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Missed chances

April 3, 2006

A huge amount of hard currency flows in from abroad in the shape of remittances, yet banks have steered clear of it, missing out on a golden opportunity.

Survivors back on course

April 3, 2006

Although there is still fallout from the Dominican Republic’s banking crisis, the sector is ready to move on as opportunities emerge through consolidation, regulation, openings for foreign players and new product offerings.

Confidence booster

April 3, 2006

Héctor Valdez Albizu’s tough reputation in his role as Central Bank governor instils confidence in the market. He tells Tom Blass what plans are afoot to move the economy forward and strengthen the banks.

Centre of excellence

April 3, 2006

The Dominican Republic’s offshore banking centre, the International Financial Center of the Americas, is due to open in 2009 and the man who planned the project believes it will redefine perceptions of the country.

Dominicans move on

April 3, 2006

Putting its worst banking crisis behind it, the Dominican Republic is concentrating on strengthening its currency, reaching new agreements with the IMF and successful debt exchange. Tom Blass reports.

HSBC’s stealthy and steady expansion

April 3, 2006

The UK bank’s strategy in Latin America is paying off. Jules Stewart reports.

Vittorio Corbo: A Firmly Grounded Academic

March 6, 2006

In mid-2003, Vittorio Corbo became Chile’s central bank governor in the wake of a financial scandal.

Making advances to the unbanked

March 6, 2006

Chile’s banks are scrambling for market share in the retail sector, where rich profits lie. Ian Gill reports on the courting of clients at the market’s lower end.

Banco Agromercantil: A Profitable Venture

March 6, 2006

Banco Agromercantil may not be Guatemala’s biggest bank and claims less than 10% market share, but it is one of the healthiest and most profitable institutions in the country.

Time to consolidate

March 6, 2006

Guatemala’s growing banking sector needs to consolidate to remain competitive, especially as foreign banks are eyeing up the country. Monica Campbell reports from Guatemala City.