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Jwala Rambarran

Trinidad and Tobago CBG takes the inclusive approach

July 1, 2014

The governor of Trinidad and Tobago's central bank, Jwala Rambarran, has overseen a hectic period in which the country has considerably tightened its supervision procedures, sought to clarify the role of its international finance centre and developed its capital markets. He tells Silvia Pavoni how improving financial inclusion is his next priority. 

Trinidad and Tobago IFC

Trinidad and Tobago looks to clear the IFC hurdles

July 1, 2014

Trinidad and Tobago’s plans to develop an international finance centre hold great promise, but what hurdles does the country face to achieve its goal?

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Opportunities abound for Trinidad and Tobago's banks

July 1, 2014

Awash with liquidity and riding on the back of the country's impressive economic growth, the picture looks healthy for Trinidad and Tobago's banks, with opportunities in SME financing and online banking set to maintain this momentum.

Shipping out

Trinidad and Tobago's maritime solution

July 1, 2014

Trinidad and Tobago has much to do to improve its business climate in the non-energy sector, but the Caribbean country already has ambitious plans, which include developing its maritime economy.

Trinidad and Tobago looks beyond oil and gas

Trinidad and Tobago looks beyond oil and gas

July 1, 2014

With an average GDP per capita higher than any other country in Central and South America, Trinidad and Tobago has built its economic might on the back of its oil and gas resources. However, the Caribbean country is now looking to diversify its economy, and key to this is the establishment of an IFC.

Investors face fresh interest rate challenge

Investors face fresh interest rate challenge

July 1, 2014

Since interest rates dropped to record lows in both the US and UK, investors have been anticipating their rebound and picking their investments accordingly.

Community spirit keeps small US banks afloat

July 1, 2014

New regulatory pressures and slow economic growth have been taking their toll on the US's small regional lenders, leading to worries that many of them will be squeezed out of the market. But results from the first quarter of 2014 show that these smaller players are actually performing better than the country's larger lenders. 

Top 1000 World Banks – Venezuela gains, but Brazil still reigns

June 30, 2014

Brazilian banks remain way out in front in the Central and South America region, but it is Venezuelan banks that are putting in the most eye-catching performances.

Top 1000 World Banks – US banks shrug off penalties to bolster positions

June 30, 2014

Despite being hit by a series of fines, the leading US banks have strengthened their Tier 1 capital. Meanwhile, the Canadian banks put in yet another impressive performance.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: here to stay

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: here to stay?

June 2, 2014

Since their federal takeover in 2008, the fate of US mortgage underwriters Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac has hung in the balance. Politicians have jostled back and forth on the issue of winding them down, but without any workable and politically agreeable way to fill the void they would leave in the US housing market, it seems that the two institutions may be here to stay.

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