Latest articles from Silvia Pavoni

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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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The battle after Brexit: which European IFCs will benefit?

February 1, 2017

With the UK government’s deadline for triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty approaching, The Banker looks at the European financial centres set to gain the most from London’s potential estrangement from the European financial scene.

Bill Winters' take on China, Trump and the new world order

January 3, 2017

Despite global political uncertainty, emerging market banks will benefit from the shift of power to China, Standard Chartered CEO Bill Winters tells Silvia Pavoni.

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Creamfinance finds the perfect blend

January 2, 2017

Creamfinance is carving itself a niche in consumer lending, with fast decision-making and clear fees. The company’s co-founder and chief executive explains its philosophy to Silvia Pavoni.

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On the outside: how to tackle financial exclusion in the UK

January 2, 2017

The UK has one of the world’s most sophisticated banking markets, but when it comes to serving vulnerable and low-income people, it has yet to find the right formula. Silvia Pavoni looks at what it means to be financially excluded in the country, and whether banks are close to finding the solution.

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Alfredo E Thorne: Priming Peru’s new engines of growth

January 2, 2017

Economic growth in commodity-dependent Peru is unlikely to surpass 5% in 2017, prompting the Kuczynski government to devise a plan to boost the economy that focuses on investment in infrastructure and improved productivity. 

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