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A new Venezuela

Is a post-Chávez Venezuela embracing the free market?

May 1, 2014

Politicians claim that 2014 is going to be a key year of economic development for Venezuela, with a new foreign exchange system driven by supply and demand. How will banks respond?

São Paulo leads Latam financial FDI inflows but Caracas tops outflows list

March 3, 2014

The Brazilian metropolis of São Paulo attracted the most FDI into its financial sector in Latin American and Caribbean cities in 2013, while Caracas in Venezuela was the surprise leader in the outflows table.

Latin America leads the profits league

September 24, 2013
Latin America leads the profits league

Two Latin American countries score highly for return on equity in their banking sectors, but more highly capitalised African banks enjoy stronger return on assets.

Emerging markets take profits crown

July 1, 2013

Banks from the emerging markets in Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region dominate this year’s most profitable banks, leaving European banks with only two countries in the top 25 ranking. 

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.

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The world watches post-Chávez Venezuela

May 1, 2013

President Hugo Chávez revolutionised life for some of the poorest in Venezuela, but also placed a heavy burden of foreign debt on the country’s economy. How will his successor approach these issues?

TEASER-on the brink

On the brink: the banks just outside the Top 1000

August 1, 2012

While The Banker's Top 1000 World Banks ranking published every July gives an insightful and unique snapshot of the state of the global banking market, our ranking of those banks featuring just below the ranking gives an excellent indication of the way in which the market is heading, and which countries and regions are on the rise.

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Battlelines are drawn in the fight for Latam's HNWIs

May 1, 2012

Many of Latin America's high-net-worth individuals are repatriating their funds and an increasing number of foreign investors are targeting the region, thanks to its rapidly expanding economy. With such demand for local product providers, domestic firms are finding themselves having to pit their specialist knowledge against the international reach of large foreign banks, making competition tough.

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President Chávez's presence looms large over Venezuela's private banks

May 4, 2011

Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez has ushered in massive changes to the country's banking sector, nationalising or closing banks, while introducing community banking terminals in slum areas to make banking more accessible. But is this level of public spending sustainable?

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Venezuela's banks survive in the face of adversity

September 2, 2009

A casual glance at Venezuela's banking sector would suggest that it is in good health. However, intervention from president Hugo Chavez's government is threatening the stability of the country's financial environment. Writer Brian Caplen

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