Latest articles from Americas

Latam recovery looks solid

March 6, 2006

All signals point to the Latin American economic recovery being sustainable, as governments have increasingly demonstrated fiscal responsibility, argues Luis A Moreno.

Panama stays at the top

March 6, 2006

Panama’s dominance of the Top 100 has grown and the country is proving attractive for group headquarters.

A lack of lenders

February 6, 2006

Argentine companies are yet to enjoy the benefits of the country’s economic upturn as banks are wary of lending. This may change with the launch of an SME stock market, while bigger enterprises are turning to foreign debt. By Jason Mitchell in Buenos Aires.

Canada profits from retail but litigation provision bites

February 6, 2006

Strong domestic retail banking performance has been the key to the continuing profitability of the top five Canadian banks ranked by Tier 1 capital (see table download).

Low-tax not no-tax

January 2, 2006

Barbadian bankers are of one mind that a light touch regime combined with transparency is better than a ‘no-tax and secrecy’ culture. Tom Blass explains.

Good for business

January 2, 2006

Barbados has succeeded in its plan to become a regional international business hub and attract a host of different enterprises by ensuring its legal framework and tax system are both robust and transparent.

Winds of change

January 2, 2006

Barbados is a bellwether for a new phenomenon – the growth of Caribbean pan-regional banks through the acquisition of local players. Tom Blass explains.

Reasons to celebrate

January 2, 2006

After several recessions, Barbados is bouncing back, and the government’s moves to strengthen the financial sector and bring in foreign investment are paying off.

Crunch time

January 2, 2006

A referendum on severing links with the UK, entry into a regional single market and the hosting of the Cricket World Cup – all by 2007. Tom Blass reports.

What the bankers say: Bolivia

January 2, 2006

The Banker invites CEOs from around the world to discuss the economic climate in their country and institution, and their hopes for the future