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Can fiscal reforms rescue Colombia after peace deal rejection?

December 1, 2016

The rejection of Colombia’s peace agreement via the October 2016 referendum has put the Santos government on the back foot and weakened its chances of achieving fiscal reform. Without this, the country's economy may struggle to attract much-needed foreign investment, writes Jason Mitchell.

New York comfortably leads US financial service centres tables

December 1, 2016

Unsurprisingly, New York tops the US financial centre rankings for attracting investment, but its outflows outstripped inflows by a considerable margin, as Silvia Pavoni reports.

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Argentina’s central depository: a bright capital markets future

November 1, 2016

Alejandro Berney, chief executive of Argentina's central depository Caja de Valores, talks to The Banker about how the country can defy the naysayers and enjoy a bright capital markets future. 

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Mexico’s banks upbeat despite domestic and foreign volatility

November 1, 2016

With the US as its top export market and substantial exposure to oil prices, Mexico is precariously placed if the US recovery stalls or the oil price remains low. Despite this, the country’s largest banks are well capitalised and remain optimistic for the future, as Jane Monahan reports.

Why a dose of reality is healthy for central bankers

October 3, 2016

Emerging market economies should take advantage of the current global liquidity while it lasts – but it is crucial that central bank targets for growth are realistic, and therefore credible, advises Brazil's central bank governor.

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Is Argentina poised for an economic turnaround?

October 3, 2016

The administration of Argentine president Mauricio Macri has largely impressed international observers and those within the finance industry with its market-friendly policies. The government's priority, however, remains turning around the country's economy, something its banks will play a role in. Jason Mitchell reports.

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Venezuelan banks battle to rise above inflation and FX woes

October 3, 2016

Sky-high inflation, a spiralling economy and a bleak foreign exchange environment in which the black market is thriving are presenting Venezuela's banks with one of the toughest tasks in global financial circles just to stay in business. Jason Mitchell looks at how those still standing are managing to cope.

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Top 200 Latin American Banks 2016: Brazil endures while Venezuelan banks beat the odds

October 3, 2016

Brazil is still the leading country in Latin America when it comes to the might of the region's banking sectors, but further down the table the overall picture is obscured by the crisis in Venezuela. Silvia Pavoni reports.

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Is Cuba ready for a sanctions-free future?

October 3, 2016

The collapse of its key economic and political allies has prompted Cuba to re-engage with the international community. Moreover, the promise of an end to sanctions from long-time antagonist the US has given Western businesses the hope of valuable business deals – but can they see eye to eye? Silvia Pavoni reports.

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Are e-payments about to take off in Latin America?

September 1, 2016

A mismatch of networks and uneven regulation makes Latin America a frustrating market for digital payments providers, drawn to its huge population and growing mobile penetration. But with great challenges come rich opportunities, writes Silvia Pavoni.

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