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Top 1000 World Banks - Little change but capital improves in North America

July 3, 2017

US banks retain their top nine places in the North American regional rankings with little movement, although capitalisation has increased. Silvia Pavoni reports.

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How will Latin America's infrastructure needs be financed?

June 1, 2017

As recession and scandals continue to blight the region's economy, can Latin America’s infrastructure needs dovetail with those of international banks and investors? Silvia Pavoni reports.

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Uruguay’s finance minister celebrates return of investor confidence

June 1, 2017

Uruguay’s economy and finance minister, Danilo Astori, talks to Silvia Pavoni about his country’s resistance to recession and its increasing attractiveness to overseas investors. 

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European investment banks take stronger foothold in the US

May 2, 2017

The US is the most important market for investment banks, a fact not lost on the European players ramping up their activity in the country. Jane Monahan looks at how these institutions are competing against their American counterparts.

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A new era for China-Latin America trade relations

April 3, 2017

China’s recently declared support for globalisation has given fresh hope to Latin America, which could benefit from its established trade links with the eastern giant in the form of greater investment in infrastructure, lower tariffs and higher value exports. Silvia Pavoni reports.

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Top 100 Central American Banks ranking: Panama's dominance shows no sign of slipping

March 1, 2017

Panamanian banks have topped The Banker’s Central America rankings, notching up over half of Tier 1 capital. Meanwhile, Colombia-owned lenders grew their presence in the region. Silvia Pavoni analyses the data.

Nafta or not: Mexico’s economy in the balance

March 1, 2017

As US president Donald Trump takes aim at Nafta, which he calls “the worst trade deal ever”, Silvia Pavoni takes the pulse of Mexico’s business, banking and trade community, where hearts are thumping but heads remain cool.

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BNDES president explains bank's smaller focus

March 1, 2017

Brazil’s development bank, BNDES, has gone from dividing the economy into broad sectors to holding a narrower focus on individual requests for financing. Bank president Maria Silvia Bastos talks to Silvia Pavoni about incentivising green projects and life beyond the Petrobras scandal.

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A more positive picture for Latin America, but Trump looms large

March 1, 2017

A recovering Brazil and Argentina, the potential impact of Donald Trump's protectionist policies, the role of China and the fortunes of intra-regional trade blocs are the topics of discussion for the Latin America experts participating in The Banker's roundtable discussion. Edited by Silvia Pavoni.

São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro top financial FDI in Latam

March 1, 2017

The big Latin American cities dominate in the ranking of FDI into the region's financial centres, writes Silvia Pavoni.

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