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The Acme Company is exploring many strategic options. Whichever global business strategy the Acme Company eventually chooses, the firm inevitably will require the services of a bank to help manage its working capital. Many major multinational banks provide a variety of working capital and multinational cash management services.

Here is a list of Acme's assumptions:

It will have subsidiaries in South America and Asia that import materials and parts and assemble for export.
It wants to centralize cash management.
It needs local lending sources for operating cash.
It needs short-term investment vehicles for excess cash balances.
It needs foreign exchange and forward market services.
It will have bills to pay in both local and other currencies.

Search out the international banks that offer multinational cash management services that combine banking with foreign exchange management. Select one bank and describe how the services it offers will take care of Acme's international working capital management requirements. Be sure to demonstrate why you believe your choice is the best alternative among the banks you investigated

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The problem wants you to observe the efforts of the major multinational organizations to track the movement of capital from the industrialized countries to less-developed and emerging countries. Their efforts are well documented on their web sites. Then the problem wants you to analyze the information and decide if investment from developed countries is really moving to the less developed countries or the emerging markets. The perspective of the banks gives the problem a developmental perspective. Usually, when an investment decision is to be made it is a question on the return on investment and only that investment where the return on investment is highest is the investment is made. In international business other factors like the risk, the political situation in that country and the countries reputation for repatriation are factored in. Finally on the basis of these observations the problem requires you to distinguish between less developed countries and emerging countries.

The problem makes several assumptions, which have not been substantiated. First, the problem assumes that it is possible to track relative movements of global capital investment. This is usually not possible; often the movements are deliberately secret and hidden. For instance a multinational ...