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International Reserves of Countries Worldwide

International reserves are a country’s “external assets”—including foreign currency deposits and bonds held by central banks and monetary authorities, gold and SDRs. The top 10 holders of international reserves account for nearly two-thirds of the world’s total foreign currency reserves. ...

Emerging & Frontier Markets

Frontier Markets Report: Bangladesh

PRIME PROSPECT By Dan Keeler Companies that ignore Bangladesh may be missing a key investment opportunity. Photo Credits: FRITZ16 / Often portrayed in the media as a basket case that lurches from one natural disaster to ...

Capital Raising & Corporate Finance

M&A: Record Spin-Offs Boost Global M&A

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS By Gordon Platt Thanks in large part to record levels of spin-offs and divestitures, global mergers and acquisitions achieved a 2% gain in 2012 to $2.6 trillion, according to Thomson Reuters. ...

Capital Raising & Corporate Finance

Securities Lending In Emerging Markets

JUMPING THROUGH HOOPS By Kathryn Tully In the hunt for demand and revenue, securities lending in emerging markets sounds perfect, but big obstacles still curtail liquidity. Faced with falling demand and tighter regulation in North America and ...

Award Winners

Trade Finance: Regional Winners

By Gordon Platt REGIONAL WINNERS AMERICAS Citi With its extensive presence in the US, Canada and Latin America, Citi is the largest service provider for private-labeled letters of credit and open account transactions. The bank’s global footprint enables it to ...

Award Winners

Best FX Providers: Regional Winners

By Gordon Platt BEST FOREIGN EXCHANGE PROVIDERS: REGIONAL WINNER NORTH AMERICA Citi Citi’s foreign exchange operations, CitiFX, had a very good year in 2012, which marked the bank’s 200th anniversary. Its FX volume continued to expand rapidly, and it gained ...

Capital Raising & Corporate Finance

Cross-Border Dealmaker Seeks To Exit Indonesian Deal

NEWSMAKERS: EUROPE/INDONESIA   By Udayan Gupta   Nathaniel Rothschild’s Indonesian mining deal in 2010 was seen as a portent of how such cross-border deals could be done.     Rothschild (L) and Bakrie CEO Bobby Umar in happier days Thirty ...

Capital Raising & Corporate Finance

FX: Positive US Economy Boosts Dollar

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: FOREIGN EXCHANGE   By Gordon Platt   A batch of better-than-expected US economic data, including nonfarm payrolls and housing prices, gave the dollar a lift last month.   Analysts said the signs of strength diminished the need ...