The Asian Development Bank (ADB) aims to improve the welfare of the citizens of Asia, particularly the many residents that live on extremely low incomes by providing loans, grants, technical assistance, and policy dialogue. This site provides information and resources on business opportunities, co-financing, employment opportunities, consulting, economic research, scholarships and more for interested parties in Asia. The site also offers a number of publications and podcasts as well as country profiles and other valuable information.
The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is an international financial institution proposed by the government of China. The purpose of the multilateral development bank is to provide finance to infrastructure projects in Asia. This website is the official site of AIIB and it provides general information about the organization, such as member countries and latest news.
The Central American Integration System is the largest financial institution in Central America and is focused on the promotion of integration as well as economic and social development in the region. The site provides links to member countries, financial information, and publications. Only available in Spanish.
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.
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.
As a Euromoney Institutional Investor Company, EMIS Emerging Markets delivers news, analysis, company data, and financial data directly from emerging markets to thousands of emerging market investors around the world. A subscription is required for most features on the site.
Euromoney provides featured articles on the markets of various regions and countries of the world. Each feature article includes extensive and insightful information on the business environment of the countries, banking, and investment, primarily from a financial and economic perspective. The site publishes benchmark polls, awards, and surveys. A subscription with a fee is required to view certain parts of the website.
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.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) is the financing institution of the European Union (EU). 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.
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.
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.
The International Monetary Systems module provides information regarding the history of international monetary systems; the importance of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank; a definition of international money, capital, and international security markets; and an overview of the European Monetary System. A case study on Argentina’s economic crisis is also available.
Global Finance provides a variety of information related to finance in global markets. The site provides news articles related to various finance topics, rankings of global financial institutions, and economic and financial data related to specific countries and financial indicators.
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.
The Global Financial Stability Report is a semi-annual report published by the International Capital Markets division of the International Monetary Fund (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.
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 publications. There is also a finance page complete with capital, treasury, and loan management information for the possible investor.
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 website provides free publications on international accounting standards and procedures of more than 100 countries. Some services are available only to qualified members.
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.
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.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an international organization established to promote global growth and economic stability. The IMF website provides a broad range of useful tools including international finance research publications, a weekly news section, and a free international financial database.
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.
The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) 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, statistics and data, and news releases.
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. The site provides users access to information on current programs, projects, publications, and news.
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.
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.
PwC created the Worldwide Tax Summaries (WWTS) 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.
The Russell Index Global 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.
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.
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.
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.
The Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) is the official export credit agency of the United States. EXIM'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 website features news releases, sponsored trade and finance events, numerous online tools, and a section dedicated to small businesses.
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 as a complete document and as individual chapters.
A private international organization, the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) 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.