Who Will Save The Global Economy?

COVER STORY: STAYING AFLOAT By Laurence Neville With emerging markets economies just holding their own in the face of the crises in the developed world, they are unlikely to be able to pull the world out of the latest economic ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: Russia

PUTIN PRESIDENCY RUN FACES LITTLE OPPOSITION By Kim Iskyan Following much speculation on whether current Russian president Dmitry Medvedev or Prime Minister and former president Vladimir Putin would run for president in March 2012, Medvedev announced in late September that ...

EM Infrastructure Needs Triple By 2030

MILESTONES: EMERGING MARKETS By Gordon Platt Demand for infrastructure in emerging markets will reach $1 trillion annually through 2030, triple the level of the previous two decades, with Asia accounting for the lion’s share, according to a study of 40 ...

Equity/DRs: Record Global IPO Pipeline

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: GLOBAL EQUITY/DRS By Gordon Platt The global pipeline of planned initial public offerings has grown to record proportions, with 332 companies waiting to issue IPOs valued at a total of $183 billion, according to Renaissance Capital, based ...

FX: Dollar Bulls Continue To Rampage

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: FOREIGN EXCHANGE By Gordon Platt The dollar rose to an eight-month high against the euro in early October, as a further delay of Greek aid and concerns about the health of Europe’s banks gave the greenback an ...

DR News: Indian GDRs Suffered In 2010

EMERGING MARKETS INVESTOR: DR NEWS By Gordon Platt Investors lost money in 85% of the 40 global depositary receipts (GDRs) issued by Indian companies in 2010, according to an analysis by Crisil Research, a credit rating firm majority-owned by Standard ...

EM News: EM Corporate Debt Offers Yield

EMERGING MARKETS INVESTOR: NEWS By Gordon Platt Investors are showing increasing interest in emerging markets’ corporate bonds, which offer diversification and better yields, according to a report by Bank of America Merrill Lynch. The firm held an emerging markets investor ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: Africa

BOOSTING SME AGRICULTURE INVESTMENT By Antonio Guerrero The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has partnered with several non-profit organizations to launch the African Agricultural Capital Fund (AACF). New fund will stimulate agriculture sector The fund aims to boost ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: Brazil

NEW OIL FIELDS TO ATTRACT BIG INVESTMENT By Antonio Guerrero Brazilian authorities remain optimistic that they will be able to sign an agreement with Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn Technology, the world’s largest contract electronics producer, for a $12 billion investment plan ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: China

CHINESE FIRMS HEAD FOR GLOBAL EXPANSION By Thomas Clouse Several Chinese companies have picked up assets in overseas markets in recent weeks, with energy and raw material industries leading the way. Tiangong-1 on the launch pad In two of the ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: India

DECLINING SALES HIT INDIAN AUTO INDUSTRY By Aaron Chaze The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) has significantly lowered the growth forecast for car sales in the domestic market for fiscal 2012 from between 10% and 12% to between 2% ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: Middle East

DUBAI’S NEW BUSINESS LAW COULD STIMULATE INVESTMENT By Gordon Platt A new law governing corporate activity in the UAE should cut red tape for investors and make it easier for companies operating in the emirate’s free zones to set up ...

FX Supplement: Currency Wars: Changing Tactics

CURRENCY WARS By Gordon Platt Battle Tactics Change With Global Slowdown. Chandler, Brown Brothers Harriman: The lingering US and European crises are casting a pall over global capital markets When the global economy seemed securely on track for a steady ...

FX Supplement: Dollar Reserve Currency Still Reigns

SAME OLD, SAME OLD By Denise Bedell The US dollar will remain the world’s reserve currency of choice as long as there is no credible alternative. There have long been calls for a new currency to take the place of ...

Country Report: Brazil

SEARCHING FOR BALANCED SOLUTIONS By Antonio Guerrero Investors are awaiting the outcome of recent rate cuts in Brazil. Whether it will prove proactive or premature remains to be seen. Citing a substantial deterioration in the global economy, Brazil’s central bank ...

