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Mexico’s banks upbeat despite domestic and foreign volatility

November 1, 2016

With the US as its top export market and substantial exposure to oil prices, Mexico is precariously placed if the US recovery stalls or the oil price remains low. Despite this, the country’s largest banks are well capitalised and remain optimistic for the future, as Jane Monahan reports.

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US government acts to combat shell companies across states

July 1, 2016

With tax evasion, money laundering and finances for terrorism often concealed in offshore shell companies, the US is introducing rules to shine a light on the owners of these anonymous companies. But the government will not have an easy ride in bringing in the changes across all states, writes Jane Monahan. 

Bolivian banks contemplate effects of financial service law

July 1, 2016

Bolivia’s varied and largely healthy banking system faces challenges from new legislation that sets lending rates and deposit floors. While bigger banks see opportunities in social housing loans, the rate curbs could have implications for microfinance lenders, and consequently for poorer citizens. Jane Monahan reports.

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Bolivia’s economy minister pledges to industrialise economy

July 1, 2016

Luis Alberto Arce, Bolivia’s economy minister, tells Jane Monahan how the country's government is attempting to diversify its economy away from its dependence on raw materials. 

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Wall Street woes weigh on big US lenders

May 11, 2016

The first-quarter results of the US's largest banks exemplifies the difficulties being felt in the fixed-income, currencies and commodities trading space. However, unlike some of their European counterparts, US lenders are not pulling out of the business entirely. Jane Monahan investigates why. 

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The long, hard road to reform: under-represented countries' patience with IMF runs thin

September 1, 2015

The IMF's quota system – which heavily favours the G7 countries – has long been deemed outdated by the BRICS countries, among others. But with any hope of immediate reform being held up in US Congress, and alternative institutions being established, the IMF's battle to remain globally relevant is under threat.

Puerto Ricos banks enter survival mode

Puerto Rico's banks enter survival mode

July 1, 2015

Growth in Puerto Rico's economy is sluggish, and its banks have been struggling to find profitable areas. However, a round of mergers and acquisitions – some of them enforced – and opportunities overseas mean that the island's lenders are finding some ways to expand.

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A smaller focus: what the future holds for GE Capital

July 1, 2015

GE Capital was once responsible for more than half General Electric’s profit. So why is the conglomerate busy dismantling the international assets of its financial arm?

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In flux: private banking in 2015

April 30, 2015

Private banking and wealth management can be hugely lucrative, bringing in fees and boosting profits in a way that other areas of banking struggle to match. However, increased regulatory pressures and the emergence of newer, cheaper online competitors are shifting the landscape of the market. Jane Monahan examines an industry at a crossroads.

US banks play it cool with Cuba

US banks play it cool with Cuba

February 2, 2015

The US's decision to normalise relations with Cuba promises to create new opportunities for American banks looking to expand. But, with the US government's changes still to be finalised, the country's banks are reacting cautiously.

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