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Corporate Life And Pensions Rebound

RISK MANAGEMENT   By Karen Kroll   Corporate life and pensions insurance is regaining strength as economic conditions improve.   The US market for corporate- and bank-owned life insurance (COLI and BOLI, respectively) and corporate supplemental pension plans—or “top hat” plans—are ...

Latin America: Dark Days

REGIONAL REPORT: ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE   By Antonio Guerrero   Vast investments in energy infrastructure are needed in the region not only to bring more of the current population onto the grid, but also to ensure that capacity meets demand, going forward.   When ...

Regional Focus: The Levant

WHEN WILL A NEW SUN RISE?   By Justin Keay   The Levant region is plagued with political instability and unrest. But there are pockets of economic strength and inklings of long-term development.   According to the Collins English Dictionary, the word Levant ...

SEPA: Time To Cut Corners?

SPECIAL REPORT: SEPA MIGRATION   By Rebecca Brace   Companies could face fines or even criminal charges if they do not reach SEPA compliance by next February. Some may look to outsourcing or conversion services to make the deadline.   As the February ...

World’s Safest Commercial Banks 2013

PRIVATE-SECTOR SUPERSTARS   By Andrew Cunningham   Banks from Australia, Canada and Singapore dominate the list of the Top 10 Safest Commercial Banks.   State-owned banks and those that enjoy some form of sponsorship from government or regional organizations have always occupied the ...

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Italy: Will Letta Get The Boot?

NEWSMAKERS By Valentina Pasquali Against all odds, a broad-based coalition of the center-left and the center-right remains at the helm of crisis-beleaguered Italy. The unlikely assortment of ministers from the Democratic Party (Partito Democratico-PD) and the People of Freedom (Popolo ...

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Corporate Finance

Equity: Coming Out Party

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS By Gordon Platt Led by growth companies in the technology and healthcare sectors, investor returns on initial public offerings were exceptionally strong in the third quarter, particularly in the US markets. Analysts expect the fourth quarter to ...

M&A: China And The Good Earth

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS By Gordon Platt From a supergiant oil field in Kazakhstan to the world’s largest producer of potash fertilizer in Russia to an African iron mine, China has scooped up stakes in major resource and agricultural companies ...

Corporate Debt Hits The Heights

CORPORATE FINANCE FOCUS   By Gordon Platt   Apple’s $17 billion corporate bond offering in April was the largest in history at the time, but it was dwarfed by Verizon’s $49 billion bond offering in September. Investment-grade US corporations sold ...

Emerging Markets Roundup

Africa: Chad's Pipeline Dreams

EMERGING MARKETS ROUNDUP By Antonio Guerrero Despite declining oil output levels in recent years, Chad is expecting to triple production by 2015 as new oilfields near Lake Chad begin operations. Output is forecasted to rise to 200,000 barrels per ...

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Foreign Exchange 2013: Measuring Up

The foreign exchange market, the largest asset class in the world, is continuing to grow and evolve. Globally, FX trading averaged $5.3 trillion a day in April 2013, up from $4 trillion per day in April 2010 and $3 ...

Foreign Exchange 2013: Who’s Who

Global Finance’s annual list of the most important players in forex.   By Gordon Platt   BMO Capital Markets CJ Gavsie Managing director and global head of foreign exchange products and China capital markets Gavsie is responsible for BMO’s global ...