Latest articles from Silvia Pavoni


Mexico's banks go from problem to solution

November 1, 2011

Mexico's banks have gone from fuelling the country's economic disasters of the mid-1990s to creating a strong financial system that has provided the economy with robust support throughout the global economic downturn.

Top 150 Latin American banks

November 1, 2011

While Brazil's banks predictably take the top spots in The Banker's Top 150 Latin American Banks ranking, a stellar year for Argentina's banks saw them posting impressive return-on-asset ratios.

Financial services firms flock to Latin America

November 1, 2011

An increasingly successful financial sector has meant that in the past five years, Latin America has been able to bolster both its foreign direct investment inflows and outflows.

City of London

Will regulation redraw the international financial centre map?

October 3, 2011

As the US and the EU focus on regulating different areas of the financial services industry, there is a temptation among financial institutions to relocate certain operations in order to evade strict new rules coming into play in certain jurisdictions. So is over-regulation posing a threat to the traditionally dominant international financial centres?


New York and London hold firm as world's top IFCs

October 3, 2011

Despite all the talk of emerging economies overtaking the traditional international financial centre powerhouses of New York and London, the big two remain in the top positions in The Banker's ranking. However, the challengers to this crown are still making ground.

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Little change in IFC world order. For now...

October 3, 2011

The traditionally dominant international financial centres are struggling to cope with a glut of post-crisis regulation, giving smaller, newer jurisdictions an opportunity to steal a march on them. The Banker's survey shows that the traditional powerhouses still hold the top spots, but their grip is not as firm as it once was.

Paraguay round table

Paraguay: an emerging opportunity not to be missed

September 1, 2011

Paraguay is being as careful with its economic resources as it has been with its natural resources. Professionals from the public and private sector discuss the advantages of this prudent strategy and the potential for further growth in the country.

Seeds for Brazil's blossoming

Unlocking Brazil's entrepreneurial spirit

September 1, 2011

Brazil may be the world’s seventh largest economy in terms of gross domestic product, but its legislation and taxation policies, not to mention its infrastructure, still needs a lot of work if the country is to realise its full potential.

Top three Caricom banks cement their lead

August 1, 2011

Caribbean economies are still feeling the shockwaves from the global financial crisis and last year's earthquake in Haiti, but the region has shown its resilience, with plenty of bright spots in this year's ranking of the region's top 20 banks. 

Christina Kirchner, president, Argentina

Is political posturing preventing Argentina from realising its potential?

June 30, 2011

Argentina has an abundance of natural resources, its industrial sector performs impressively, and it boasts a highly qualified workforce. Despite this, many foreign investors are steering clear of the country.

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