Euromoney’s new-look country risk rankings reflect the seismic shifts that have taken place in international investment over the past three years.
Gary Gensler and the agency he runs, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), is set to become one of the most powerful financial markets regulators in the world.
Corporate responses to the financial crisis are forcing banks with liquidity management services to come up with new tools and techniques.
Asia’s property markets avoided the worst of the global financial crisis and Chinese buyers are leading the way in global commercial real estate turnover, even as the country’s domestic property market struggles with the fallout from overheating.
Turkey’s relatively strong economic performance looks set to be sustained if fiscal self-discipline and sound banking practices are maintained.
Capital markets development in the Caribbean has hit the buffers because of the limited size of individual economies.
With some $1.4 trillion of commercial real estate loan maturities looming over the next four years and traditional funding markets still in intensive care, CRE recovery is entering a critical phase in the US and Europe.
The country’s banking system breezed through the global financial crisis with an ease few thought possible.
Mexico’s investment banking climate is improving after some big M&A deals and the end of an almost two-year drought in IPO transactions.
Managers at Austrian bank RZB and its central and eastern European subsidiary, Raiffeisen International, hope that a merger between the two will help maintain its position as a market leader in the region.
Ambitious plans for international financial centres in the Gulf states of Dubai, Qatar and Bahrain that would be hubs for financial services in a broadly defined region are still a long way off being fulfilled.
HSBC’s purchase of South Africa’s Nedbank will offer big advantages for both partners.
Mike Brown, chief executive of Nedbank, talked to Nick Kochan days after the announcement of the prospective purchase of his bank by HSBC in late August.
Projects such as an elite management school, a Moscow technology park, a nanotechnology fund and plans to turn Moscow into a global financial centre are all designed to move Russia away from dependence on energy and metals productions.
Against the odds the sector has weathered the economic downturn and is now poised to show healthy growth as the country emerges from recession.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch has become one of the top-five investment banks in Latin America in just two years.
Across Africa, French leadership in banking is being replaced as Moroccan banks expand south of their borders, reviving historical political influences and ancient trade routes.
The country’s banking reforms are going well and attracting regional interest.
Brazilian structured credit based on such underlyings as consumer loans, auto finance and trade receivables is in rude health but the underdeveloped RMBS and CMBS market will only take off with greater supply.
When their traditional German investor base was blown away by the financial crisis, sovereign funding officials in central Europe had to adjust to a world of hefty spreads and hard work.
Like Standard Bank, its better-known rival, South Africa’s FirstRand has seen the advantages of links with the burgeoning Asian markets, notably through a tie-up with Chinese bank CCB and a direct presence in India.
Governor Sheikh Salem Al Sabah is leading efforts to deal with the chaos left from years of property and stock speculation.
In August 2009 the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria announced that he was removing the top management of five leading Nigerian banks as part of a bailout package.
With a new administration making the right noises about reform, the banks cleaning up their balance sheets and abundant capital market liquidity, the mood in Manila is optimistic.
The bank’s chief executive says it has little interest in risky opportunities in foreign emerging markets when it is based in the world’s strongest emerging market – one it fully understands.
Government officials hope that international investors will look afresh at Indonesia.
Pan Gonsheng was the key executive on Agricultural Bank of China’s $22 billion IPO.
Described on page 354 of the Agricultural Bank of China prospectus as “Our Corporate Investors”, these 11 companies pledged to buy an agreed and disclosed amount of the H-share offering on day one in exchange for guarantees that their orders would be filled.
The flotation of two subsidiaries of the Malaysian state oil company Petronas raises hopes that the parent company may list.
US states and cities are facing a crisis.
Ever since the sub-prime crisis, global banks have been looking for the big idea that will replace revenues lost with the demise of the structured-finance era.
Renaissance Capital’s ambition is to become the world’s pre-eminent emerging markets investment bank.
Norberto Barbedo, Bradesco’s executive vice-president for investment banking, talks to Rob Dwyer about his bank’s tentative exploration of African markets and its primary focus on domestic business.
China’s hugely successful growth-at-all-costs economic strategy is reaching crisis point.
Eleven banks gathered in Agricultural Bank of China’s offices in early April to plan in an atmosphere of mutual suspicion how to complete an extremely difficult task.
The DBS chief executive is developing a more focused take on his bank’s traditional pan-Asian aspirations.
Funding costs are rising and the markets periodically shut down.
Gary Gensler is on a mission to make the CFTC the world’s most influential financial markets regulator.
Try telling investors in bank debt that the system is getting safer.
Krause says bank “comfortable” with core tier 1 ratio of 10% as news of €9 billion capital raising plans breaks.