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Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: here to stay

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: here to stay?

June 2, 2014

Since their federal takeover in 2008, the fate of US mortgage underwriters Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac has hung in the balance. Politicians have jostled back and forth on the issue of winding them down, but without any workable and politically agreeable way to fill the void they would leave in the US housing market, it seems that the two institutions may be here to stay.

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?

Fast growth and rare opportunities in the new Colombia

Fast growth and rare opportunities in the new Colombia

March 3, 2014

With the fastest growing economy in Latin America and the lowest rate of inflation, Colombia has a lot going for it. But foreign banks looking to enter the market are finding that opportunities are rare and competition is intense. 

Juan Manuel Santos

Colombia's president touts peace and prosperity

March 3, 2014

Juan Manuel Santos, Colombia’s centrist president, is the front-runner in presidential elections due to start in May and, if national polls prove correct, looks set to win a second term in office.

Enrique Peña Nieto

Mexico's banks poised to reap the rewards of new reforms

January 2, 2014

The swathe of new reforms being proposed by Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto have the potential to open up new avenues of business for the country's banks, both large and small.

Can green bonds help prevent climate catastrophe

Can green bonds help prevent climate catastrophe?

January 2, 2014

A groundswell of support for green finance means headway is being made in the transition to a low-carbon economy, with new sustainable models of finance, the issuance of green bonds and initiatives to level the playing field among banks. 

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What does the future hold for Yellen's Fed?

October 28, 2013

With Janet Yellen set to assume the position of head of the US Federal Reserve, her defining challenge will be tapering the Fed’s huge quantitative easing programme. Jane Monahan looks for clues as to her likely stance.

World Bank and IMF

A new generation of challenges face the World Bank and IMF

October 1, 2013

The 2013 meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund are, as has been the case in recent years, set to focus on the global economy and economic recovery, but will the internal wranglings of the group overshadow proceedings? 

Jim Yong Kim

World Bank president reveals his masterplan

October 1, 2013

With criticism from both outside and inside the organisation, the World Bank Group has had to rethink its strategy and objectives in recent years. World Bank president Jim Yong Kim discusses these changes in an exclusive interview with The Banker, explaining why the institution remains a vital force on the world stage and how it plans to tackle pressing global problems such as poverty and climate change.

Mauricio Cardenas

Colombia's finance minister looks for growth in equal measure

April 2, 2013

Colombia might boast one of the strongest economies in Latin America but the country's finance minister, Mauricio Cardenas, is more than aware that its economic growth – largely dominated by its energy and mining sectors, which benefit only a small proportion of the population – needs to be diversified and its rewards better distributed.

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