Market Forces

FOCUS: ISLAMIC FINANCE IN ASIA   A centralized approach to Islamic finance is helping Asia develop an industry that may challenge the Middle East as the global hub.   By Anita Hawser   The Middle East is often thought of ...

Newsmakers: Malaysia Seeks To Regain Momentum

Malaysia   By Thomas Clouse   Najib Abdul Razak aims to boost Malaysia’s growth Malaysian prime minister Najib Abdul Razak has unveiled a new economic blueprint as part of his long-term strategy to transform Malaysia from a middle-income to a ...

Emerging Markets: China

Roundup   By Thomas Clouse   Capital idea: Investors can now buy futures China's economy grew by 11.9% in the first quarter of the year, its fastest rate in three years, as retail sales jumped 17.9% and fixed asset investment ...

Newsmakers: Kyrgyz Turmoil Rattles Russia

Kyrgyz Republic   By Simon Watkins   Kurmanbek Bakiyev After a week of defying a provisional government that seized power in an armed uprising that left at least 84 people dead, the Kyrgyz Republic's ousted president, Kurmanbek Bakiyev, resigned and ...

Emerging Markets: India

Roundup   By Aaron Chaze   Reliable growth: India’s largest company expands its reach Reliance Industries, India's largest company by market value and owner of both India's largest gas field and the world's largest crude-refining complex, has successfully acquired a ...

Emerging Markets: India

Roundup   By Aaron Chaze   Calling plan: Bharti Airtel is expanding into new markets As the Indian wireless markets become ever more competitive, local companies are looking overseas for potential growth. South Asia’s largest wireless carrier, Bharti Airtel, for ...

Emerging Markets: China

Roundup   By Thomas Clouse   Brighter future: China promises better deal for rural citizens China’s top legislator has pledged to improve social services and better balance rural and urban political representation. Wu Bangguo, chairman of the Standing Committee of ...

Milestones: Export Growth Negates Taiwan Rescue Plan

Taiwan   By Thomas Clouse   Bellwether: DRAM sales portend export upswing Taiwan’s government dropped plans to restructure its dynamic random access memory (DRAM) industry last month after export growth and rising prices helped several of the island’s DRAM producers ...

BEST EMERGING MARKET BANKS ASIA 2010

Global Finance names the 2010 World’s Best Emerging Market Banks in Asia   NEW YORK, March 23, 2010 — Global Finance magazine (www.gfmag.com) has named the "Best Emerging Market Banks in Asia" in an exclusive survey to be published in ...

Emerging Markets: China

Roundup   BY Thomas Clouse   A strong services sector saw China’s GDP revised upward China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) created the world’s third-largest free-trade zone, measured by trade volume, on January 1, eliminating tariffs on ...

Features: Country Focus: Japan

JAPAN SCRAMBLES FOR A FRESH START Japan’s new government is working hard to find ways to rouse the country’s economy from its persistent malaise.   By Thomas Clouse   Japan is a country of economic contrasts. It is a nation ...

Emerging Markets: India

Roundup   By Aaron Chaze   Steeling the show: India enhances its steelmaking capacity As part of its drive to raise over $3 billion from power privatizations, the Indian government is poised to offer global institutional investors a 5% stake ...

Emerging Markets: DR News

  Companies Based In India Increase DR Offerings   By Gordon Platt   Equity issues by India-based companies using depositary receipts rose from $100 million in 2008 to $3.4 billion last year. The rush of DR issues is likely to ...

The new world powers

  THE NEW WORLD POWERS   The coming decade will witness a fundamental rebalancing of economic power, setting the stage for this to become the Asian Century.   By Harold L. Sirkin   It is clear to almost everyone that ...