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Bovespa index will chart corporate behaviour

November 7, 2005

As interest in socially responsible investment increases in Brazil, the stock exchange plans an ethical index that will track responsible companies. By Oliver Balch.

CSFB’s long haul pays off in Brazil

November 7, 2005

Investment banks are often criticised in emerging markets for being fair weather friends: moving in when times are good, running for the exit when the market turns down. But if you take over a major domestic player, you are pretty much obliged to stick around.

Confidence in Mexico is hard to shake

November 7, 2005

As the main political parties choose their candidates for next year’s presidential election, Monica Campbell reports on the contenders, and prospects for the economy and investment if they succeed.

Big plans for a small state

November 7, 2005

St Kitts and Nevis is taking steps to sustain stable growth, benefit from regional integration and develop the financial sector according to prime minister Denzil Douglas.

Basel II risks failure without the US on board

November 7, 2005

If the US and Europe cannot agree on a common capital adequacy system, the idea of a level playing field will become a vain hope.

In defence of unorthodox economic strategies

November 7, 2005

Barbados premier Owen Arthur tells James Eedes what lies behind his economic policies, which he continues to follow against the advice of the IMF.

Banorte: Mexico’s homegrown success

October 3, 2005

Banorte, Mexico’s fifth-largest bank, is doing well under the leadership of chief executive Luis Peña Kegel.Monica Campbell reports from Mexico City.
These days, Luis Peña Kegel, the 45-year old chief executive of Banorte, has reason to relax in his spacious Mexico City office. Talk about a strong year. In the second quarter of 2005, Banorte delivered earnings totalling $192m, a 249% jump compared to the same 2004 period.

KPMG Report: Foreign Bank Branches in Japan

October 3, 2005

Research shows that foreign banks operating in Japan have found the going increasingly tough during the past 12 months while the US prepaid card market goes from strength to strength. Stephen Timewell explains.

Latin America’s search for stability

October 3, 2005

The roller-coaster Latin American banking system could become more stable if potential crises are spotted and dealt with quickly, writes Jonathan Wheatley from São Paulo.
Latin America, it seems, is a region perpetually lurching from one crisis to another.

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