Latest articles from Barbara Pianese

Israeli banks warn of growing risk from judicial reform plans

February 7, 2023

The proposed overhaul of the judiciary will discourage foreign investors, critics say.

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Panama’s banks at a crossroads

January 31, 2023

The country has developed a resilient banking sector over the years, but challenges such as falling behind in competitiveness and Gafilat’s grey-listing remain.

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Peru’s banking system to grow says finance minister

January 31, 2023

The banking industry in Peru is nascent but stands to benefit from planned government measures, explains Alex Contreras, minister of economy and finance.

South Africa faces grim economic prospects

January 31, 2023

The country’s banks have had only patchy success in increasing their loan portfolios.

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Panama’s economic minister on the country’s economic challenges

January 24, 2023

Héctor Alexander, Panama’s minister of economy and finance, discusses the country’s economic outlook and its most pressing issues, such as the crisis in its pension system.

Egyptian banks strong despite economic crisis

January 24, 2023

The country’s banking sector has seen an increase in its number of branches in the past few years. 

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Panama faces an economic fight to preserve its status in Latam

January 18, 2023

While economic growth is back on track, the country needs to address the sustainability of its social security system, assure the viability of its mining sector and fix long-term challenges in its labour market.

India’s banks benefit from growing economy

January 17, 2023

In 2022, the country’s largest banks posted double-digit pre-tax profits.

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Polish banks expected to increase provisions

January 10, 2023

The European Court of Justice will rule on whether Polish banks can charge interest on Swiss franc mortgages invalidated by local courts. 

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Latam’s payments revolution

January 9, 2023

Fintechs have disrupted the payments sector in Latin America, with solutions targeting the low-value segment. Now the banks are trying to get back in the game and market conditions are testing fintechs’ business model.

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