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World’s Best Banks 2012: Global Winners

By Gordon Platt, Thomas Clouse, Jonathan Gregson & Antonio Guerrero Global Winners BEST CORPORATE BANK Deutsche Bank Deutsche Bank, the largest bank in Germany, is a leading global corporate and investment bank and has long been the top foreign exchange ...

World’s Best Banks 2012: Country Winners

By Gordon Platt, Thomas Clouse, Jonathan Gregson & Antonio Guerrero Country Winners   World’s Best Banks 2012 Back To Main Article World’s Best Banks 2012: Global Winners World’s Best Banks 2012: Regional Winners

World’s Best Banks 2012: Regional Winners

By Gordon Platt, Thomas Clouse, Jonathan Gregson & Antonio Guerrero Regional Winners BEST BANK IN NORTH AMERICA JPMorgan Chase   JPMorgan Chase is the top US bank by assets. “For America’s largest companies, we raised or lent over $720 billion ...

Features

Risk Management: Political Risk

KEEPING RISK IN CHECK   By Paula Green   Political risk insurance is of increasing interest as unstable geopolitical conditions affect corporate operations.   Expect the unexpected. That is what corporate risk officers worldwide have taken away from the unforeseen ...

Award Winners

Awards: World’s Biggest Banks 2012

ANNUAL SURVEY: The Big Get Bigger   By Andrew Cunningham   Global Finance presents the World’s Biggest Banks. Total assets are once again growing.   The world’s 50 biggest banks notched up assets of $65,956 billion at the end of ...

Awards: World’s Safest Banks 2012

ANNUAL SURVEY: DOWN, BUT NOT OUT   By Andrew Cunningham   Global Finance presents it annual ranking of The World’s Safest Banks.   European banks still account for 20 of the World’s Safest 50 Banks, but Europe’s hold on the ...

Winners’ Circle: Safest/Biggest Banks

CREAM OF THE CROP   By Kathryn Tully   Presenting the Winners’ Circle: the longest-running leaders of Global Finance’s World’s Safest Banks and World’s Biggest Banks rankings.   WORLD’S SAFEST After 2008, the global recession ensured that the risks inherent ...

Emerging Markets Roundup

Emerging Markets Roundup: Africa

INVESTOR FEARS RISE ON MINE STRIKES   By Antonio Guerrero   Violent strikes at South Africa's Marikana platinum mine, operated by UK group Lonmin, could impact investment flows.   Violence mars Marikana mine strikes Photo Credits: MIKE HUTCHINGS / REUTERS ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: Brazil

ROUSSEFF PLANS $66 BILLION IN INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT   By Antonio Guerrero   In a bid to reverse Brazil's recent economic slowdown and boost competitiveness, president Dilma Rousseff in August unveiled a nearly $66 billion infrastructure investment program for roads, and ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: Middle East

FOREIGN AID PACKAGES BOOST EGYPT'S PROSPECTS   By Gordon Platt   Financial aid packages from the US, China, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, among others, will provide much-needed support for the Egyptian economy at a time when the country's FX reserves ...

Global Salon

Salon: Robert Brusca, FAO Economics

ECONOMIC CHEMOTHERAPY   By Udayan Gupta   Global Finance sat down with economist Robert Brusca, head of consultancy FAO Economics, to discuss the global outlook, the future of Greece and the problem with current-account surpluses and deficits. Brusca has been ...

The World's Safest Banks

SIBOS 2012

SWIFT AND EFFICIENT   By Denise Bedell   More companies than ever are now connecting directly to their banks and counterparties via the global SWIFT messaging system—970 corporates worldwide, at last count.   That figure may seem small, but these ...

Country Report

Israel's Export Economy Hits Turbulence

A STUDY IN CONTRADICTIONS   By David Lipkin   Geopolitical and fiscal uncertainties are having an impact on Israel's growth prospects, but the country is benefiting from development of its natural gas reserves.   Although its export-oriented economy and high-tech ...

Milestones

Banker Arrests Shake Investor Confidence

MILESTONES: VIETNAM   By Thomas Clouse   Vietnam’s stock markets tumbled in August following the arrests of two of the country’s top bankers, Nguyen Duc Kien and Ly Xuan Hai.   Asia Commercial Bank’s Kien arrested for “illegal business activity” Photo ...

Financial Utilities That Are Too Important To Fail

MILESTONES: US/GLOBAL   By Gordon Platt   Two years after Dodd-Frank became law, US regulators identified eight "systemically important" clearing and payment firms that provide critical infrastructure to the country's financial system.   Systemically important financial utilities named None of the ...

Corporate Finance

FX: Euro Supported By ECB Plan To Buy Bonds

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: FOREIGN EXCHANGE By Gordon Platt The euro rebounded to a two-month high in early September, as European policymakers approved a plan to lower borrowing costs for debt-laden members of the euro area through open-ended purchases of bonds ...

Newsmakers

Owen Leads New Unit At RBS

NEWSMAKERS: UNITED KINGDOM   By Anita Hawser   Since its bailout after the 2008 financial crisis, Royal Bank of Scotland has come under pressure from the government to increase lending, and recent reports suggest the government is considering fully nationalizing ...

Hailemariam To Lead Ethiopia’s Transformation

NEWSMAKERS: ETHIOPIA   By Valentina Pasquali   Plagued by corruption and emerging from three decades of stable but authoritarian government, Ethiopia is undergoing its first peaceful transfer of power after the death, in August, of longtime prime minister Meles Zenawi.   ...

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Stats: Commodity Prices Hit Emerging Markets Hardest

Commodity Prices And Emerging Markets Rising commodity prices have a much bigger effect on the performance of emerging markets economies than they do in developed markets.   “This chart is important because it shows how sensitive emerging markets are to ...