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Are banks fulfulling their moral role?

December 2, 2003

There is growing concern that Venezuela’s banks are ignoring their
private credit portfolios and relying instead on government paper, says
Mike Ceaser.
What happens when a nation’s banking system loses all of its customers
except one? When that nation is Venezuela, and the customer is the
government, the banks thrive. But the morals of this tactic and its
effect on the nation’s economy are being questioned.“Not having access to international markets, which had a very high cost, the state turned to the internal market”

Crisis? What crisis?

November 3, 2003

Political upheaval can translate into easy money for the financial sector – despite what the bankers might say, argues Jonathan Wheatley.

Safe spot for investment

November 3, 2003

Monica Campbell reports from Mexico City on why investment bankers’ optimism has not been dented by the slumping economy and political frustration.

Peace of mind

October 6, 2003

Brazil rates Lula

October 6, 2003