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Top 1000 World Banks - Big Brazilian banks still lead in Latam but Mexicans on the rise

July 1, 2019

A quartet of Brazilian banks are responsible for the lion's share of Latin American capital once more, but the region has experienced mixed fortunes in general. 

Top 1000 World Banks - Little change in North America as merger looms

July 1, 2019

There is no change in the top 10 of the North America ranking, though all eyes are on a merger between BB&T and SunTrust. 

How has the US-China trade war affected financial services FDI?

June 3, 2019

US investment into mainland China has all but dried up as the trade war heats up. 

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Are mergers back in favour in the US?

May 1, 2019

The merger of US mid-sized banks BB&T and SunTrust resulted in an entity of impressive scale and profitability, but will similar sized US banks be rushing to emulate the deal?

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What next for Venezuela?

March 19, 2019

The scene is set for a leadership change in Venezuela as international sanctions bite. How to handle such a delicate situation is proving tricky for bond holders and foreign investors.

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Mexico's deputy finance minister prepares for poverty fight

March 1, 2019

Mexico’s deputy finance minister, Arturo Herrera, talks to Jane Monahan about how the country’s new government plans to effect social change through economic policy.

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How will Mexico fare under López Obrador?

March 1, 2019

The Banker looks at how the early policies of new Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador are being greeted by the financial sector and businesses.

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What are Latin America's prospects for 2019?

March 1, 2019

The Banker asked a group of economists to share their views on Latin America’s prospects in 2019, as new administrations promise change, Argentina deals with austerity and US-China trade tensions threaten to hit exporters. Silvia Pavoni reports.

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The Banker's Top 100 Central American Banks ranking: Panama keeps regional crown

March 1, 2019

The ongoing issues around Panama's offshore tax haven status since the Panama Papers scandal of 2016 have not negatively affected its banks, which continue to dominate in Central America. 

Mercosur IFCs take bulk of Latam FDI over Pacific Alliance hubs

March 1, 2019

Mercosur and the Pacific Alliance are trade hubs within Latin America, but it is the former that attracts the lion's share of financial services FDI.