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US regional banks enjoy a golden age

July 4, 2018

A decade on from the sub-prime mortgage crisis, the US’s regional lenders are using their ample capitalisation as a springboard for acquisitions and digital initiatives. Jane Monahan reports.

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Tax and narcotics dominate Panama finance minister's agenda

July 4, 2018

The finance minister of Panama, Dulcidio De La Guardia, is seeking international co-operation to help the country tackle issues such as tax evasion and drug trafficking. In addition, he tells Silvia Pavoni, he is also looking to the UK to assist in cultivating an environment in which fintechs can thrive.

US agencies start to simplify the Volcker Rule

July 4, 2018

On May 30, the US Federal Reserve kicked off with a 60-day consultation to try and make the Volcker Rule work better for banks and the regulator. This is likely to be quite a challenging process as creating clear definitions around different types of trading, for example, is quite difficult.

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Peruvian banks face digital challenge as cash appeal endures

July 4, 2018

A change of president and an uptick in GDP is cause for optimism in Peru. However, as the economy improves, the country’s banks face a challenge in prising citizens away from their traditional faith in cash. Silvia Pavoni reports.

Top 1000 World Banks - Brazil's big banks shake off domestic troubles

July 2, 2018

Brazil may have been hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons, but its banks are still thriving. Meanwhile, Argentina dominates the return on capital table. Silvia Pavoni reports.

Top 1000 World Banks - Buoyant US banks strengthen grip in North America

July 2, 2018

A more lax regulatory environment has given a boost to large US lenders, with the 'Big Four' of JPMorgan, Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Citigroup all recording impressive performances in 2017. Silvia Pavoni reports.

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Who will survive Latin America's ‘year of political risk’?

June 1, 2018

Regional experts participating in The Banker’s virtual roundtable discuss the Latin American central banks that have impressed them, the countries that are at higher currency risk, and the possible impact on the region of elections in Mexico and Brazil. Edited by Silvia Pavoni.

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The US, China and the battle for Latin America

May 1, 2018

Though it may not be evident from Donald Trump's Twitter feed, the US is attempting to wrestle back the trade initiative from China in Latin America. Silvia Pavoni speaks to senior Washington officials responsible for taking on this task.

US keeps lead in Latam FDI - for now

May 1, 2018

Keen to hold the geopolitical balance of power in Latin America, the US is beating China in financial services FDI into the region – but not by much, as Silvia Pavoni reports.

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São Paulo governor eyes a Chinese route to Brazilian prosperity

April 23, 2018

Geraldo Alckmin, governor of São Paulo state, tells Silvia Pavoni that the new economic world order means Brazil should embrace investment from China as it emerges as the South American country’s top trading partner.

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