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Why Brazil is still a land of global opportunity

January 5, 2015

Brazil is still a land rich with opportunity, as its educated workforce, sophisticated capital markets, ever-growing private companies and large infrastructural needs show, writes the country's new finance minister, Joaquim Levy.

Bob Diamond

Bob Diamond's African journey

January 1, 2015

Former Barclays chief executive Bob Diamond wants to shake-up African banking and his investment vehicle Atlas Mara has already bought three banks. Brian Caplen assesses his efforts so far based on an interview at the recent FT Banking Summit in London.

Looking at the bigger energy security picture

December 10, 2014

A holistic view and a coordinated approach: both are needed with regards to the global energy security situation if future demand is to be met, says OPEC secretary-general Abdalla Salem El-Badri.

Peru picks up

Peru bounces back from 'tapering tantrum'

November 3, 2014

Peru's stellar economic performance over the past decade hit a bump in 2013 as a result of the US quantitative easing programme. However, the country's central bank governor sees this as a temporary setback, and reports that the Peruvian economy is back on the track towards long-term growth.

Argentina and Venezuela scoop big profits

Top 200 Latin American banks: big size in Brazil, big profits in Argentina

November 3, 2014

This year’s Top 200 Latin American banks ranking sees Brazil’s behemoth banks reducing in size, while Argentine and Venezuelan lenders continue to show jaw-dropping profitability ratios.

Juan Manuel Santos

Colombia's president looks to virtuous cycles of investment and growth

November 3, 2014

Colombia stands on the brink of a peace deal with the FARC rebels, while its economy, buoyed by cycles of strong foreign investment levels and rising GDP growth, looks set to only get stronger. President Juan Manuel Santos tells Silvia Pavoni why the country's future looks brighter than ever.

Latam trade finance

Latam's trade finance path

November 3, 2014

Trade finance is emerging as a key part of the Latin American banking business model and is bound to be a hot topic on the agenda at this year's Felaban annual meeting being held in Colombia in November. Ahead of this, The Banker speaks to experts about the challenges and opportunities that this growing business line is creating in the Latin American market.

Brazils banks hit the brakes

Brazil's banks hit the brakes

November 3, 2014

Having revelled in the economic growth that characterised the past few years, Brazil's banks are now struggling to adapt to a less favourable environment. In response to stalling gross domestic product and disposable income growth, many lenders are curbing their lending, leaving gaps, particularly in the small and medium-sized enterprise segment, for other players to step in.

Brazil's IFCs top Latam FDI inflow list, but Venezuela rules on outflows

November 3, 2014

Brazil remains the leading Latin American country for foreign investment into the finance sector, but its total investment levels have shrunk. When it comes to outbound investment into the region, Venezuela is leading the way.

View from IMF

Finance becomes victim instead of cause of risk

October 13, 2014

The financial sector may be moving down the list of global risks, but this does not come as much of a relief to the banks themselves, writes Philip Alexander from the IMF and World Bank annual meetings in Washington DC.

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