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THE BANKER: Peru’s economic boom fuels banking progress

An economic boom coupled with new technologies is allowing Peruvian banks to tap consumer bases that have long been overlooked in the country. But, as the banking market advances at a breakneck speed, there are vulnerabilities to look out for … Continue reading

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THE BANKER: How to stop hot money burning Latin America’s growth prospects

The World Bank’s chief economist for Latin American and the Caribbean, Augusto de la Torre, discusses ways to increase the value of foreign direct investment in the region and how to manage short-term capital flows. Capital inflows used to have … Continue reading

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THE BANKER How will Brazil’s private banks see off multiple challenges?

Increased competition from public sector banks, criticism from the president, a weakening economy and aggressive interest rate cuts are combining to make life difficult for Brazil’s private banks. Will an efficiency drive see them emerge leaner, smarter and stronger? The Brazilian banking … Continue reading

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THE BANKER: Brazil’s small banks face big decisions

The small and medium-sized banks of Brazil have faced a series of challenges in recent years, from fraud scandals to adapting to international accounting standards. In light of this, the country’s government has attempted to offer some sort of salvation … Continue reading

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THE BANKER: São Paulo and Santiago: the David and Goliath of Latin America’s asset management industry

Both Santiago and São Paulo are making significant strides towards becoming Latin America’s foremost asset management hub. The Chilean capital has extensive experience, while the Brazilian metropolis already boasts the sixth largest asset management industry in the world. However, both … Continue reading

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THE BANKER (FINANCIAL TIMES): The battle for LatAm riches

Fund managers from across the globe are studying Latin America, once the Cinderella of private banking, and are liking what they see. The region’s wealthy are shaking off their reputation for producing dodgy fortunes and salting them away in Miami … Continue reading

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FINANCIAL TIMES/THE BANKER. Emerging Latin Financial Centres

Latin American financial centres are finding a golden opportunity in the years of crisis. A global investing tilt towards emerging markets and the rush by developed market companies to diversify their business into high-growth markets is breathing life into the … Continue reading

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THE BANKER: Uruguay’s banks being crippled by caution

As governments in the Western world attempt to implement more conservative regulation within their financial markets, banks in Uruguay are stagnating because of the country’s overcautious economic approach over the past decade. Pint-sized Uruguay has successfully cleansed its banking system … Continue reading

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THE BANKER Brazil: Riding the commodity super cycle

In September, Brazilian�s state-owned oil and gas champion Petrobras successfully raised $67 billion, the world�s largest ever offering by a wide margin. Foreigners flocked to buy shares, and the offer was so great it drove up the currency. That�s a … Continue reading

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Uruguay makes its mark overseas

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