Sector Report: Mining

GO WITH GOLD By Michael Shari Runaway gold prices are empowering mining companies to finance themselves—and forcing banks to innovate, providing opportunities for investors that are willing to take on more complex risk. Kinross Gold has sworn off the capital ...

Global Salon

Global Finance Salon

POLITICAL STALEMATE CRIPPLES BOTH US AND EUROPE By Vanessa Drucker In the first of a new ongoing series, Global Finance sits down with Jason Trennert, managing partner and chief investment strategist at Strategas Research Partners. Trennert, Strategas Research Partners: The ...

Stars of China

Report And Awards: The Stars Of China

YIN AND YANG By Thomas Clouse China continues to sidestep major global economic woes, with its growth rate expected to hover close to 10%. However, the country faces its own unique set of challenges in effectively securing continued strength and ...

The Stars Of China: Banks

By Thomas Clouse BANKS BEST CITY COMMERCIAL Bank of Jiangsu Bank of Jiangsu is reportedly awaiting regulatory approval for its much-anticipated IPO, but the Nanjing-based lender has not let the wait impede its efforts to add innovative products and services. ...

The Stars Of China: Companies

By Thomas Clouse COMPANIES AUTOMOBILES Chery International After years of torrid growth, China’s automobile market slowed significantly this year, with light vehicle sales up only 5% year-on-year in the first eight months, according to figures from J.D. Power. Chery International, ...

Milestones

EM Infrastructure Needs Triple By 2030

MILESTONES: EMERGING MARKETS By Gordon Platt Demand for infrastructure in emerging markets will reach $1 trillion annually through 2030, triple the level of the previous two decades, with Asia accounting for the lion’s share, according to a study of 40 ...

Madeira Debts Add To Portuguese Concerns

MILESTONES: PORTUGAL By Matt Greco With the government of Portugal announcing one austerity measure after another to meet IMF-imposed budgetary guidelines and as the rating agencies hack away at the credit-worthiness of the country’s financial institutions, new revelations of more ...

Strong Investor Interest In Irish Bonds

MILESTONES: IRELAND By Matt Greco In Ireland each day’s financial developments seem to bring either a positive surprise or a mild disappointment. Irish four- and eight-year bond sales in September generated the greatest one-day increase in price in international bond ...

Corporate Finance

Debt: Europe’s Debt Hits US High-Yield

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: CORPORATE DEBT By Gordon Platt US government bond yields hit record lows in September, yet investors passed up big yields on corporate HY. Even as yields on US government bonds fell to record lows on safe-haven demand ...

Equity/DRs: Record Global IPO Pipeline

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: GLOBAL EQUITY/DRS By Gordon Platt The global pipeline of planned initial public offerings has grown to record proportions, with 332 companies waiting to issue IPOs valued at a total of $183 billion, according to Renaissance Capital, based ...

FX: Dollar Bulls Continue To Rampage

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: FOREIGN EXCHANGE By Gordon Platt The dollar rose to an eight-month high against the euro in early October, as a further delay of Greek aid and concerns about the health of Europe’s banks gave the greenback an ...

M&A: Japanese Steelmakers Merge

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS By Gordon Platt Nippon Steel, Japan’s largest steelmaker, is acquiring rival Sumitomo Metal Industries to create the world’s second largest steel producer, at a time when global competition in the steel industry is putting ...

Newsmakers

Carney A Strong Candidate To Head The Financial Stability Board

NEWSMAKERS: CANADA By Joel Kranc In late September, the international financial community was abuzz with the news that Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase, had publicly chided the head of a central bank over his views; views that might radically ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: Russia

PUTIN PRESIDENCY RUN FACES LITTLE OPPOSITION By Kim Iskyan Following much speculation on whether current Russian president Dmitry Medvedev or Prime Minister and former president Vladimir Putin would run for president in March 2012, Medvedev announced in late September that ...

Fischer Still Seeking New Employment

NEWSMAKERS: ISRAEL By David Lipkin Former French finance minister Christine Lagarde may have secured the top job at the Washington-based International Monetary Fund (IMF), but some fund insiders are still gunning for Stanley Fischer, governor of the Central Bank of ...

