Growth prospects for the year ahead are modest, but a recovery in commodity prices and major infrastructure spending plans are lifting the region’s major economies out of recession.
The new US president’s aggressive rhetoric against America’s main trading rivals could cloud the fact that there is evidence to support his accusations.
Although the EU’s Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) is now better understood by asset management firms, too many grey areas still surround the regulation, claims Linedata.
Alongside the steady growth in corporate treasury’s remit over the past decade, so the focus of green treasury has expanded from the original preoccupation of moving from paper-based to digital transactions.
Falling world shipping rates, which pushed Korea’s Hanjin Shipping into bankruptcy last August, have resulted in hefty bad shipping loans for Germany’s banks.
China has already overtaken the US as the world’s most powerful economy and India will displace it to third place, according to a report.
The EU’s securities regulator is to step up its oversight of credit ratings firms, trade repositories and clearinghouses outside the region.
The impact of Donald Trump may currently dominate headlines, but the possibility that an era of partial de-globalisation is now underway could affect companies more significantly.
The group’s latest global treasury benchmarking report, its first for three years, confirms that today’s corporate treasurers must be multi-talented to manage a growing range of risk.
The shift away from extreme left-wing regimes in a number of key Latin American economies has made the region more attractive to foreign businesses and investors. However a belligerent Trump administration in the US could easily undo the progress made.