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Bringing Jamaica back from the brink

November 24, 2014

Jamaica’s minister of finance Peter Phillips is working with the International Monetary Fund to implement reforms and stimulate economic growth in the Caribbean country.

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.

US asset-backed securities rules reassure issuers, but not investors

November 3, 2014

The US Securities and Exchange Commission altered new rules for asset-backed securities to ease privacy concerns, but investors want more disclosure.

CFTC offers olive branch to Europe

CFTC offers olive branch to Europe

November 3, 2014

The new commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission has pledged to replace existing regulation with more cross-border friendly rules. Will it be enough to reverse the fragmentation of the global market? 

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.

Axel Kicillof

Axel Kicillof: Argentina wants to pay its bondholders

October 1, 2014

A ruling in the US judiciary system regarding Argentina’s debt restructuring has caused ructions in international markets. The country’s minister of economy and public finance presents Argentina’s position on this case.

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