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Allowances for loan losses jump at Costa Rican banks

October 26, 2021

Banco de Costa Rica, the second-largest bank by assets, increased allowances for loan losses by 28% year-on-year in 2020.

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Can Costa Rica tackle its debt problems?

July 21, 2020

President Alvarado hopes package of cuts will help put country on a more secure economic footing.

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Top 100 Central American Banks: Foreign-owned banks tap into Panama’s growth

March 1, 2016

Panama retains its position as one of the best markets for banking in Central America, but success stories can also be found in Nicaragua and Guatemala.

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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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Top 100 Central American banks ranking: Colombian-owned banks loosen their grip

March 1, 2015

While BAC Panama remained in top position, other Colombian-owned lenders fared less well in the Top 100 Central American Banks ranking, leaving the way open for Panamanian, Costa Rican and Guatemalan banks to make up ground.

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Top 100 Central American banks: Panama maintains its lead

February 27, 2013

While Panama's banks held their lead as the biggest banks in Central America, Nicaragua steamed ahead in terms of return on capital and return on assets. 

Incomers incite fight for clients

March 4, 2008

As foreign players enter the market, John Rumsey in San José asks how much competition is healthy for Costa Rica’s banks?

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.

Costa Rica leads the pack in 2002 trade rankings for Latin America

March 3, 2004

This month, The Banker publishes its first ranking of trade conditions for Latin America based on 2002 data.

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