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Latin American IFCs witness big FDI fall

November 2, 2015

São Paulo leads the ranking for investment in financial services in Latin America and the Caribbean, but overall investment has declined dramatically in the past year. 

TPP to benefit a third of global economy

October 12, 2015

Signatories hope the landmark trade deal will bolster trade worldwide after a tepid recovery from the crisis.

US derivatives notional value at lowest level since 2008

October 5, 2015
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The notional value of derivatives from US market participants dropped to the lowest levels since the financial crisis in the second quarter of this year, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency reports.

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De-risking Latin America

October 1, 2015

Regulators’ attempts to crack down on illicit activities are pushing foreign banks out of correspondent relations or entire Latin American and Caribbean markets. Silvia Pavoni looks at what the long-term impact of this will be on the region’s international banking activities.

Latam de-risking: fresh ideas wanted

September 27, 2015

Banks’ response to regulators attempts at reducing risk are having the opposite effect in Latin America.

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US-Cuban relations: progress, challenges and surprises

September 1, 2015

The announcement in December 2014 of a restoration of normal relations between Cuba and the US shocked many, and thus far very little opposition has been registered. However, this inactivity should not shroud the challenges that lie ahead for both countries, says Peter Hakim of Inter-American Dialogue.

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Peru's digital push: how the country's banks are tackling financial inclusion

September 1, 2015

Peru's economic growth may be slowing, but its bank are still turning in impressive results. The big opportunity on the horizon, however, is the launch of a cross-bank digital payment platform, which could bring a considerable increase in the country's financial inclusion levels.

Is Mexico ready to embrace mobile banking?

September 1, 2015

The low levels of penetration in mobile banking in Mexico are matched by underwhelming financial inclusion figures. Could a rise in the former bring about an improvement in the latter? Silvia Pavoni investigates.

Trinidad and Tobago banks ride out oil price hits

Trinidad and Tobago banks continue to lead Caricom ranking despite oil price hits

August 2, 2015

Weak economic growth has lowered profitability across the Caribbean Community and Common Market, but the strong Trinidadian banking market and good results elsewhere offer some good news in the region.

The obscured view from Venezuela

July 24, 2015
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Measuring local bank performance is a challenge when a country relies on four different exchange rates.

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