Latest articles from Americas

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

June 29, 2015

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. 

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

June 29, 2015

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

June 1, 2015

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.

Pressure for regulators to complete US swaps revolution

May 26, 2015

The advent of swap execution facilities has not brought about the open access to trading that buy-side participants expected.

Alonso Segura

Peru's finance minister makes a mobile banking call

April 30, 2015

Peru's new finance minister, Alonso Segura, is keen to push ahead with plans to diversify the country's economy, reduce informality and finally move banking into the mobile area.

US banks and rising interest rates: a balancing act

April 30, 2015
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As the US's economic recovery picks up steam, the Federal Reserve has tapered purchases of debt securities and expects to raise interest rates later this year. First quarter results of the largest US commercial banks show that they are more than prepared for the challenges that will follow.

Mexico reform

How reform has revamped Mexico's banking market

April 1, 2015

While declining oil prices have chilled investor interest in Mexico’s newly opened energy sector, the longer term prospects for the country's economy have never been better. Silvia Pavoni looks at the lasting impact of 2013's market reforms and of the country’s growing infrastructure pipeline.

Warren Smith

Caribbean Development Bank president looks to more diverse, recession-free future

March 4, 2015

Slowly but surely, the Caribbean is emerging from a long and painful recession. The president of the Caribbean Development Bank, Warren Smith, explains how diversifying the region's economy beyond tourism and establishing a renewable energy sector will help protect against future crises. 

Latin America's infrastructure renaissance?

March 2, 2015

Latin America's infrastructure gap is wide and deep, but a new wave of crucial projects are finally starting to fill the void. The Banker takes a look at some high-impact developments that look set to help the region's trade, energy and urbanisation needs.

The challenges facing Latin America in 2015

March 2, 2015

A combination of new political strategies at home and abroad, evolving trade routes and weak oil prices are creating a new environment for Latin America. The Banker asked a group of influential economists how the future will look for the region.

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