Emerging Markets Roundup: China

REGULATORS BOOST FOREIGN PORTFOLIO INVESTMENT LIMITS By Thomas Clouse Chinese regulators will allow more foreign participation in domestic capital markets, increasing the quota for its qualified foreign institutional investor (QFII) program from $30 billion to $80 billion. According to a ...

Africa's Rising Consumer Class

LAND OF OPPORTUNITY By Antonio Guerrero A number of African markets may be on the verge of massive growth—fueled by a rising consumer class. Given the long-standing reputation for political and economic volatility in some African markets, many global investors ...

Special Report: Renminbi Trading

A DIM SUM BANQUET By Arthur Clennam The offshore renminbi market has been growing rapidly, but its character is changing. Were it a new model car, the market for offshore renminbi trading might be dubbed the “Inexorable”—but for a few ...

Cover Story: China In Europe

WITH A COOL HAND By Laurence Neville China is taking advantage of the European crisis to make strategic investments in the Continent and encourage companies to pick up cheap assets. But the Asian nation is taking a slow and considered ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: India

FOREIGN INVESTORS MAY EXIT IF FAVORABLE TAX TREATMENT DISAPPEARS By Aaron Chaze Foreign investors routing investments to India through Mauritius could potentially be taxed on their short-term gains, under a tax law amendment that was proposed in the recently announced ...

FX: EU Debt Still Commands Center Stage

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: FOREIGN EXCHANGE By Gordon Platt The foreign exchange market continues to be rattled by Europe's debt crisis, analysts say the issue is far from settled. The foreign exchange market continues to be rattled by Europe's debt crisis, ...

US Foreign Investor Visas Get New Lease On Life

MILESTONES: UNITED STATES By Valentina Pasquali Struggling with a sagging real estate market and a weak economic recovery, the US has been revamping its efforts to attract foreign investors. For example, the current administration is pumping new life into the ...

Insuring Directors & Officers Liability

SAFE LANDING By Paula Green With new regulations and tighter enforcement that could lead to more corporate legal action, many companies are increasing their cover for directors and officers insurance. Most corporate risk officers should still enjoy favorable terms this ...

Editor's Letter: Elections, Austerity And Uncertainty

In deciding to focus on elections worldwide for this month's cover story, we weren't just pondering their political implications and the relative uncertainty they occasion, we were also considering the global nature and impact of uncertainty in a single national election...

Cover Story: Global Elections 2012

ELECTION YEAR By Laurence Neville Numerous countries around the world are holding elections this year, which could create market uncertainty and hold back much-needed political decision-making—particularly in Europe. Unlike 2011, which was a year of "unknown unknowns," with largely unpredictable ...

Bangladesh Angles For Foreign Investment

MILESTONES: BANGLADESH By Udayan Gupta Bangladesh is one of the more intriguing frontier market economies for foreign investors. In 2011 its GDP rose an estimated 6.3%. But a volatile political environment and an economy that is not immune to the ...

Country Report: Angola

LAND OF OPPORTUNITIES By Dan Keeler The improving economic and investment environment makes Angola a tempting target for foreign direct investors. But changes aimed at improving the business environment and building infrastructure must move forward before the country reaches its ...

FX: Sudden Currency Moves And Hedging

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: FOREIGN EXCHANGE By Gordon Platt The euro's surprising rise early this year, even as the European Central Bank flooded the market with liquidity, caught many market participants by surprise. Net short positions in the euro hit a ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: China

NEW TARIFFS TO COST FOREIGN AUTOMAKERS By Thomas Clouse Amid charges that US companies sold automotive parts at prices below production costs, the Chinese government has said it will impose tariffs on imported US-made products. Harnessing wind power in China ...

FX: Dollar Looks Good Versus Euro

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: FOREIGN EXCHANGE By Gordon Platt The Japanese yen will hold its own as a safe-haven currency in 2012, while the dollar will be less ugly than the euro, analysts forecast. Based on relative economic growth and expected ...

Special Report: BRICs

Shifting Trade Flows And The New Consumer By Dan Keeler Fast-growing trade between BRIC countries has been fueled by an expanding middle class. Western rivals face stiff local and regional competition in building emerging markets growth. A decade has passed ...