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Cover Story : Trying Times

THE WORLD BANK The World Bank’s struggle to redefine its role in a globalized economy has raised a fundamental question: Do we really need a World Bank? No sooner had the dust settled after the controversial departure of the World ...

Features

Features : Aiming To Please

COUNTRY REPORT / PHILIPPINES Schleimer: The Clean Air Act could be used to regulate greenhouse gases With the May general election safely behind it, the Philippine government hopes to use the next three years of relative political quietude to move ...

Features : Balancing Act

COUNTRY REPORT / BRAZIL Buffeted by the shockwaves from the US subprime mortgage crisis, Brazil has to steer a steady course if it is to keep its economic development on track. Buffeted by the shockwaves from the US subprime mortgage ...

Features : Central Banker Report Cards 2007

ANNUAL SURVEY / CENTRAL BANKER REPORT CARDS Individually, many of the world’s leading central bankers seemed to be in disarray after the subprime debacle began to unfold in mid-2007. As a group, though, they acted with remarkably unity. The central ...

Features : Collateral Damage

FOCUS / TERRORISM FUNDING Legislation aimed at cracking down on funding for terrorists is having some damaging side effects for banks and businesses. Kochan: It may be a fallacy that banks can anticipate terrorist financing. Following the attacks of September ...

Features : In For The Long Haul

ANALYSIS / INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING Many Asian countries desperately need to upgrade their infrastructure while cash-rich private equity funds are scouring the region for long-term investments. Is this a match made in heaven? Nag: We can only meet a small fraction ...

Features : Seeking Out Growth

REGIONAL REPORT / NORDIC BANKING As Nordic banks look further outside their home markets for growth, the rewards—and also the risks—are increasing. Over the past few years, banks in the Nordic region have benefited from highly favorable economic conditions across ...

Features : The World’s Safest Banks 2007

ANNUAL SURVEY/ WORLD’S SAFEST BANKS Global Finance selects the world’s safest banks, the 50 institutions with the highest ratings from the leading international credit ratings agencies. Images of customers queuing to withdraw their savings from Britain’s Northern Rock bank this ...

Features : World’s Best Banks

ANNUAL SURVEY / WORLD’S BEST BANKS At a time when the world economic outlook is more uncertain than it has been in years, the banking industry finds itself at the vortex of a financial market storm that originated in subprime ...

Emerging Markets Roundup

Cover Story : Trying Times

THE WORLD BANK The World Bank’s struggle to redefine its role in a globalized economy has raised a fundamental question: Do we really need a World Bank? No sooner had the dust settled after the controversial departure of the World ...

Features : Balancing Act

COUNTRY REPORT / BRAZIL Buffeted by the shockwaves from the US subprime mortgage crisis, Brazil has to steer a steady course if it is to keep its economic development on track. Buffeted by the shockwaves from the US subprime mortgage ...

Features : In For The Long Haul

ANALYSIS / INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING Many Asian countries desperately need to upgrade their infrastructure while cash-rich private equity funds are scouring the region for long-term investments. Is this a match made in heaven? Nag: We can only meet a small fraction ...

Emerging Markets : EM Buyers Sitting On Long-Term Gains

NEWS Foreign institutional buyers who purchased emerging market equities to realize value from long-term investments are not exiting their positions, despite increased volatility in global markets, according to a leading broker in the markets. There has been no increase in ...

Emerging Markets : Growth Races Ahead

INDIA Organized retail is growing in India. India’s economic growth continues apace. For the April-June 2007 quarter, which is the first for the Indian fiscal year, GDP growth was 9.3%—up marginally from the previous quarter’s growth, which came in at ...

Emerging Markets : Investors Cheer As Rules Are Relaxed

CHINA On the rise: China's rule changes have boosted Hong Kong's markets. China has further relaxed constraints on the investment industry, saying it will, for the first time, allow private citizens to invest individually in the Hong Kong stock market. ...

Emerging Markets : Putin’s Choice For PM Baffles Observers

RUSSIA Zubkov: Putin's surprise favorite to take over as prime minister. In a long-overdue cabinet shuffle, Russian prime minister Mikhail Fradkov submitted his resignation on September 12. Hours later president Vladimir Putin nominated the relatively unknown head of the federal ...

