Latest articles from Americas

John Moore

An established team helps Morgan Stanley hunt for new opportunities

June 2, 2014

John Moore, the head of Morgan Stanley’s Americas equity capital markets business, explains why identifying innovators is a key part of the job

Size matters in assessing systemic risk

May 27, 2014

​For years the conventional thinking was that economies where banking assets fell below the level of GDP were emerging whereas economies with banking assets two or three times the size of GDP were acknowledged as advanced. That was before the crisis.

A comparative look at the China banking boom

May 22, 2014
US and China pre-tax profits

Chinese bank assets are now larger than those in the US. A comparison of the two countries over time may give clues to the sector’s sustainability in China.

Deals of the Year 2014

Deals of the Year 2014 – Americas

May 1, 2014

The Deals of the Year winners from Americas.

Sorry times for emerging market currencies

May 1, 2014

Emerging market currencies benefited handsomely from the US central bank’s huge quantitative easing programme. With that now being unwound and with China slowing, emerging currencies are now in retreat. Those from economies with weak fundamentals are especially vulnerable. 

The future of FX regulation

The future of FX regulation

May 1, 2014

With the foreign exchange market reeling from global investigations into the possible manipulation of trading, Frances Faulds looks at the impact more onerous regulation might have on the market.

A new Venezuela

Is a post-Chávez Venezuela embracing the free market?

May 1, 2014

Politicians claim that 2014 is going to be a key year of economic development for Venezuela, with a new foreign exchange system driven by supply and demand. How will banks respond?

Brazil extends its private banking reach

Brazil extends its private banking reach

May 1, 2014

Brazil's private banking business had a wake-up call in 2013 when a stalling economy triggered a slowdown in its growth, increasing competition and forcing banks to look beyond their existing customer base. Now, armed with new strategies and a wider range of products, can Brazil's private banks finally exploit the full potential of this vast and wealthy market?

Antonio Alves

Supporting trade finance in Latin America

April 25, 2014

Over the past decade, the International Finance Corporation's short-term finance programme has facilitated billions of dollars of trade finance, and the programme's Americas head, Antonio Alves, is confident about its continued success.

Scotiabank CEO sticking to growth plan

Scotiabank CEO sticking to growth plan

April 1, 2014

Scotiabank intends to expand its domestic credit card business, despite record levels of household debt in Canada. It also wants to push retail operations in Latin America, a region where economic growth has been largely disappointing in recent years. Chief executive Brian Porter explains the rationale behind what may sound to some like a risky plan.

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