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World Beaters: Best Banks 2010

COVER STORY: ANNUAL SURVEY – WORLD'S BEST BANKS 2010 By Gordon Platt Global Finance unveils its annual list of the best banks globally, regionally and by country. Investors, depositors and corporations are concerned about the health of banks in Europe ...

Emerging Markets Roundup

IMF And World Bank Lurch Into Conflict Over Emerging Markets

NEWSMAKERS: GLOBAL By Michael Shari As finance ministers and top executives of the world's largest banks converge in Washington for the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank this month, a simmering diplomatic conflict between the ...

Resource Battle Turns To Potash

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS - MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS By Gordon Platt The cross-border battle for global resources is now focused on potash, with BHP Billiton's $43 billion hostile bid for Saskatoon-based Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan, the world's largest producer of the ...

Asia’s Banks Take The Lead

EM REGIONAL BANKING FOCUS: ASIA By Michael Shari A consistent focus on traditional-style banking has enabled Asia's financial giants to emerge from the recent crisis in fine fettle. On any given day at Shanghai Pudong International Airport, squadrons of arriving ...

Brazilians Develop Taste for Chilean Wines

EMERGING MARKETS INVESTOR: COMPANY TO WATCH By Gordon Platt Viña Concho y Toro, the largest wine exporter in Chile, recently signed a global marketing agreement with Manchester United Football Club in England—although maybe it should have signed with the Brazilian ...

Country Report: Turkey

STAYING THE COURSE By Gordon Platt Turkey has bounced back from a sharp economic contraction to become one of the region’s best performers. Its prospects are brighter than ever. Turkey's constitutional referendum last month gave a boost to prime minister ...

Emerging Markets Investor

EMERGING MARKETS INVESTOR: NEWS By Gordon Platt India's equity market indices have gained more than 80% since early 2009, but the market lacks depth and breadth, with a high concentration of trading in a few top companies, according to a ...

Emerging Markets: Africa

ROUNDUP By Antonio Guerrero Uneasy balance: Mugabe (right) and Tsvangirai still have issues with power sharing South Africa's state-owned development lender Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) plans to issue bonds and sell an estimated $3.6 billion worth of its listed shares ...

Emerging Markets: Brazil

ROUNDUP By Antonio Guerrero With Brazil's economy expected to grow at around 7% this year and borrowing costs declining, Brazilian companies are seeking financing for their expansion plans. MMX, a leading metals and mining company, hopes to raise $2.2 billion ...

Emerging Markets: China

ROUNDUP By Thomas Clouse The real deal: Insurers now have the chance to invest China's most recent economic figures show policymakers' efforts to reign in the property market without derailing the country's economic recovery are achieving mixed results. Industrial production, ...

Emerging Markets: India

ROUNDUP By Aaron Chaze With its fifth rate rise of the year India's central bank, the Reserve Bank of India, launched another attack on inflation last month. The bank upped its key rate to 6.0% from 5.75% in the face ...

Emerging Markets: Middle East

ROUNDUP By Gordon Platt The six member countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) agreed at a meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, last month to postpone a planned customs union for several additional years. At the exceptional meeting of ministers ...

Emerging Markets: Russia

ROUNDUP By Kim Iskyan Inflation has in recent weeks climbed rapidly up the macroeconomic agenda in Russia, as the summer's wildfires and drought throughout the country decimated grain crops and triggered sharp price hikes. Inflation has long been the Achilles' ...

Holding Steady

ANNUAL SURVEY: CENTRAL BANKER REPORT CARDS by Gordon Platt, Antonio Guerrero and Dan Keeler Central bankers sit tight in the face of renewed global uncertainty. Indications that the global economic recovery is losing momentum have created a new set of ...

SIBOS: Remittances

BANKS MAKE A BID FOR A GROWING MARKET By Anita Hawser Technological innovations and the rapid acceleration of globalization are driving a sharp increase in banks' interest in the remittances market. We are on the cusp of something significant," says ...

World Beaters

COVER STORY: ANNUAL SURVEY – WORLD'S BEST BANKS 2010 By Gordon Platt Global Finance unveils its annual list of the best banks globally, regionally and by country. Investors, depositors and corporations are concerned about the health of banks in Europe ...

The World's Safest Banks

World’s Safest Banks 2010

ANNUAL SURVEY: SAFEST BANKS by Dan Keeler Global Finance selects the world's safest banks—the 50 institutions with the highest ratings from the leading international credit ratings agencies—and the safest banks in seven regions. It is a measure of how much ...

Milestones

The Great Recession Lives Up To Its Name

MILESTONES: UNITED STATES By Gordon Platt It's official. The US recession that came to be known as the Great Recession is over. In fact, it's been over for more than a year, having officially ended in June 2009, according to ...

Asia’s Financial Centers Gain Ground On Rivals

MILESTONES: GLOBAL By Anita Hawser Hong Kong: One of the world’s top-three finance centers London and New York can rest easy. Despite the Dodd-Frank Act and other regulatory measures that threaten to split up banks, curb bankers' bonuses and limit ...

