Report: Central & Eastern Europe

CHANGE IS AFOOT By Paul Mackintosh Central & Eastern European countries are trying hard to differentiate themselves from their southwestern neighbors. Corporates in the region are dealing with a new playing field as many assets once owned by major Western ...

Cover: Currencies: War or Peace?

NO LONGER JUST A GAME? By Ronald Fink The recent spate of currency devaluation will start to have a serious impact unless global leaders focus on economic fundamentals, rather than figments. The yen is down 25% against the euro since ...

Regional Report: Asia

A DECOUPLING IN THE WORKS By Udayan Gupta Intraregional investment within Asia is starting to take hold—reducing reliance on demand from developed markets. When Essar Power, a unit of Asian energy giant Essar Energy, raised approximately $900 million in India ...

FX: Dollar In Long-Term Bull Trend

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: FOREIGN EXCHANGE By Gordon Platt The dollar has been in a long-term declining trend against the major currencies for nearly a decade, losing about 40% in value, but analysts say it is no longer weakening in periods ...

Equity: Rising Stock Market Fires Up IPOs

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: GLOBAL EQUITY/DRS By Gordon Platt A rising tide lifts all ships, and the bull market in stocks is enabling a number of technology and housing-related companies, particularly in the US, to float initial public offerings. Total IPO ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: Russia

GAZPROM DOUBLES PROFITS AS IT PREPARES FOR “EFFICIENCY” AUDIT By Kim Iskyan Gas giant Gazprom reported that net profit doubled in the third quarter of 2012, thanks to forex gains. The results came just days after the government announced that ...

FX: Economic Woes To Constrain Euro

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: FOREIGN EXCHANGE By Gordon Platt The euro was the star of the major currencies in January, as it soared to a 14-month high against the dollar and a 33-month high against the Japanese yen. Its strength reflects ...

Regional Report: Latin America

VIVID LANDSCAPE IN FOREST PRODUCTS By Antonio Guerrero Despite currency volatility and slowing demand from China and Europe, Brazil, Chile and other key Latin American markets continue to churn out wood pulp for export, and the sector is seeing increased ...

Frontier Markets Report: Ghana

STAKING ITS CLAIM By Dan Keeler A history of stability, a growing middle class and a rapidly expanding economy are among the key assets of this West African gem. Photo Credits: REUTERS / YAW BIBINI Ghana has long been considered ...

FX: Central Banks Key To 2013 FX Moves

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: FOREIGN EXCHANGE By Gordon Platt Central bank policies could create some interesting opportunities in the foreign exchange markets in 2013, despite what could be a slow-growth environment, analysts say. “We expect the newly elected Japanese government to ...

Annual Awards: Best FX Providers 2013

THE BIG GET BIGGER By Gordon Platt The biggest FX banks are increasing their share of a shrinking market, amid low volatility and despite a speed bump for high-frequency traders. As global interest rates converge at a low level and ...

FX: Yen’s Fall Awakens FX Market

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: FOREIGN EXCHANGE By Gordon Platt The yen took a nasty tumble last month, shaking the sleepy foreign exchange market out of a long slumber. While the attention of market participants was focused on the European debt crisis ...

Fed Prepares To Clamp Down On Foreign Banks

MILESTONES: US/GLOBAL By Gordon Platt The US Federal Reserve wants foreign banks with large operations in the US to be subject to the same rules on capital and liquidity that apply to big US banks. Tarullo wants foreign banks with ...