Finance

Central American Integration System

The Central American Integration System is the largest financial institution in Central America and is focused on the promotion of integration and economic and social development in the region. The site provides links to member countries, financial information, and publications.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: August 27, 2014

Deutsche Bank Research

The website of Deutsche Bank Research provides the user with useful market information, quality macro-economical analysis, international news and headlines, as well as an extensive financial glossary.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 16, 2014

Economist: The Big Mac Index

The Big Mac Index compares the purchasing-power parity of various countries based on the price of an identical item (in this case a Big Mac). This "PPP exchange rate" is then compared with actual currency values to determine which world currencies are undervalued or overvalued when compared with the dollar.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 16, 2014

Euromoney: International Financial News and Analysis

Euromoney is an authoritative round up of the capital markets, investment, foreign exchange and treasury, and regional markets. The site publishes benchmark polls, awards and surveys.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: August 27, 2014

European Central Bank

The European Central Bank (ECB) is one component of the central banking system of the Euro area. Its prime objective is to maintain the price and stability of the euro. This site provides key financial and economic statistics, procurement information, related legal framework, and other European business related information.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: August 27, 2014

Tags: European Union, Trade Bloc

European Investment Bank

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is the financing institution of the European Union. The EIB's mission is to provide long-term financing and support for projects and initiatives within the EU. The site contains information about lending opportunities, types of projects financed, and investor relations. Publications and reports are also available at no charge.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: August 27, 2014

Tags: European Union, Trade Bloc

FTSE Indices

FTSE is a leader in developing indices for the global capital markets. The FTSE website provides detailed information about their indices, as well as news, research and publications.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 16, 2014

FX Street

This site offers daily updated information about foreign exchange markets as well as forex news, market reports, forecasts, real-time spot and forward exchange rates, and charts. A currency converter and historical tables are also available.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 16, 2014

gE Module: International Monetary Systems

The International Monetary Systems module provides information regarding: the history of the International Monetary System; the importance of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, including their basic purposes and functions; what money markets and international money markets are; what international capital markets are and their function in both developing and high-income countries; international security markets; and the basics of the European Monetary System. A case study on Argentina’s economic crisis is also available.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 16, 2014

Tags: Financial Services, Industries, Online Course Modules

IAS PLUS

Globalization of the world’s capital markets requires that companies report financial information on a comparable and transparent basis worldwide. Hosted by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, this site provides comprehensive information on the development of international accounting standards and the efforts of individual countries around the world to converge their standards around the highest quality benchmark. It includes links to over 200 sites relating to global accounting and financial reporting.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 16, 2014

IFAC: International Federation of Accountants

The International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) is the global organization for the accountancy profession. It works with its member organizations in over 120 countries and jurisdictions to protect the public interest by encouraging high quality practices by the world's accountants. The web site provides free publications on international accounting standards and procedures of more than 100 countries. Some services are available only to qualified members.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 16, 2014

IMF: Global Financial Stability Report

The Global Financial Stability Report is a semi-annual report published by the International Capital Markets division of IMF. The report aims to provide a regular assessment of global financial markets and to identify potential systemic weaknesses that could lead to crises. Available in PDF format.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 16, 2014

IMF: International Monetary Fund

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an international organization established to promote international monetary cooperation, exchange stability, and orderly exchange arrangements. The web site provides a broad range of useful tools, data and information on international finance, a rich weekly news section and an international financial database for free.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 16, 2014

INDEX: World Federation of Exchanges

A private international organization, the World Federation of Exchanges is composed of the worldwide leading markets operators. The foundation is the trade organization geared toward regulated securities and derivative markets, settlement institutions and related clearing houses, and the many services they provide to capital markets. The organization offers a forum for communication and debate between members, publications, statistics on exchange members, and up-to-date news.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: August 27, 2014

Tags: Index

Inter-American Center of Tax Administrations

The Inter-American Center of Tax Administrations is a nonprofit, public international organization established in 1967. The organization consists of tax administrations from 38 member and associate member countries in America, Europe, Africa and Asia. The site provides information on various international tax and customs agreements, legislation, a model tax code, and numerous publications.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 16, 2014

Inter-American Development Bank

The Inter-American Development Bank or IDB was established in 1959 to help accelerate economic and social development in Latin America and the Caribbean. The site provides information on projects, statistics, business opportunities, and on publications and topics related to the area. There is also a finance page complete with capital, treasury, and loan management information for the possible investor.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: August 27, 2014

International Finance Corporation

The International Finance Corporation, an arm of the World Bank, provides very useful information for the international business person interested in private sector investments in developing countries. Information is well laid-out and easy to understand. Several reports are available describing initiatives, progress, and research relating to IFC initiatives.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 16, 2014

International Finance Theory & Policy Analysis

The International Economics Study Center is provided by George Washington University and includes a textbook in an online format. The site contains a vast amount of information for those interested in international finance and cross-country transactions. The textbook also includes a good deal of international trade information and news. The textbook is available online for a small fee. 

