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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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William F Maloney: Reviving Latam’s growth in uncertain times

January 5, 2023

William F Maloney, chief economist for Latin America and the Caribbean at the World Bank, discusses the agenda for growth in the region.

Saudi Arabian banks keep growing

January 3, 2023

Lenders in the region are witnessing an increase in profitability.

Databank 3 January 2023

Indonesia hikes will hit banks’ net interest margin

December 20, 2022

The country's banks’ overall profitability should remain healthy.

Indonesia banks 20.12

South Korea’s banks get more time to comply with new liquidity requirements

December 13, 2022

The national regulator has given banks more leeway to manage a volatile credit market.

Liquidity coverage SK banks 12.12

Major banks’ digitalisation plans have not resulted in lower costs so far

December 6, 2022

Global lenders are under pressure to reduce costs, finds Barbara Pianese.

Databank 6 Dec 2022

Japan’s megabanks see CET1 decrease

November 29, 2022

The lenders have seen declining CET1 ratios for the past two fiscal quarters. 

Japan biggest banks 29:11

Singapore’s banks increase profitability but risks loom

November 22, 2022

Increasing interest rates and debt risk could spell trouble for banks. 

Singapore 22.11

Greek banks continue to reduce NPL ratios

November 15, 2022

Over the past few years, the country's lenders have shown efforts to converge on the average European bank NPL ratio.

Databank 14 Nov 22
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The Banker’s Top 200 Latam Banks 2022

November 8, 2022

Banks’ performance at a regional level recovered well in 2021, despite some outliers.

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