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Bumpy ride continues for Bolivian banks

October 6, 2021

The country’s largest bank by assets, Banco Mercantil Santa Cruz, saw pre-tax profits slump 60% year-on-year in 2020.

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Will new president bring positive change for Bolivia’s banks?

December 2, 2019

Bolivia’s political upheaval means changes ahead for the country’s banking sector, which will be hoping for a review of its high taxes. 

Bolivian banks contemplate effects of financial service law

July 1, 2016

Bolivia’s varied and largely healthy banking system faces challenges from new legislation that sets lending rates and deposit floors. While bigger banks see opportunities in social housing loans, the rate curbs could have implications for microfinance lenders, and consequently for poorer citizens. Jane Monahan reports.

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Bolivia’s economy minister pledges to industrialise economy

July 1, 2016

Luis Alberto Arce, Bolivia’s economy minister, tells Jane Monahan how the country's government is attempting to diversify its economy away from its dependence on raw materials. 


Top 200 Latin American banks ranking 2015: Argentina and Brazil press on in hard times

November 2, 2015

The Banker’s Top 200 Latin American banks ranking for 2014 sees Brazilian institutions stay on top, while Argentina maintains its status as most profitable, despite mounting challenges. 

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Bolivian finance minister looks to cash in on strong economy

April 23, 2012

Bolivia is about to tap the international capital markets for the first time in a century, a move which its finance minister says reflects its impressive economic performance of the past few years.

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Bolivia's economy minister reaps the rewards of prudence

June 1, 2011

Bolivia's economy minister, Luis Arce explains that the careful management of the country's finances over the past few years have left it in a strong position to not only cope with such demands, but to continue to grow.

The power behind Bolivia's new energy

December 8, 2010

Bolivia is barely recognisable from the state it was in 20 years ago - it now has a budget surplus and a store of foreign currency, and there are even plans to make the country an export hub for electric power and natural gas. Hugh O'Shaughnessy met Bolivia's vice-president Álvaro García Linera to discuss the country's prospects.

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May 28, 2010

Luis Arce, Bolivia's finance minister

Since president Evo Morales took office in Bolivia in 2006, political stability has gone hand-in-hand with a period of robust economic growth. The country's finance minister shares with The Banker how Bolivia has managed to protect itself from the worst of the global economic crisis and spells out plans for future expansion. Writer Jane Monahan

Winners and Losers in LATAM

June 4, 2009

Some of the multilateral development banks in the Latin Americas region are proving stellar sources of funding at this time of crisis, although others are lagging behind with depleted reserves. Writer Jane Monahan

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