Latest articles from Silvia Pavoni

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Top 200 Latin American Banks 2016: Brazil endures while Venezuelan banks beat the odds

October 3, 2016

Brazil is still the leading country in Latin America when it comes to the might of the region's banking sectors, but further down the table the overall picture is obscured by the crisis in Venezuela. Silvia Pavoni reports.

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Is Cuba ready for a sanctions-free future?

October 3, 2016

The collapse of its key economic and political allies has prompted Cuba to re-engage with the international community. Moreover, the promise of an end to sanctions from long-time antagonist the US has given Western businesses the hope of valuable business deals – but can they see eye to eye? Silvia Pavoni reports.

London retains IFC crown as Brexit fallout looms

October 2, 2016

London remains the world's leading international financial centre, though the vote for the UK to leave the EU has cast an element of doubt over its future. Hoping to take advantage of any uncertainty will be the likes of New York and Hong Kong, which finished a respective second and third in The Banker's ranking.

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Are e-payments about to take off in Latin America?

September 1, 2016

A mismatch of networks and uneven regulation makes Latin America a frustrating market for digital payments providers, drawn to its huge population and growing mobile penetration. But with great challenges come rich opportunities, writes Silvia Pavoni.

Paris leads western European IFCs by bank profits

September 1, 2016

The French capital is thriving, but profitability is on the wane in many of its rival cities, reports Silvia Pavoni.

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Why are there so few women in fintech?

August 24, 2016

Fintech is all about disrupting, modernising and democratising financial services, yet when it comes to gender it is performing worse than the ‘old-fashioned’ banks. Silvia Pavoni looks into the reasons why.

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Paraguay central bank governor: a steady hand in a turbulent region

August 1, 2016

After eight successive years of fiscal surplus, the governor of Paraguay’s central bank, Carlos Fernández Valdovinos, explains to Silvia Pavoni how the country has managed to remain immune to the financial instability experienced in its Latin American neighbours. 

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Debt cloud hovers over Cuba's reintegration plans

August 1, 2016

While Cuba is intent on updating its socialist economy and keen for the US embargo to be lifted, the workings of commercial creditors in pursuit of repayment reveal the extent of the challenges facing the country. This is sovereign debt restructuring, but not as we know it.

Beijing leads Chinese charge at top of IFC assets ranking

August 1, 2016

Beijing confirms its dominance of the list of largest financial centres by banking assets, ahead of five more Chinese cities in the top 50.

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Peru targets financial and social inclusion through e-wallet initiative

July 1, 2016

The culture of informal work is a topic that Peru’s new president, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, is promising to tackle, and which banks are already addressing through financial inclusion initiatives such as the creation of a pioneering, sector-wide e-wallet. Silvia Pavoni investigates its potential to ease one of the country's main pressure points.

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