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Brazil’s digital dream: more competition, better products?

August 1, 2018

Established banks and new players alike see digital services as a way to reach Brazil’s unbanked population. But will greater competition lead to a better experience for the consumer? Silvia Pavoni reports.

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Peru’s finance minister shrugs off stability concerns

August 1, 2018

Following his predecessor’s resignation, Peru’s new finance minister Carlos Oliva talks to Silvia Pavoni about achieving political stability and the potential of public-private partnerships.

Pacific Alliance financial services FDI is reborn

August 1, 2018

Chile, Peru, Colombia and Mexico – the countries belonging to trading bloc the Pacific Alliance – have turned their fortunes around regarding financial services investment. Silvia Pavoni reports.

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Top Caricom banks: Trinidad and Tobago sees dip but keeps crown

August 1, 2018

The Banker’s survey of the top 50 Caribbean Community banks shows Trinidad and Tobago lenders leading the way, despite a fall in assets and Tier 1 capital. Silvia Pavoni reports. 

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US regional banks enjoy a golden age

July 4, 2018

A decade on from the sub-prime mortgage crisis, the US’s regional lenders are using their ample capitalisation as a springboard for acquisitions and digital initiatives. Jane Monahan reports.

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Tax and narcotics dominate Panama finance minister's agenda

July 4, 2018

The finance minister of Panama, Dulcidio De La Guardia, is seeking international co-operation to help the country tackle issues such as tax evasion and drug trafficking. In addition, he tells Silvia Pavoni, he is also looking to the UK to assist in cultivating an environment in which fintechs can thrive.

US agencies start to simplify the Volcker Rule

July 4, 2018

On May 30, the US Federal Reserve kicked off with a 60-day consultation to try and make the Volcker Rule work better for banks and the regulator. This is likely to be quite a challenging process as creating clear definitions around different types of trading, for example, is quite difficult.

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Peruvian banks face digital challenge as cash appeal endures

July 4, 2018

A change of president and an uptick in GDP is cause for optimism in Peru. However, as the economy improves, the country’s banks face a challenge in prising citizens away from their traditional faith in cash. Silvia Pavoni reports.

Top 1000 World Banks - Brazil's big banks shake off domestic troubles

July 2, 2018

Brazil may have been hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons, but its banks are still thriving. Meanwhile, Argentina dominates the return on capital table. Silvia Pavoni reports.

Top 1000 World Banks - Buoyant US banks strengthen grip in North America

July 2, 2018

A more lax regulatory environment has given a boost to large US lenders, with the 'Big Four' of JPMorgan, Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Citigroup all recording impressive performances in 2017. Silvia Pavoni reports.

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