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Brazil’s capital markets prepare for take-off

August 1, 2005

At long last, Brazil is enjoying macroeconomic stability, which is driving the development of its capital markets. Jonathan Wheatley reports.

Bancolombia

August 1, 2005

Last year proved stellar for Bancolombia, one of Latin America’s oldest banks and the largest in Colombia in terms of equity and assets. The institution reported pre-tax profits of $339m, up 53%, ranking it as one of the world’s best performing banks.
Earnings reported so far in 2005 are also positive. “The bank is growing at a healthy rate thanks to our basic strategy of sticking to a wide range of retail offerings,” says Jorge Londoño, president of Bancolombia.

Brazil leads the LatAm pack

August 1, 2005

Brazilian banks continue to dominate the region, but Mexico is putting up a fight for places in the top 10.

Paraguay on the right path to modern policies

July 4, 2005

With financial co-operatives still indulging in inadvisable practices, the country’s next banking crisis is just about due – but the sector is in much better shape to deal with it this time, reports Jane Monahan from Asunción.

Riding a wave of optimism

July 4, 2005

Banks in Trinidad and Tobago are enjoying economic stability to make them the envy of many of their regional counterparts. And in the midst of all this optimism, there is still room for growth in credit cards, mortgages and wealth management. Monica Campbell reports from Port of Spain.

A booming economy with enough energy to expand

July 4, 2005

Finance minister Conrad Enill is steering one of the fastest growing economies in the western hemisphere. Monica Campbell quizzes him on policy and strategy.

Trinidad takes the long view

July 4, 2005

A healthy energy sector is fuelling economic growth in Trinidad and Tobago, but not everyone is feeling the benefits. Monica Campbell writes from Port of Spain on the challenges facing the government.

SEC chair Cox is Republicans’ man of the moment

July 4, 2005

The republican chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, Richard Shelby, has thrown his support behind the new chairman of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Christopher Cox. He also criticised former chair William Donaldson for failing to listen to his Republican peers.

US bank profits are about to head south

July 4, 2005

The medium-term outlook for profits at US banks is gloomy, according to Andrew Smithers and George Leventis.

Buyers poised to move in on Latin banks

July 4, 2005

Monica Campbell takes a close look at which banks are likely to snap up Brazilian, Mexican and Central American banks for sale.

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