Poor Gain Better Access To Financial Services

MILESTONES: GLOBAL By Antonio Guerrero Despite the fact that 60% of the world's economies posted a drop in real per capita income last year, access to formal financial services in developing countries grew. According to "Financial Access 2010," a survey ...

Corporate Finance

Economic Slowdown Could Benefit Dollar

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS - FOREIGN EXCHANGE By Gordon Platt The world economic recovery may be slowing more rapidly than previously expected, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Growth in the Group of Seven developed economies will slow ...

High-Yield Bond Issuance Surges

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS — CORPORATE DEBT By Gordon Platt August was supposed to be a sleepy month in the high-yield debt market, but it turned out to be anything but quiet. Total high-yield issuance in the US for the month ...

Petrobras Sale Clears Way for IPOs

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS — GLOBAL EQUITY/DRS By Gordon Platt Petrobras, Brazil's state-run oil company, was scheduled to come to market with $35 billion of shares as Global Finance went to press. That would make the sale the world's largest equity ...

Resource Battle Turns To Potash

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS - MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS By Gordon Platt The cross-border battle for global resources is now focused on potash, with BHP Billiton's $43 billion hostile bid for Saskatoon-based Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan, the world's largest producer of the ...

Newsmakers

IMF And World Bank Lurch Into Conflict Over Emerging Markets

NEWSMAKERS: GLOBAL By Michael Shari As finance ministers and top executives of the world's largest banks converge in Washington for the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank this month, a simmering diplomatic conflict between the ...

Kan Sees Off Leadership Challenge

NEWSMAKERS: JAPAN By Thomas Clouse Ozawa: Failed to unseat Japan’s prime minister Japanese prime minister Naoto Kan retained leadership of his political party and the country after political powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa unsuccessfully challenged him for his position in a vote ...

Rating Upgrade Opens Door To Costa Rica Bond Issue

NEWSMAKERS: COSTA RICA By Dan Keeler With the ink still wet on a Moody's rating upgrade from Ba1 to Baa3 investment grade, Costa Rica has revealed it is considering a bond issue in the near future. José Rossi, chairman of ...

Additional Stories

Best In Class 2010

ANNUAL SURVEY: WORLD’S BEST BANKS A selection from Global Finance’s best banks awards from the past year. BEST FOREIGN EXCHANGE PROVIDERS BEST DERIVATIVES PROVIDERS BEST SUB-CUSTODIANS BEST SUB-CUSTODIANS (cont.) BEST ISLAMIC FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS BEST TREASURY & CASH MANAGEMENT PROVIDERS BEST ...

Country Focus: Peru

SECOND ACT By Antonio Guerrero In his second term, Peru’s president Alan Garcia is making amends for the shambles he left his country in after his first term. Peruvian president Alan Garcia is leading one of the world's most impressive ...

Global Outperformers

EM REGIONAL BANKING FOCUS: LATIN AMERICA By Denise Bedell Latin America is a hotbed of growth, presenting a wealth of opportunities for domestic and international banks. With some of the highest growth rates seen anywhere worldwide this year, Latin America ...

New Partnerships

EM REGIONAL BANKING FOCUS: AFRICA By Nick Kochan Africa's banks are looking to forge new links as they seek to expand across the continent. The African banking industry has emerged from the global financial crisis largely intact and, in fact, ...

Risky Business

FOCUS: RISK CONSULTING By Paula L. Green Companies are showing increasing interest in employing risk consultants to help them manage their exposure. As they protect employees, property and supply chains flung around the globe, corporate executives are using risk consultants ...

Rusal Plans To Create DR Program in Russia

EMERGING MARKET INVESTORS: DR NEWS By Gordon Platt Rusal, the world's largest producer of aluminum, plans to create a Russian depositary receipt (RDR) program on the Micex Stock Exchange and the Russian Trading System by the end of this year. ...

Shifting Sands

EM REGIONAL BANKING FOCUS: MIDDLE EAST By Jonathan Gregson Many banks in the Middle East are still suffering the after-effects of the global financial crisis. Over the past decade the Middle East's banking sector has become one of the fastest-growing ...

SIBOS 2010

With thousands of banks and a growing number of corporations attending each year, the Brussels-based international banking network SWIFT's annual Sibos conference has become a crucial forum for debates in transaction banking. This year's conference, to be held in Amsterdam, ...

SIBOS: Supply Chain Finance

CHANGE MANAGEMENT By Denise Bedell Banks are changing the way they look at their own transaction business to help companies see further into their working capital management processes. The need for integrated trade and cash solutions was significant even before ...

Slow Recovery

EM REGIONAL BANKING FOCUS: CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPE By Jonathan Gregson Hit hard during the financial crisis, Central and Eastern Europe's banking sector is still fragile and vulnerable to external shocks. During the boom times of the past decade, Central ...

World’s Biggest Banks 2010

ANNUAL SURVEY: WORLD'S BIGGEST BANKS by Dan Keeler Global Finance ranks the world’s 50 biggest banks, as measured by total assets After a tumultuous three years, characterized by colossal write-downs, credit ratings downgrades, nationalizations, bailouts and hurriedly arranged mergers, the ...