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 16, 2014

International Swap and Derivatives Association (ISDA)

The International Swap and Derivatives Association (ISDA) is the home to a global financial trade association whose members trade negotiated derivatives, covering trades and options in fields such as interest rates, currency, commodities, energy, and credit. ISDA's main areas of focus in the derivatives markets include: legal and documentation, public policy, risk management, market infrastructure, research, and accounting and tax.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 16, 2014

ISI Emerging Markets

As a Euromoney Institutional Investor company, ISI Emerging Markets delivers news, company data, and financial data directly from emerging markets to thousands of emerging markets specialists around the world. A subscription is required for all features.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 16, 2014

Islamic Development Bank Group

The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Group is a multilateral development financing institution, established to foster social and economic development of its member countries and Muslim communities worldwide. The site includes member country profiles, information on trade, publications, and news releases.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: August 29, 2014

North American Development Bank

This web site was created by the North American Development Bank (NADB) to provide the public with a reference tool for accessing the Bank’s services. There are periodic updates on the changes and developments in NADB programs and projects.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: August 29, 2014

OECD: Financial Markets

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) offers a wealth of information relating to global finance and investment. This site provides information related to banking, investment, international financial practices, and financial market trends, while also including a comprehensive statistics section.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 16, 2014

Pacific Islands Development Bank (PIDB)

The Pacific Islands Development Bank (PIDB) aims to help accelerate economic and social growth of member countries in the Oceania region. The site provides an overview of the organization's products, services, and activities, as well as news relating to the bank and member nations.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 5, 2014

PwC: Worldwide Tax Summaries

PwC created the Worldwide Tax Summaries to provide quick access information about corporate tax systems in 152 countries across the globe. The report covers many tax issues including the latest changes in tax legislation, tax credits, and tax rates for each country analyzed in the study. The report is available in multiple formats.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 5, 2014

Russell Index Country Guidebook

The Russell Index Country Guidebook provides information for many countries that can be used to assess the general health of a market and evaluate financial performance relative to other countries or regions. Countries are classified as either a developed, emerging, or frontier level market. Insights from market participants engaged in investing activities in these countries are also provided by the guidebook.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 5, 2014

Standard and Poor's

The home page of Standard and Poor's offers detailed information regarding global indices and international stock markets. The site includes statistics, current news, S&P ratings, and S&P indices, which includes a wealth of information on emerging markets. The S&P indices are the largest of its kind in the world, indexing over $1.25 trillion.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 16, 2014

Tax Analysts

Tax Analysts is designed to provide international tax information for global businesses in the U.S. and to provide more general tax information for businesses outside the U.S. The site publishes Worldwide Tax Daily, and Tax Notes International (weekly). A paid subscription is required to gain access to financial publications but a free trial is available.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 16, 2014

The African Development Bank Group

The African Development Bank Group is the premier financial development institution of Africa, dedicated to combating poverty and improving the lives of people of the continent. It is engaged in the task of mobilizing resources towards the economic and social progress of its regional member countries. This site provides publications, financial reports, topics on development issues, and event information.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 5, 2014

Tags: Organizations, Regional Specific

The World Bank Group

The World Bank Group, focusing on poverty elimination from the world, has launched this site to promote its operations through the Internet. The Bank's Data and other Resources are listed on this site, along with Development Reports and much more useful information.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 16, 2014

United States: Export-Import Bank of the United States

The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) is the official export credit agency of the United States. Ex-Im Bank's mission is to assist in financing the export of U.S. goods and services to international markets. It provides a broad range of financial services and helps medium and small companies by assuming credit and country risks. The Ex-Im website features news releases, sponsored trade finance events, and a section on the Bank and the environment.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: August 29, 2014

Tags: Country Specific, United States

United States: Trade Finance Guide

The Trade Finance Guide, provided by the U.S. International Trade Administration, is designed to help U.S. companies learn the basics of trade finance. Individual chapters offer information on financing techniques from open accounts, to forfaiting, to government assisted foreign-buyer financing. The guide is available in PDF format as a complete document and as individual chapters.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: August 29, 2014

Tags: Country Specific, Trade Tutorials, United States

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