Latest articles from International Meetings

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.

Marek Belka (1)

National Bank of Poland president eyes Europe cautiously

October 1, 2014

While much of Europe has struggled over the past few years, the Polish economy has remained resilient, maintaining a sound banking system and hitting its inflation targets. This is why the president of the National Bank of Poland, Marek Belka, is remaining cautious on the topic of eurozone membership, and has no intention of opting into the European banking union.

Andreas Dombret (1)

The fundamental rules for new regulation

October 1, 2014

For new regulation to be effective, it must be adaptable to new innovations, strike the balance between simplicity and complexity, and be coherent across sectors and regions, according to Andreas Dombret of the Deutsche Bundesbank.

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