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Tax make or break

September 3, 2007

Brian Caplen reports on Mexico’s plans to build on its financial stability and raise pitiful tax take levels.

Mexico plays catch-up

September 3, 2007

The banking system promises huge profits potential in the next few years as players plan growth strategies in a bid to catch up with the rest of Latin America. Brian Caplen reports from Mexico City.

Slim pickings for latecomers

July 2, 2007

US investment banks have been slow to enter Brazil’s capital markets, and while they now want in, the major acquisition targets have long gone. Brian Caplen reports.

Russian banks ready to join the mainstream

May 7, 2007

The Russian banking sector is more closely resembling those of developed markets, as it focuses on building up profits from fee income. But banks face the thorny issue of how to obtain capital to sustain their remarkable growth. Brian Caplen reports.

Playing away from home

April 2, 2007

Nordic banks have traditionally adopted decentralised management structures, incorporating collective business practices while eschewing securitisation. Brian Caplen assesses whether this model can be made to work overseas.

Debate hots up in Davos over the world’s financial climate

March 5, 2007

Brian Caplen discovers that market responses to concern over climate change, the risks associated with macroeconomic imbalances and the ever-present bugbear of regulation are the issues most vexing the world’s financial powerbrokers.


March 5, 2007

Citigroup president and CEO Chuck Prince could enter the history books if he succeeds in the radical restructure he is planning for the world’s largest bank. Brian Caplen reports.

Upheavals whet big banks’ appetites

September 4, 2006

Banking consolidation, international investment and the new regional free trade agreement are attracting the attention of big hungry banks looking for an acquisition. Brian Caplen reports.

A uniform policy that doesn’t fit all

September 4, 2006

What is taken as gospel truth in European and American business circles, namely the infallibility of the western model, is far from accepted in the rest of the world. Brian Caplen explains why the dissenters exist and why their influence seems to be growing.

No easy answers in the dollarisation debate

September 4, 2006

Seeking to improve their economies, Central America’s central bankers have been looking into the pros and cons of dollarisation, but so far only two countries have taken that path. Brian Caplen reports.

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