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Cover Story : Living On The Edge

CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE


The EU’s newest members struggle to balance growth with stability.

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Prague's stock exchange is one of many in the region that are attracting foreign investors.

Despite recent political maneuverings by Russian president Vladimir Putin ...

Cover Story : Waiting In The Wings

EU ACCESSION HOPEFULS



Preparing their economies for entry to the European Union is yielding dramatic results for accession candidates and providing inspiration for those that aspire to follow them.

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Kiev: Banking market set for sharp growth.

While EU accession has ...

Features

Features : Fast Forward

ISRAEL


Past wars and threats of future ones just can’t stop Israel’s economic engine plowing ahead.


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Past wars and threats of future ones just can't stop Israel's economic engine plowing ahead.

During the past year, Israel ...

Features : Growth Explosion

INTERNET BANKING


Over the past two decades, Internet banking has gone from non-existent to ubiquitous. As this year’s Global Finance Internet Banks Awards show, many of the pioneers are still dominant forces, driving the market forward.


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Banks have a ...

Features : Horror Story With A Happy Ending

MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT FINANCE

The recent downturn in the credit cycle has hit media industry restructuring, but Hollywood is attracting investors for new film financing deals.


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The boom in leveraged buyouts in the media industry hit a brick wall this summer ...

Features : Hot Topic Or Hot Air?

INSIGHT / CARBON OFFSETTING Carbon emissions reduction is an increasingly important aspect of any global corporation’s operations. But working on reductions and investing wisely in offset projects is a critical element of that. Companies are increasingly looking to reach net-zero ...

Features : Thrive Or Survive

SECTOR REPORT / GLOBAL CUSTODY & INVESTORS’ SERVICES Global custodians and asset servicers face increasing competition and a more complex landscape than ever before. In order to survive, they must continue to invest in new products and staff, build infrastructure ...

Newsmakers

Newsmakers : Few Cities Attain ‘knowledge Hub’ Status

Europe

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Stockholm: One of 15 knowledge hubs.

With just over two years to go, the European Commission’s Lisbon Agenda initiative to transform Europe into the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world by 2010 appears to be ...

Newsmakers : The unsinkable mrs. K

Argentina

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Double act: Nestor Kirchner and the presidential hopeful, Mrs. K.

Argentine First Lady and senator Cristina Fernández de Kirchner is poised to replace her husband, President Nestor Kirchner, in the top post in the October 28 election. Although the ...

Newsmakers : ‘Helicopter Ben’ Refuses To Panic

United states

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Bernanke under pressure as he fends off calls for a rate cut.

Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke didn’t exactly call out the helicopters and dump bundles of money on Wall Street last month to keep the markets ...

Milestones

Features : Growth Explosion

INTERNET BANKING


Over the past two decades, Internet banking has gone from non-existent to ubiquitous. As this year’s Global Finance Internet Banks Awards show, many of the pioneers are still dominant forces, driving the market forward.


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Banks have a ...

Milestones : Qatar Tightens Financial Regulation

QATAR


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The only way is up: QFC moves to new, gleaming headquarters.

Rich in natural gas, the Gulf nation of Qatar has one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, with increasing demand for financial products and services. The country ...

Milestones : Shariah Japan 100 Index Forms Basis Of Islamic ETF

JAPAN


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Toyota: Top holding in new ETF.

Tokyo-based Daiwa Asset Management will create an exchange-traded fund based on the newly formed FTSE Shariah Japan 100 index. The ETF, which will be listed on the Singapore Exchange in the next few ...

Milestones : Banks On The Spot Over Internet Fraud

UNITED KINGDOM / GLOBAL

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Brunswick: Banks are responding to threats.

The Internet has become a “playground for criminals,” and it is up to banks and other online service providers to make it safe for consumers to go online, according to a ...

Milestones : Booming Islamic Finance Faces Hurdles

GLOBAL

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High aspirations: Islamic finance on the rise.

Excess liquidity and the tidal wave of petrodollars flooding into the Middle East are causing a surge of interest in Islamic finance. The growth rate of the industry is now approaching 20 ...

Corporate Finance

Corporate Finance : Dollar Hits The Skids As Us Rate Cut Looms

Foreign exchange / corporate financing news

The dollar fell to a 15-year low against a basket of currencies in early August as the level of the federal funds futures contract forecast a cut in US interest rates before the end of ...

Corporate Finance : High-yield Market Closes For Repricing

Corporate debt / corporate financing news


The high-yield bond market in the United States all but shut down for new issues in July, as subprime mortgage losses led to a repricing of corporate credit risk and an end to cheap borrowing ...

