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Party time in the Latin quarter

March 3, 2004

Even the weakest governments and newest companies have found issuing debt easy, writes Sophie Roell.

Reconstructing confidence

March 3, 2004

Monica Campbell on the steps Nicaragua is taking to lose its status as one of the region’s most corrupt countries.

Panama leads first Central American listing

March 3, 2004

The Banker’s first Central American ranking sees continued growth, thanks to services sector expansion.

Legislative confusion muddies free market path

March 3, 2004

As signs of economic recovery appear in Kenya, banks are being hampered by the government’s unwillingness to let go of market control. Gill Baker reports.

Latin American banks court low income segments

March 3, 2004

Some of the big Latin American banks are concentrating on new retail products to attract the unbanked segment of the population and thus grow market share. Monica Campbell reports.
Now that many big foreign banks play a major role in Latin America’s financial system, the race is on to capture a bigger chunk of the market, including its evolving commercial marketplace. Although most banks still thirst for wealthy clients, they are also slowly recognising the potential of Latin America’s enormous unbanked population.

Dire predictions on China are nothing more than scaremongering

February 3, 2004

Projections on growth for China that envisage a doomsday scenario for the rest of the world are both overblown and flawed.

Singaporean solution is best defence against unemployment

February 3, 2004

At a time when growth does not necessarily mean more jobs, governments must take a proactive stance to keep people in work.

Why the US deficit

February 3, 2004

Andrew Smithers argues that the US current account deficit is too small and its financial markets need to fall.

US banks show record profits

February 3, 2004

Top US banks, led by Citigroup, again produced strong profits growth in the fourth quarter and for all of 2003, reflecting imp-roved credit quality and strength in retail financial services.

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