Kudrin’s Shoes Will Be Hard To Fill

NEWSMAKERS: RUSSIA By Kim Iskyan Investors have long viewed Russian finance minister Alexei Kudrin as the country’s second-most-important policymaker—and the primary reason for the dramatic turnaround in Russia’s macroeconomic position over the past decade. Alexei Kudrin refuses to serve in ...

Trichet Exits From ECB

NEWSMAKERS: EUROPE By Anita Hawser At the press conference that followed the European Central Bank’s Governing Council meeting on October 6 in Berlin, few would have guessed that it was Jean-Claude Trichet’s last meeting as ECB president. Jean-Claude Trichet, defender ...

Volcker Rule Takes Shape As Nettlesome For Banks

NEWSMAKERS: US/GLOBAL By Gordon Platt US regulators moved closer last month to adopting the controversial Volcker Rule, which could force big banks to hold on to some trades for two months and to limit their investments in hedge funds, among ...

Additional Stories

Company To Watch: Alfa / Mexico

ALFA GROUP GROWS THROUGH ACQUISITIONS By Gordon Platt Monterrey-based Alfa, one of Mexico’s largest industrial groups, has four business lines, comprising petrochemicals, aluminum auto parts, processed food and telecommunications. Earlier this year it became the sole shareholder of Mexican telecom ...

FX Supplement: China’s Lofty Ambitions For The Renminbi

CHINA’S LOFTY AMBITIONS FOR THE RENMINBI By Gordon Platt The Chinese government continues to make strides in internationalizing its currency. Qu, HSBC: Domestic demand should support 8.5% to 9% growth in the coming quarters Every long march starts with a ...

FX Supplement: Introduction: Déjà Vu All Over Again

DÉJÀ VU ALL OVER AGAIN Some analysts say that 2011 is beginning to look a lot like 2008, with Europe’s debt crisis morphing into a bank solvency crisis with global ramifications. So far, the foreign exchange market—the world’s largest trading ...

FX Supplement: Is The Euro Crumbling?

IS THE EURO CRUMBLING? By Gordon Platt Major reform is needed, but whether the political will is there to make large scale changes remains to be seen. The alternative may be the end of the eurozone as it now exists. ...

Country Report: Lebanon

WAIT AND SEE By Justin Keay Lebanon has tumbled from its economic boom in 2010. Investors are holding back to see how the new government fares. So far, its reform progress is less than impressive. But with the central bank ...

Islamic Finance Goes Global

NEW HORIZONS By Anita Hawser Islamic Finance is growing beyond traditional borders to encompass new markets worldwide. The Islamic finance industry emerged relatively unscathed from the 2008 financial crisis —touting itself as an alternative to the leverage and greed that ...

Roundtable: Custody & Investors’ Svcs

AWAITING CLARITY Moderated by Joseph D. Giarraputo Leading figures in the world of custody and investors’ services discuss how they are helping clients cope with new regulations and take advantage of the opportunities this presents. Joseph D. Giarraputo, publisher, Global ...

Roundtable: Supply Chain Finance

COLLABORATION GROWS Moderated by Anita Hawser Companies and their banks are working together to develop finance solutions encompassing the entire supply chain. Anita Hawser: How are current market conditions impacting the development of Supply Chain Finance (SCF)? Eric Lemmens, global ...

Special Report: Sepa

THE JOURNEY BEGINS By Denise Bedell Upcoming end-dates for Sepa migration prompt companies to begin planning projects. Corporates in Europe are facing the inevitability of Sepa compliance in or around 2014—when end-dates for migration from domestic legacy direct debit systems ...

World’s Best Banks Awards Ceremony

AWARDS CEREMONY: LOCATION WASHINGTON DC Global Finance held its annual best banks awards ceremony at Washington’s National Press Club on September 26. The event happened during the annual meetings of the IMF and World Bank. Over 200 financial leaders from ...