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Changes are afoot

December 1, 2004

Relaxation of Bermuda’s foreign ownership laws is boosting the island’s bank sector, reports Mairi Mallon.

Steady in the storm

December 1, 2004

Bermuda’s insurance market remains buoyant despite huge payouts after the hurricane season. This is just one of many reasons why the country is so attractive to financial services firms, reports Mairi Mallon.

Brazilian bank unions call off strike

November 4, 2004

BRAZIL’S LONGEST EVER banking strike came to an end last month, four weeks after it commenced, as workers heeded their union bosses’ call to return to their jobs. Nearly half of the country’s 400,000 bank employees had walked off the job on September 15, when Brazil’s banks refused to give them a 25% salary increase.

Life beyond General Pinochet

November 4, 2004

Chilean President Ricardo Lagos talks to Karina Robinson about reform and the challenges ahead of next year’s election.

Opposition stalls Costa Rica’s economic reforms

November 4, 2004

Can Costa Rica – traditionally stable compared with its central American neighbours – preserve its tradition of consensus building and move ahead with liberal economic reforms? Jane Monahan reports.
The question mark over Costa Rica’s economic future came into sharp focus when the finance minister, Alberto Dent, resigned on September 3, at a time of mounting opposition to his package of economic reforms.

Texas arrangers

November 4, 2004

Welcome to Texas, where global banking heavyweights are racing to cater to the banking needs of the fast-growing Hispanic population. Monica Campbell reports.
In Texas, as in other Hispanic US states, such as California, Florida and New York, both foreign and US banks are rushing to cater to a Hispanic market that they merely dabbled in not so long ago.
It is easy to see why Hispanics are finally getting attention. The Hispanic population is the fastest-growing minority group in the US, and it is predicted to grow from 14% of the country’s population – 40 million people – to 24% by 2050, according to the US government.

Danger signs on US deficits

November 4, 2004

There is growing anxiety over the vast US budget deficit. The next US administration needs to remedy the situation – fast.

Inflationary years leave financial players fitter

October 4, 2004

Paulo Miron, Sergio Rogante and Graham Nye of PricewaterhouseCoopers review the effects of inflation on Brazil’s banking sector.

Report condemns Mexican banks

October 4, 2004

Foreign banks are under attack in Mexico for charging high fees although the criticisms have been rejected by the Mexican Association of Banks. In September, Oscar Levin, head of the Mexican government’s banking consumer protection agency, sided with those taking a bleak view of Mexico’s banking system by delivering a report that slammed the institutions for charging high financial service fees.

I don't want you<br>America goes it alone whoever wins

October 4, 2004

Karina Robinson argues that, in practical terms, the policies of the Democrats differ little from those of the Republicans. At the end of the day, the US pursues the same strategic objectives regardless of who is in the Oval Office and, moreover, is prepared to go it alone.