In the following pages we explore some of Africa’s contradictions. Eighty percent of Africans are unbanked; at the same time seven of the world’s fastest-growing economies are in this region.
What is the economic climate worldwide at the end of the Northern Hemisphere’s summer break? Don Rissmiller, chief research officer at Strategas in New York, describes what ...
In this issue: the outlook for global trade, Best Pension Managers, special report on Gulf countries, our Sibos supersection, and more.
Global Finance magazine’s annual supplement takes an in-depth look at cybersecurity, regtech, compliance, and other key themes facing banking and finance leaders.
Editor Andrea Fiano’s piece on past, present and future innovation opens the June issue of Global Finance Magazine.
Editor Andrea Fiano’s piece on balancing near-term and long-term efforts opens the May issue of Global Finance Magazine.
An editorial note about the April issue of Global Finance Magazine.
It is hard to remember a time when discussion over a new set of tax rules in the United States was so widely followed overseas.
Global Finance editor Andrea Fiano says that President Donald Trump's oft-proclaimed objectives will not be easy to achieve.
Editor's letter on the subject of financial technology (fintech) and prospects for the new year.
Wu Chunjiang, assistant general manager for private banking at China Merchants Bank (CMB), talks with Global Finance about building strength regionally in private banking.
Ludovic Subran, chief economist at credit insurer Euler Hermes, speaks with Andrea Fiano, editor of Global Finance, about a changed trade outlook after the US elections.
To those who thought the UK Brexit vote would be the biggest surprise of 2016, the American voters sent an even bigger shock.
Letter from the editor on Global Finance's annual ranking of the World's Safest Banks.
Vinod Madhavan, Head, Transactional Products & Services for Standard Bank Africa at SIBOS 2016 Geneva talks with Global Finance Editor Andrea Fiano.
What has changed in Africa in the past year? The precipitous drop in commodity prices threatened the progress made during two decades of tremendous growth, driving diversification efforts.
Editor's letter: The annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank are an ideal time to look at the work of central bankers.
One message comes quite clearly out of Sibos in Geneva this year: fintech companies and financial institutions are re-thinking their relationships. And in general both sides are ready to consider different models of collaboration and coexistence. Few possibilities are excluded. ...
The strong growth in digital payment transactions highlighted in the recently released World Payments Report 2016 from management consultant Capgemini and banking group BNP Paribas is good news, but it’s more than that. This growth, particularly in the emerging markets, ...
Many think of it as the Olympics of banking technology or transaction banking, but while Sibos is a huge gathering of major competitors from all over the world, there are no games. Launched in 1973 with a few hundred attendees ...
Uncertainty in the financial sector calls for attention to innovations that will cut a clear path through the confusion.
An overview of the "big picture" trends in treasury and cash management shows the total value of markets in specific sub-sectors.
SWIFT's Sibos conference this year shows its continued growth and importance, 38 years after its creation.
Despite worries about Brexit, business must carry on making deals, serving customers and meeting deadlines.
Companies thrive through innovation. It is an engine for growth and survival. Over time it distinguishes winners and losers, and it constantly redefines competition.
Uncertainty over the future has grown, while growth forecasts have been cut.
Working at a modern media outlet with a website, Twitter feed and the rest of it, we at Global Finance easily get caught up in the tumult of fresh content.
In the past few weeks, world financial markets have been pervaded by a bleak vision of global growth potential.
The new year started with unusually negative intensity and uncertainty in the financial markets and the global economy.
Our cover story this month focuses on a little-known fact: Global trade growth has slowed in recent years, and intraregional trade, especially in Asia, is becoming more prominent.
Iceland has recovered smartly from the worst recession in its history. Now it must keep inflation at bay—and that might require a monetary overhaul.
In our annual special issue on emerging markets, we take a macro and regional view of the new realities (yes, more than one) that have developed over the past year. There are quite a few surprises.
This issue of the magazine focuses once again on Global Finance's ranking of the Safest Banks. Not just the safest banks in the world, in the emerging markets, or the safest commercial banks, but also in each of more than 100 countries.
No region of the world has generated an average annual growth rate of 5.5% over the past 20 years—except Africa. In sub-Saharan Africa, GDP has expanded by 40% since 2009.
After a summer of heavy turbulence in global financial markets, the new season starts with the seemingly endless story of when the Federal Reserve Board will raise interest rates. Although the Fed put off the move in September, the US central bank will up rates eventually, most likely at its next meeting in December. The hike will undoubtedly force some countries to shift monetary policies.
The recent devaluation of the renminbi by Chinese authorities is yet more proof that currency markets do not go on vacation in August.
At the beginning of the summer, credit insurance company Coface issued its monthly list of upgrades and downgrades of country risk.
The European Union is still debating the nature of its common currency, the position of non-eurozone EU members like the UK, and the future of stressed eurozone countries like Greece. But the situation in other parts of the world is quite different.
By deciding to devote our cover story to compliance this month we focus on a key element in the DNA of this magazine: Managing compliance is increasingly a global issue for corporates and financial institutions.
The strength of the US dollar is keeping many executives busy these days both in the corporate and the financial world.
Deflation is one of the worst fears of central bankers and economists worldwide, but the risk it engenders isn’t always clearly defined.
This may be the Year of the Goat in the Chinese calendar, but so far 2015 looks more like the year of major economic surprises.
Global Finance sat down with Murat Doğan Erden, Turkcell Group’s chief financial officer, to discuss the economic and business outlook for Turkey and the challenges confronting Turkish corporates.
When we chose oil as the subject of this month’s cover story, we had no idea how fast and dramatic the drop in oil prices would be...
For many years Global Finance has regularly covered emerging markets and frontier markets. This annual issue of the magazine, which is focused on the EM, goes a bit further. We analyze these markets regionally, but we also question the prevalent definition of emerging markets.
This issue of the magazine focuses primarily on the safest banks: those globally and in emerging markets, but also in each one of nearly one hundred countries.
The annual meetings in Washington, D.C., of the IMF and the World Bank afford a unique mix of events where economic forecasts are made, meetings held, official statements delivered, and award ceremonies (including Global Finance's Best Banks) conducted.
Inside Sibos | Review
From a product perspective, a key area of commitment is related to trade documentation: “We have been active in this area for many years and it is undergoing transformation. I am convinced that BPO [bank payment obligations] will have success..."
Inside Sibos | Day 3
“Global Transaction Banking is the fastest growing unit in Société Générale,” says Christian Behaghel, head of GTB at Societe Generale. “It is a very stable business, and while we generate something like 6% of the total revenue of the bank, we are experiencing growth of our revenue of 10-15% a year.” This compares, he says to some areas of retail banking that have 0-2% growth a year.
Inside Sibos | Day 2
“Honestly I am here more to learn than for any other reason. And to understand what the banking system can become,” notes Antonio Patuelli, president of the Italian Banking Association, discussing SWIFT’s Sibos conference in Boston.