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Chilean banks brave tough environment

October 20, 2021

Change is underway in Chile as its financial institutions face political, economic and operational challenges. 

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New economic and political winds in Chile

October 20, 2021

Presidential elections and the possibility of a new constitution are creating uncertainty for the economic and investment environment in the country. 

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The Banker’s Top 200 Latam Banks 2021

October 20, 2021

Banks across Latin America are proving their mettle in very difficult operating environments.

Libor transition

Concerns linger over US dollar Libor transition

October 19, 2021

Most banks should have negligible Libor exposures by the end of this year. But pockets of concern remain.

el salvador and bitcoin

El Salvador’s bold bitcoin experiment yet to convince banks

October 15, 2021

Bitcoin is now legal tender in the Central American nation, but banks are keen to keep cryptocurrency off their balance sheets.

Unrest and Covid-19 hits Chilean banks’ ROE

October 8, 2021

Banco de Crédito e Inversiones, the country’s largest lender, saw return on equity drop to 8.2% last year from 10.6% in 2019.

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Bermudan banks maintain liquidity despite pandemic

October 7, 2021

The territory’s largest lender, Butterfield Bank, posted a loan-to-deposit ratio of 39% last year.

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Bumpy ride continues for Bolivian banks

October 6, 2021

The country’s largest bank by assets, Banco Mercantil Santa Cruz, saw pre-tax profits slump 60% year-on-year in 2020.

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crypto and AML

Banks’ AML travails suggest a tough road ahead for cryptoassets

September 29, 2021

Time will tell as to what extent regulators impose stringent anti-money laundering requirements on cryptocurrency operations.

Bad loan risks rise at Panamanian banks

September 22, 2021

MMG Bank Panama saw its non-performing loan ratio rise to 12.8% in 2020. 

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