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Top 50 Caricom Banks ranking 2016: growth plateaus while profits rise in the Caribbean

August 1, 2016

Caribbean lenders still face challenges to growth, as shown in The Banker's Top 50 Caricom Banks ranking for 2016, but many have turned the corner in terms of profits. 

Carlos Fernandez Valdovinos

Paraguay central bank governor: a steady hand in a turbulent region

August 1, 2016

After eight successive years of fiscal surplus, the governor of Paraguay’s central bank, Carlos Fernández Valdovinos, explains to Silvia Pavoni how the country has managed to remain immune to the financial instability experienced in its Latin American neighbours. 

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Debt cloud hovers over Cuba's reintegration plans

August 1, 2016

While Cuba is intent on updating its socialist economy and keen for the US embargo to be lifted, the workings of commercial creditors in pursuit of repayment reveal the extent of the challenges facing the country. This is sovereign debt restructuring, but not as we know it.

Is the time right for Cuba?

July 25, 2016

If the country is allowed the time it needs to sort out its debt issues, all could win in Cuba's post-sanctions landscape.

Bolivian banks contemplate effects of financial service law

July 1, 2016

Bolivia’s varied and largely healthy banking system faces challenges from new legislation that sets lending rates and deposit floors. While bigger banks see opportunities in social housing loans, the rate curbs could have implications for microfinance lenders, and consequently for poorer citizens. Jane Monahan reports.

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Bolivia’s economy minister pledges to industrialise economy

July 1, 2016

Luis Alberto Arce, Bolivia’s economy minister, tells Jane Monahan how the country's government is attempting to diversify its economy away from its dependence on raw materials. 

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Peru targets financial and social inclusion through e-wallet initiative

July 1, 2016

The culture of informal work is a topic that Peru’s new president, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, is promising to tackle, and which banks are already addressing through financial inclusion initiatives such as the creation of a pioneering, sector-wide e-wallet. Silvia Pavoni investigates its potential to ease one of the country's main pressure points.

Top 1000 World Banks – Brazilian banks take profitability hit

June 29, 2016

Brazilian lenders still monopolise the top of the Latin American and Caribbean table, while banks from Panama, Argentina, the Dominican Republic and Mexico benefit from instability in the Venezuelan economy.

Top 1000 World Banks – JPMorgan tops static North American table

June 29, 2016

Most of the big names held fast in North America, with JPMorgan still out in front and only a little movement further down the rankings.

Alfonso Prat-Gay

Argentina's minister of economy relishes return to international stage

June 1, 2016

Argentina’s minister of economy and public finance, Alfonso Prat-Gay, talks to Silvia Pavoni about mending fences between his country and the international economic community, and how he plans to lower its poverty levels.

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