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Can green bonds help prevent climate catastrophe

Can green bonds help prevent climate catastrophe?

January 2, 2014

A groundswell of support for green finance means headway is being made in the transition to a low-carbon economy, with new sustainable models of finance, the issuance of green bonds and initiatives to level the playing field among banks. 

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What does the future hold for Yellen's Fed?

October 28, 2013

With Janet Yellen set to assume the position of head of the US Federal Reserve, her defining challenge will be tapering the Fed’s huge quantitative easing programme. Jane Monahan looks for clues as to her likely stance.

World Bank and IMF

A new generation of challenges face the World Bank and IMF

October 1, 2013

The 2013 meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund are, as has been the case in recent years, set to focus on the global economy and economic recovery, but will the internal wranglings of the group overshadow proceedings? 

Jim Yong Kim

World Bank president reveals his masterplan

October 1, 2013

With criticism from both outside and inside the organisation, the World Bank Group has had to rethink its strategy and objectives in recent years. World Bank president Jim Yong Kim discusses these changes in an exclusive interview with The Banker, explaining why the institution remains a vital force on the world stage and how it plans to tackle pressing global problems such as poverty and climate change.

Mauricio Cardenas

Colombia's finance minister looks for growth in equal measure

April 2, 2013

Colombia might boast one of the strongest economies in Latin America but the country's finance minister, Mauricio Cardenas, is more than aware that its economic growth – largely dominated by its energy and mining sectors, which benefit only a small proportion of the population – needs to be diversified and its rewards better distributed.

The Colombian conundrum

Colombia: a profitable but closed shop?

April 2, 2013

Colombia's well regulated but relatively unsaturated banking sector represents a good growth opportunity, but the dominance of its three largest lenders makes it a difficult market to enter.

US regional banks find different paths to growth

US regional banks find different paths to growth

January 2, 2013

While many of the US's local lenders were hit by the subprime crisis, most of the larger regional banks are now back in growth mode. The Banker profiles four such banks.

Too big to succeed

Ecuador's big banks bound by bureaucracy

November 1, 2012

Ecuador’s banks have undergone sweeping changes, as the Rafael Correa-led government seeks to redress the balance between lenders and their customers. Officials say the interventions are necessary, but with big banks hit the hardest, bankers are asking just how this regulation benefits the market.

Patricio Rivera

Ecuador’s finance minister goes against the grain

November 1, 2012

Increasing tariffs on luxury goods and social sector government spending may not be conventional economic policy moves, but they have worked for Ecuador’s finance minister, Patricio Rivera, who has helped the country's gross domestic product to grow while reducing its poverty rate, decreasing unemployment and increasing the country's energy capacity.

Will new rules kick-start Mexican IPO rush

Will new listing rules bring IPO rush for Mexico?

March 1, 2012

A new proposal in Mexico is urging foreign-owned banks to list on the country's stock exchange. But while these banks achieve high returns on equity and the global equity markets remain volatile, the Mexican regulators may have a wait on their hands before these plans come to fruition.

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