Latest articles from Barbara Pianese

Lebanese banks see total assets plunge

October 4, 2022

Lenders in the country are feeling the effects of a three-year-long economic crisis.

Databank 4 Oct

Icelandic banks' rebounding net income

September 27, 2022

While banks in the Nordic country recorded higher net income in 2021 than in 2017, inflation and increasing house prices may prove challenging in the near term.

Icelandic databank 27:09
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Is dollarisation back in fashion?

September 22, 2022

As the Latin American region battles with inflation, the use of the greenback is set to increase. Does the dollar represent a concrete possibility or a legacy of the past?

Finance Latin America

Latam’s finance solutions to bolster trade

August 17, 2022

Trade flows have recovered and the region is experimenting with new financing instruments and digitalisation. 

Latin American banks rebound but face challenges

August 9, 2022

The region has seen strong recovery post-pandemic, but obstacles to growth are forming in the shape of rising energy and food prices, inflation and impending political events.

LatAm Databank Table

Mexico’s rebounding economy at a crossroads

August 1, 2022

Inflation and the rate hikes are likely to dominate Mexico’s economic landscape this year, although foreign and domestic investment might address long-term challenges.


Mexican banks show resilience amid macroeconomic headwinds

July 29, 2022

Solid capitalisation is a key strength but Mexican lenders may face slower credit demand this year.


Banco de México confident inflation can be kept under control

July 29, 2022

Victoria Rodríguez Ceja, governor of the Mexican central bank since January, shares her views about inflation, monetary policy, financial inclusion and the banking sector in the country.

BTG Pactual keeps performance crown, while Itaú gains ground in Brazil

July 4, 2022

While Itaú Unibanco remains the largest Brazilian bank, it is the smaller BTG Pactual that outperforms its peers.

Inbursa keeps best-performing crown in Mexico

July 4, 2022

Mexico's banks have proved their resiliency, improving asset quality and profitability metrics. 

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