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The obscured view from Venezuela

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Measuring local bank performance is a challenge when a country relies on four different exchange rates.

From World / Americas / US

G-SIBs threatened with higher leverage ratio

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A higher leverage ratio requirement would prove a challenge to 13 global systematically important banks.

Puerto Ricos banks enter survival mode

Puerto Rico's banks enter survival mode

Growth in Puerto Rico's economy is sluggish, and its banks have been struggling to find profitable areas. However, a round of mergers and acquisitions – some of them enforced – and opportunities overseas mean that the island's lenders are finding some ways to expand.

Argentina continues to walk a default tightrope

Argentina continues to walk a default tightrope

It is becoming less and less likely that Argentina will resolve its dispute with international investors over its 2002 default before its presidential election in October. The question is, will the country drift further apart from the international investor community, or will the next government bring about the structural reforms markets are impatient to see?

Juan Pablo Cordoba

Colombia stock exchange chief looks to make up capital market ground

The head of Colombia's stock exchange, Juan Pablo Cordoba, discusses the need for further capital market integration in the Andean region, and tells Silvia Pavoni how deepening its capital markets ties in with the country's wider economic plan. 

From World / Americas / Peru

Does psychometrics have a future in financial inclusion?

Psychometric testing could help boost financial inclusion by providing an alternative method of predicting the willingness to repay among borrowers with no credit history, according to Daniel Schydlowsky of the Alliance for Financial Inclusion.

From World / Americas / US

US and EU still divided over clearing house rules

US and EU regulators have promised to keep working toward mutual recognition of each other’s derivative clearing houses, but there is an ideological gap to bridge.

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Top 1000 World Banks – Competition in Central and South America hots up

Brazil maintains its dominance at the top of the Central and South American ranking, but a growth spurt at two Venezuelan lenders has pushed Mexican and Chilean lenders down the list. 

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Top 1000 World Banks – No change at the top in North America

There is little change in the North American ranking, with the largest lenders continuing to bolster their capital positions and hold on to their positions in the region. 

Joaquim Levy

Joaquim Levy: how to reignite Brazil's economy

Flat growth, heavy public spending and a corruption scandal at state-owned energy giant Petrobras have dented Brazil’s appeal to international investors, but Joaquim Levy, the country’s finance minister, is working to turn its fortunes around.

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