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Cover Story: World’s Best Banks 2009

Global Finance unveils its annual list of the best global, regional and country banks.   By Gordon Platt   Much has changed in the banking world over the past year—although not as much as might have been expected at the ...

Features

Features : World’s Biggest Banks

Global Finance ranks the world’s 50 biggest banks, as measured by total assets.   By Dan Keeler   This past year has seen a stunning reversal in the fortunes of the world’s biggest banks. After a flurry of eye-popping write-offs ...

Features: Spotlight: Business Continuity

Preparing For The Worst   Multinationals are reassessing their business continuity plans as the global economic turmoil continues.   By Paula L. Green   In an increasingly intertwined business world with far-flung supply chains stretching across myriad time zones and ...

Features: World’s Safest Banks

THE WORLD’S SAFEST BANKS 2009   Global Finance selects the world’s safest banks, the 50 institutions with the highest ratings from the leading international credit ratings agencies.   By Dan Keeler   After two tumultuous years that saw many of ...

Award Winners

Features : Best In Class 2009

A selection of Global Finance’s best bank awards from the past year.   BEST FOREIGN EXCHANGE PROVIDERS   BEST DERIVATIVES PROVIDERS   BEST SUB-CUSTODIANS   BEST ISLAMIC FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS   BEST TREASURY & CASH MANAGEMENT PROVIDERS   BEST TRADE FINANCE ...

Features : Central Banker Report Cards 2009

During one of the toughest years on record, the world’s central bankers were tested as never before.   Contributors: Gordon Platt, Antonio Guerrero, Anita Hawser and Dan Keeler   It is clear that 2009 is not a year on which ...

Emerging Markets Roundup

Emerging Markets: Africa

Roundup   By Antonio Guerrero   Trade between Africa and China is slowing Africa has emerged as one of the key casualties of the global economic slowdown, after newly released figures show its exports to China plummeted this year. Trade ...

Emerging Markets: Brazil

Roundup   By Antonio Guerrero   Banco Santander floats its Brazilian operations in IPO Banco Santander in September launched a much-awaited IPO of its Brazilian unit, in a deal expected to raise more than $5 billion—one of the world’s largest ...

Emerging Markets: China

Roundup   By Thomas Clouse   WTO ruling forces China to lift import tax on car parts Despite witnessing a massive surge in lending, China will maintain its relatively loose monetary policy, China’s central bank says. Chinese banks granted 7.4 ...

Emerging Markets: India

Roundup   By Aaron Chaze   India faces water shortages as summer rains fail India’s farmers face another tough year as it becomes clear that the southwest monsoon, which usually provides 70%-80% of India’s annual rainfall, has failed this year. ...

Emerging Markets: Middle East

Roundup   By Gordon Platt   Futuristic: Dubai’s new metro should ease traffic congestion Jordan and Iraq signed a free trade agreement in Baghdad on September 3 that will expand already fast-growing trade between the neighboring countries. Jordan’s prime minister ...

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Country Report

Features: Country Report: China

THE NEXT GREAT LEAP FORWARD   Ample liquidity and a bold government stimulus package have catapulted China past stumbling rival economies.   By Thomas Clouse   China is showing few symptoms of an economic crisis. While many of the world’s ...

Milestones

Milestones: Global Currency Could Smooth Out Volatility

Global Anita Hawser Hillier-Brook: Currency already has potential users The campaign to depose the dollar as the global reserve currency has grown significantly stronger with the publication of a United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) report outlining the ...

Corporate Finance

Corporate Finance Focus: M&A

By Gordon Platt   Sovereign wealth funds could play a big supporting role as global mergers and acquisitions try to get back on track following a dramatic slowdown in M&A; activity during the credit crisis and global recession. While they ...

Newsmakers

Newsmakers: Potential Lula Successor Clears Legal Hurdle

Brazil   Antonio Guerrero   Palocci: Stillfacing more corruption allegatio ns Former Brazilian finance minister Antonio Palocci has won a political victory after the country‘s Supreme Court dismissed charges that he violated bank secrecy laws. The ruling could put Palocci, ...

Newsmakers: UK Regulator Lashes Out At Bankers

United Kingdom   Justin Keay   Turner: City of London engages in “socially useless activity” A year has passed since the near implosion of the world’s financial system, and intelligent opinion in Britain remains divided between those wanting the City ...