Latest articles from Panama

Panama Papers expose a tale of data leaks and toothless bodies

April 24, 2016

Progress in cleaning up offshore financial centres should be driven by international jurisdictions not the leaking of documents.

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Top 100 Central American Banks: Foreign-owned banks tap into Panama’s growth

March 1, 2016

Panama retains its position as one of the best markets for banking in Central America, but success stories can also be found in Nicaragua and Guatemala.

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Top 200 Latin American banks ranking 2015: Argentina and Brazil press on in hard times

November 2, 2015

The Banker’s Top 200 Latin American banks ranking for 2014 sees Brazilian institutions stay on top, while Argentina maintains its status as most profitable, despite mounting challenges. 

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Top 100 Central American banks ranking: Colombian-owned banks loosen their grip

March 1, 2015

While BAC Panama remained in top position, other Colombian-owned lenders fared less well in the Top 100 Central American Banks ranking, leaving the way open for Panamanian, Costa Rican and Guatemalan banks to make up ground.

Panama leads Latam for profitability

January 5, 2015
Top 10 Latin American banking sectors by return on assets

Argentina and Venezuela have the lowest impairment rates in Latin America, but this does not reflect healthy economic conditions.

Emerging markets look to SWFs for stability

October 1, 2013

A new generation of sovereign wealth funds – from resource-rich economies in Africa and Latin America – has emerged over the past few years. While these new funds are still relatively small, their impact could be sizable if they enable their source countries to secure stable economic growth and mitigate future risks associated with the booms and busts of the commodity cycle.

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Panama's passage to growth

June 3, 2013

Panama's buoyant economy has allowed its banking sector to flourish. And, with future economic growth as good as guaranteed with the forthcoming completion of the Panama Canal expansion, many of the country's lenders are making moves to further capitalise on the country's prosperous position.

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Top 100 Central American banks: Panama maintains its lead

February 27, 2013

While Panama's banks held their lead as the biggest banks in Central America, Nicaragua steamed ahead in terms of return on capital and return on assets. 

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Beyond the canal: Panama's challenges

September 3, 2012

Blessed with a geographical location that sees it link the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and the trade that comes with it, Panama is keen to show that there is more to the country than its world-famous canal. Mining, tourism and finance are rapidly growing areas in Panama, though, as senior figures in the country discuss, a labour shortage poses a threat to this impressive growth story. 

Ricardo Martinelli, Panama president

Panama's president means business

December 1, 2011

With an economy on the rise and an influx of new foreign investment, Panama's businessman-turned-president Ricardo Martinelli is planning to push on with taking advantage of the country's location and expanding the Panama Canal, as more ships look to transport goods between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. 

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