Latest articles from Americas

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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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Venezuela’s banks hunker down and prepare for the worst

September 1, 2017

Venezuela’s economy is in tatters, with sky-high inflation and mass shortages fuelling protests. While banks have made provisions for loan delinquencies, they are hugely reliant on deposits for funds and hamstrung by regulations. Lucinda Elliott reports from Caracas.

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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.

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Where will Trump take US-IMF relationship?

September 1, 2017

The White House has pushed back heavily on today’s multilateral world order. So how will the relationship between the International Monetary Fund and its largest shareholder, the US, evolve under the Trump administration? Stefania Palma reports.

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Colombia’s central bank governor seeks to tame the inflation monster

August 1, 2017

Juan José Echavarría, governor of Colombia’s central bank, talks to Jacopo Dettoni about the impact of recent financial reforms and how the country is getting to grips with increasing inflation.

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Can Colombia’s bond market keep its new friends from overseas?

August 1, 2017

Foreign demand for Colombia’s peso-denominated bonds has been a boon for a country struggling with low commodity prices. But for how long will market confidence stay high? Jacopo Dettoni reports.

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The irresistible rise of Latin America's fintechs

August 1, 2017

Growing numbers of fintechs are popping up across Latin America, attracting the attention of both consumers and regulators. Silvia Pavoni assesses the consequences for the region’s traditional lenders.

Mexico attracts most Nafta FDI for financial services

August 1, 2017

Out of the Nafta countries, Mexico attracted the most inward FDI in the financial services sector between June 2016 and May 2017, reports Silvia Pavoni.

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Top 50 Caricom Banks ranking: small lenders lead the growth story

August 1, 2017

While the Caribbean's largest banks have held steady in The Banker's Top 50 rankings, smaller banks further down the table have displayed the most impressive growth, writes Silvia Pavoni.

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