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Clearing the road to investment in the Dominican Republic

November 1, 2017

With an urgent need for better infrastructure, the Dominican Republic is keen to attract more private investment. It is introducing new laws to offer guarantees to investors, but insists deals must benefit the country too. Silvia Pavoni reports.

How SMEs are powering the Dominican Republic banking sector

November 1, 2017

The Dominican Republic banking sector is solid, profitable and growing, thanks to the industry of the small local businesses that are driving the loans market. Meanwhile, banks have worked to diversify following the 2003 crisis, leading to greater stability, as Silvia Pavoni reports.

Why the Dominican Republic remains well grounded

November 1, 2017

The Dominican Republic has weathered regional recession and extreme weather to emerge as a Caribbean leader for GDP growth, driven by tourism. Government measures to strengthen both the economy and physical infrastructure have been recognised with a rating upgrade, as Silvia Pavoni reports. 

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The new age of Santander

November 1, 2017

Spain's Santander is moving into a new era as it targets larger earnings, improved customer loyalty and stronger governance. Silvia Pavoni looks at how the 160-year-old institution is planning to progress from a position of strength.

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Top 200 Latin American Banks 2017: Brazil's banks in defiant mood

November 1, 2017

While Brazil's banks appear to have ridden out the country's recession, lenders from Chile and Argentina also make strong showings in the The Banker's Top 200 Latin American Banks ranking. However, uncertainty around Nafta continues to pose problems in Mexico. Silvia Pavoni reports. 

IFCs display different shades of green

October 2, 2017

Many international finance centres are setting up or piloting sustainable finance bond programmes. But inconsistency in the way sustainability is measured makes it hard to assess just how green they really are. Silvia Pavoni reports.

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Petrobras CEO looks beyond debt and scandal to a greener future

September 1, 2017

The CEO of Brazil’s beleaguered state oil producer Petrobras, Pedro Parente, talks to Silvia Pavoni about the scandal-riven company's five-year plan to reduce its debts, how it is handling mounting environmental concerns, and what it is doing to cope in an era of low commodity prices. 

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Rodrigo Valdes: copper's bottom will not shake Chile

September 1, 2017

Chile has suffered an economic slowdown in the past few years as the price of its main export, copper, tumbled. However, efforts to diversify investment and increase competition are paying off. Now the country must leverage its reputation for stability and hold a steady fiscal course amid political elections in order to continue its hard-won progress, writes the country's finance minister. 

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Is a brighter future awaiting Brazil and its banks?

September 1, 2017

Brazilian banks have endured economic shocks and political turmoil in recent years and emerged for the most part unscathed. As conditions improve, reforms take place and the country’s powerful development bank refocuses its priorities, what does the future look like for them? Silvia Pavoni asks Brazil’s most influential bankers.

Brexit-bound London retains top slot in 2017 IFC rankings

September 1, 2017

London leads the world’s international financial centre rankings again, though second placed New York boast profits four times as large as the UK capital. Silvia Pavoni reports.

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