Latest articles from Brazil

Not the full picture? Brazil’s poorly performing BM&F Bovespa stock market does not necessarily reflect the country’s economy

Brazil's poor economic data belies growth potential

October 1, 2013

As Brazil’s economy continues to disappoint, investors are turning their attentions to other Latin American economies. But Brazil’s investment potential should not be underestimated.

Sebastien Chatel

Brasil Plural takes multi-tasking approach

August 1, 2013

Brasil Plural is a relative newcomer to the financial markets, but has already played an important part in the world’s biggest initial public offering of 2013, to date. However, as Brazil's economy slows, will the bank's diverse approach help it to maintain its early momentum?

Dawn of a new market: with record-breaking deals, such as Petrobras’s $11bn bond issuance, taking place in the country, investment banks are fighting for a stake in Brazil’s rapidly expanding market

Brazil's investment banks vie for market share

July 1, 2013

Once dominated by global firms, Brazil’s investment banking space is being reclaimed by local players, putting the squeeze on returns. But, despite increased competition and lower returns, is Brazil’s economy just too big to be ignored?

Brazil's big four maintain Latin American dominance

July 1, 2013

Although Brazil's largest four banks remain well clear of the pack in Latin America, there were promising developments in Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela in 2012.

Riding out the storm

How will Brazil's private banks see off multiple challenges?

February 27, 2013

Increased competition from public sector banks, criticism from the president, a weakening economy and aggressive interest rate cuts are combining to make life difficult for Brazil's private banks. Will an efficiency drive see them emerge leaner, smarter and stronger?

Jean-Marc Etlin

Itaú BBA maintains a local focus

February 27, 2013

A wealth of opportunities are opening up in Latin American debt capital markets, but Itaú BBA’s head of investment banking is keen to ensure that the bank does not neglect its still-lucrative domestic market while chasing these opportunities.

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Emerging market banks stake claims in commodities

December 3, 2012

With balance sheet clean-ups continuing in Europe and the US, banks in emerging markets have grabbed the opportunity to forge stronger relationships with local commodity producers. 

Top Latin American banks ranking, 2012

November 1, 2012

While the top 10 Latin American banks remain unchanged from 2011, it is the region's smaller operations that are leading the pack in terms of profitability and returns.

Foreign owned subsidiaries take root in Latin America

Foreign-owned subsidiaries take root in Latin America

November 1, 2012

Latin America's buoyant economies are attracting a slew of foreign institutions, with banks from within Latin America itself and from further afield establishing substantial networks across the continent. Unsurprisingly, the largest foreign-owned subsidiary presence is in Brazil, but the large domestic market has quelled Brazilian banks' ambitions elsewhere and it is Colombian lenders that are forging ahead with cross-border acquisitions.

South-south trade

Asia and Latin America: a special relationship in the making?

November 1, 2012

With advanced economies still languishing in the doldrums, trade between Asia and Latin America is driving global economic growth, and it appears that this blossoming relationship is mutually beneficial. However, could protectionist policies in Latin America dampen this ardour?

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