Corporate Finance : M&a Activity To Stay Hot In Some Sectors

Mergers & acquisitions / corporate financing news

Global announced mergers and acquisitions totaled $550 billion in July, more than double the total for the same month a year earlier, according to Dealogic, but tighter credit conditions threaten to dampen leveraged buyouts in ...

Emerging Markets Roundup

Features : Fast Forward

ISRAEL


Past wars and threats of future ones just can’t stop Israel’s economic engine plowing ahead.


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Past wars and threats of future ones just can't stop Israel's economic engine plowing ahead.

During the past year, Israel ...

Features : Growth Explosion

INTERNET BANKING


Over the past two decades, Internet banking has gone from non-existent to ubiquitous. As this year’s Global Finance Internet Banks Awards show, many of the pioneers are still dominant forces, driving the market forward.


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Banks have a ...

Features : Horror Story With A Happy Ending

MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT FINANCE

The recent downturn in the credit cycle has hit media industry restructuring, but Hollywood is attracting investors for new film financing deals.


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The boom in leveraged buyouts in the media industry hit a brick wall this summer ...

Corporate Finance : Dollar Hits The Skids As Us Rate Cut Looms

Foreign exchange / corporate financing news

The dollar fell to a 15-year low against a basket of currencies in early August as the level of the federal funds futures contract forecast a cut in US interest rates before the end of ...

Emerging Markets : Chinese company lists in tokyo

Company to watch: china boqi environmental solutions technology / china

Based in Beijing, one of the world’s most polluted cities, China Boqi Environmental Solutions Technology has plenty of work to do. “Environmental protection is a big task as the Chinese ...

Emerging Markets : Errant Manufacturers Feel The Heat

China

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Cost concerns: Rising food prices are fueling inflation.

Investors anxious about overheating in the Chinese market had more cause for concern this month as China’s National Bureau of Statistics revealed that consumer prices rose by 5.6%, year ...

Emerging Markets : International banks enjoy brazilian boom times

Brazil

Brazil’s strong capital markets recovery and IPO blitz has prompted international investment banks to put the country back on their radars. Lehman Brothers, which exited Brazil in 2003 amid a near market collapse, has reopened its São Paulo ...

Emerging Markets : Investors shift into safety first mode

News

Institutional investors are showing a marked preference for developed market equities over emerging market shares as they rein in risk in their portfolios in response to recent market volatility, according to a research report by State Street Global Markets ...

Emerging Markets : Kremlin-connected magnate attracts aluminum deal

Russia

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Friends in high places: Deripaska (right) and Putin.

French oil firm Total unexpectedly signed a deal in mid-July with Kremlin-controlled gas giant Gazprom to help develop the massive Shtokman natural gas field. The Russian government had earlier indicated that ...

Emerging Markets : Records Fall As Indian Business Thrives

India

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On track: Delhis new subway trains.

The metro railway authority in New Delhi placed a record order for 340 subway coaches with Bombardier Transportation, Montreal-based Bombardier’s Indian subsidiary. Worth $590 million, the order is the largest ever placed ...

Emerging Markets : Us exchanges maintain lead in dr trading

Dr news

American and global depositary receipt trading was easily at an all-time high in the first half of 2007 and was higher than every full-year total since 2006, according to The Bank of New York Mellon. The New York ...

Additional Stories

TCM Guide 2007 : Europe Editor's Letter

Welcome to Global Finance’s annual Treasury & Cash Management Guide, in which we explore the latest trends and issues in the world of global cash management...

TCM Guide 2007 : Identity Solution

CORPORATE ID MANAGEMENT



As corporate treasury systems become increasingly automated, businesses and their banking partners are devising innovative techniques to ensure only authorized personnel can make payments.

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Wendel: In approximately 25% of cases, account signatories are wrong.

Hans-Maarten van den ...

TCM Guide 2007 : Online FX

EXCHANGE CHANGE ONLINE FOREIGN EXCHANGE Key players in the online foreign exchange markets are hoping that new entrants and the integration of interdealer and dealer-to-client platforms will end the stagnation that is hindering workflow development. Theodorou: Many corporations use electronic ...

TCM Guide 2007 : Realizing The Dream

GLOBAL LIQUIDITY Corporates have long dreamt of being able to see liquidity in real time on a global basis. This dream is becoming a reality as banks and systems suppliers provide the real-time reporting and systems integration necessary to make ...

TCM Guide 2007 : Who's Who

“WHO’S WHO” IN TREASURY AND CASH MANAGEMENT TREASURY & CASH MANAGEMENT 2007 Anne Boden Head, Transaction Banking, Europe ABN AMRO Anne Boden manages ABN AMRO Transaction Banking across Europe. She is also responsible for preparing it for future commercial and ...