Emerging Markets : Quest For Investment Grade Gathers Pace

BRAZIL Some 50% of respondents to a Merrill Lynch emerging market investor survey in August said they were bullish on Brazil. Reaching a similar conclusion, rival Morgan Stanley predicts Brazilian markets will see further upside, despite recent US market turbulence, ...

Emerging Markets : Rebuilding India’s Infrastructure

COMPANY TO WATCH: LARSEN & TOUBRO/INDIA Engineering and construction conglomerate Larsen & Toubro, one of India’s largest listed companies, has evolved into a multinational corporation with offices in 30 countries, a growing order book in the Middle East, and manufacturing ...

Emerging Markets : Russia’s Power Utility Spins Off Generators

DR NEWS Russia’s national power utility OAO Unified Energy System has completed the spin-off of two power-generation units, OGK-5 and TGK-5, completing the first part of the government’s plan to break up the company. UES, the former power monopoly, also ...

The World's Best Banks

Features : Central Banker Report Cards 2007

ANNUAL SURVEY / CENTRAL BANKER REPORT CARDS Individually, many of the world’s leading central bankers seemed to be in disarray after the subprime debacle began to unfold in mid-2007. As a group, though, they acted with remarkably unity. The central ...

Features : The World’s Safest Banks 2007

ANNUAL SURVEY/ WORLD’S SAFEST BANKS Global Finance selects the world’s safest banks, the 50 institutions with the highest ratings from the leading international credit ratings agencies. Images of customers queuing to withdraw their savings from Britain’s Northern Rock bank this ...

Features : World’s Best Banks

ANNUAL SURVEY / WORLD’S BEST BANKS At a time when the world economic outlook is more uncertain than it has been in years, the banking industry finds itself at the vortex of a financial market storm that originated in subprime ...

Milestones

Milestones : Latin American Markets Ride Out Global Turmoil

LATIN AMERICA Lipsky: Sounds a warning. When the meltdown in US subprime mortgages triggered forecasts of a possible US recession, unleashing global credit and money market volatility, Latin America proved to be relatively insulated from the debacle. Though initially shaken, ...

Milestones : No Credit Crunch Here

CHINA Feeling the squeeze: Chinas shoppers face swiftly growing prices. China’s central bank increased reserve requirements for the seventh time this year in September in a losing battle to control the growth in bank credit. Outstanding loans were up 16.6% ...

Milestones : Oil Firm Ipo Sets Stage For More Share Issues

COLOMBIA Ecopetrol's Cartagena oil refinery. The Colombian energy sector entered a new investor-friendly era with the late-August IPO of Ecopetrol, the state-owned oil company. Ecopetrol is Colombia’s largest corporation, with income of around $18 billion in 2006. The issue was ...

Milestones : Sepa Rollout Faces More Hurdles

EUROPE Desmares: Corporates cool on SEPA. Businesses and public sector organizations operating in Europe have until 2010 to abandon existing national payment instruments and adopt new pan-European credit transfer and direct debits. At least that is the central tenet of ...

Corporate Finance

Corporate Finance : Commercial Paper Market Dries Up

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS / CORPORATE DEBT The market for short-term corporate IOUs, or commercial paper, has continued to shrink in recent weeks amid the spreading credit crunch, putting more pressure on traditional bank credit lines. Commercial paper outstanding in the ...

Corporate Finance : Deals Still Getting Done, But They Are Smaller

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS The global credit crunch appears to be having a major impact on the size and financing of takeovers, where cash deals for much smaller targets are increasingly the rule. The biggest announced M&A; transaction worldwide in August ...

Newsmakers

Newsmakers : New Leader Details Economic Revival Strategy

JAMAICA Golding: Ambitious economic plans. Newly sworn-in Jamaican prime minister Bruce Golding is seeking ways to kick-start the island’s sluggish economy and tackle mounting social pressures over escalating unemployment and crime rates (his own forecasts predict 1,300 murders this year ...

Newsmakers : The Maestro Strikes A Chord

UNITED STATES Alan Greenspan: Introducing his own turbulence to the markets. Talk about good timing. Alan Greenspan’s memoirs, entitled The Age of Turbulence, topped the bestseller list at Amazon.com last month as volatility continued to rattle global financial markets and ...

Newsmakers : Trichet Urges Better Risk Control

EUROPE Trichet: Questions investors' reliance on credit ratings. The subprime mortgage crisis in the US has forced the president of the European Central Bank (ECB) to speak out about the new sources of risk being created by the market’s appetite ...