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Jamaica begins ‘retail’ CBDC pilot

August 12, 2021

The Bank of Jamaica has distributed $1.5m in central bank digital currencies to authorised institutions.

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Brazil sees fintech FDI outperform financial services

August 11, 2021

Covid-19 has dampened investment into Latin America’s largest country, but the fintech space has remained buoyant.

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Latam banking tightly linked to precarious recovery

July 27, 2021

The region’s largest banks may have weathered the pandemic, but their fortunes are still out of their control.

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A glimmer of hope in Peru?

July 27, 2021

Political tensions risk getting in the way of Peru’s economic rebound, but a freshly ratified trade agreement may keep investors’ interest alive.

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The DoJ’s power to subpoena foreign banks expands as the SFO’s diminishes

July 22, 2021

Recent legislation signals the US government’s determination to root out financial crime, regardless of where it may originate.

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Infrastructure investors eye flexible debt terms in Latam

July 8, 2021

Demand for more flexible borrowing terms is putting pressure on international and local banks to be more accommodating in order to remain competitive.

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Can UK banks adopt a Morgan Stanley-style approach to returning to work?

July 7, 2021

The US investment bank is looking to bar non-vaccinated staff from its New York offices, allowing it to remove remaining restrictions.

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Ecuador’s new president pledges bold reform agenda

June 25, 2021

Guillermo Lasso discusses his plans for Ecuador’s battered economy.

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FDI targets Mexican fintechs as consumer behaviour begins to shift

June 23, 2021

In the first quarter of 2021, foreign fintech investment created 351 jobs, compared to 27 created in traditional financial services, according to fDi Markets.

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Ambitious US infrastructure programme offers boost for banks

June 22, 2021

There are opportunities for banks in president Joe Biden’s $1.7tn infrastructure plans, but also challenges.