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How Peru's Financial Services Industry Weathers Political Storms
Peru

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The Peruvian financial services industry is making a strong comeback this year despite major corruption scandals that led to the resignation of the country's president and the ousting of the justice minister. In this Intelligence Series report, we look at the fundamentals of the industry, as well as its near-term and future outlook.

BigTech: The Coming Disruption of Latin America's Banking Sector
Regional

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Not all disruptions are the same: while fintechs still depend on traditional banks and insurers for customer data and funding, tech giants such as Amazon, Facebook and Latin America's own MercadoLibre have deep pockets, are experts in data processing and analytics, and have a ready-made customer base in their marketplace or social network ecosystems.

Mexico's Banks on Standby Mode amid Electoral, Trade Uncertainty
Mexico

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Weak economic growth and rising inflation, along with unease about the July 1 general election and Nafta negotiations, have slowed the pace of lending. In this Intelligence Series report, BNamericas takes an in-depth look at the Mexican banking sector.

LatAm M&A Slows in Year of Political Uncertainity
Argentina,Brazil,...

LatAm M&A Slows in Year of Political Uncertainity

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Mergers and acquisitions slowed during the first four months of the year in Latin America, suggesting uncertainty generated by the upcoming presidential elections in Mexico and Brazil. Read this report to get to the heart of what is happening in M&A in the region.

Banking in Brazil: Economic Growth Underpins Healthier Outlook
Brazil

Banking in Brazil: Economic Growth Underpins Healthier Outlook

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Brazil's loan portfolio will sees its first expansion this year since 2014 as the country continues to rebound from the disastrous downturn of 2015 and 2016. The improvement of the labor market, a sharp decline in inflation and interest rates, and lower levels of household debt all bode well for the financial system. Read this report for more.

Banking in Peru: Recovery Underway, but Politics Raise Doubts
Peru

Banking in Peru: Recovery Underway, but Politics Raise Doubts

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The performance of the Peruvian banking system has moved in line with economic growth. The loan portfolio is recovering part of the pace lost in the last two years and profitability levels at the main banks remain healthy. However, political instability raises questions about the sustainability of the ongoing economic recovery. Read this report to understand the Peruvian banking system in the context of the political crisis.

Pension Systems Under Fire: The Reform Debate in Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Peru
Argentina,Brazil,...

Pension Systems Under Fire: The Reform Debate in Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Peru

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Quick demographic change - the number of people aged 60 or older will exceed for the first time that of children and adolescents under 15 in 2036, according to ECLAC - and the high rates of informality in the labor market in Latin America are combining to put increasing pressure on pension systems. Read this report to understand the heated pension debate in Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Peru.

Argentina's Banking and Insurance Industries in Recovery
Argentina

Argentina's Banking and Insurance Industries in Recovery

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Despite inflation and an annual interest rate of 28%, the financial sector in Argentina is beginning to regain the trust of a society that has viewed it with disapproval following crises such as the 2001 freezing of accounts. Read this report to understand the current state of Argentina's banking and insurance industries.

Banking Survey 2018
Regional

Banking Survey 2018

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Read this report to understand what experts in the industry think about banking in Latin America for 2018.

Banking Outlook 2018: Recovery Firmly Underway
Regional

Banking Outlook 2018: Recovery Firmly Underway

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With GDP estimates on the rise and inflation on the decline in most Latin American countries, regional banks are in a position to benefit from the recovery in loan growth and profitability that began to be seen this year. Read this report to understand the major trends for the banking sector in Latin America in 2018.

Political Risk Report: Macri's Reforms Get Stamp of Approval
Political Risk Report: Peru's New Crisis
Regional

Political Risk Report: Peru's New Crisis

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In our third Political Risk report, we look closely at Peru, where the government of Pedro Pablo Kuczynski faces its most challenging political crisis yet. We also zoom in on Mexico, where a powerful earthquake has caused considerable damage and loss of life. We also update all matters relating to political and economic risk in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico. Our podcast this month focuses on political risk in Peru, and how this affects projects in the infrastructure, mining and energy sectors.

Political Risk Report: Venezuela Moves Away from Democracy

Political Risk Report: Venezuela Moves Away from Democracy

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In our second political risk report, we incorporate an analysis of Venezuela, which is in the midst of a highly volatile political and economic crisis. We also assess the impact of the legislative primaries in Argentina, and update all matters relating to political and economic risk in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru, and Mexico. Our podcast this month focuses on political risk in mining in Argentina.

Political Risk Report: LatAm Braces for Marathon of Elections
LatAm M&As on the Rise
Regional

LatAm M&As on the Rise

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After two years that saw dropping values of M&A operations in Latin America, activity picked up moderately at the end of 2016, a trend that has strengthened this year. In the first four months of 2017, there were 668 transactions in the region, up 4.7% over the same period in 2016. Operations with disclosed values totaled US$14.6 billion, a year-on-year jump of 124%. Read this report for details on M&A trends in the region.

Banks in Brazil: On the Mend
Brazil

Banks in Brazil: On the Mend

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Brazil is finally coming out of recession, but the road to recovery is long and complicated. In this report we describe credit trends in Brazil in recent years and look at the prospects for 2017 and 2018. In addition, we analyze the factors driving the profitability of the system and whether there will be changes in the coming years. Finally, we explain the change in role of public sector banks and how this impacts lending and profitability.

LatAm Bond Markets: Navigating Volatile Waters
Regional

LatAm Bond Markets: Navigating Volatile Waters

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This report describes the main trends in the bond market in Latin America. In addition, it presents analysis and projections regarding the opportunities and risks in countries in the region where bond issues are most frequent.

Argentina's Banks Face New Reality
Argentina

Argentina's Banks Face New Reality

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This report describes the changes in the banking industry in Argentina over the last year and the effect these are having on financial entities. In addition, we analyze each credit segment and look at projections for the short and medium term. Finally, we examine the effects on profitability and what tools banks can use to counteract them.

New Insurance Lines in Latin America
Regional

New Insurance Lines in Latin America

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Facing an environment of greater competition and new demands, insurers are launching innovative products in niche markets with high growth potential. Products such as insurance against the risk of cyberattacks, new coverage for renewable energy projects, merger and acquisition insurance, and low-cost policies for cars up to 25 years old are expanding in Latin America. In this report we describe these new lines of insurance and analyze their growth prospects in the short and medium term.

The Impact of President Trump on the Mexican Economy
Mexico

The Impact of President Trump on the Mexican Economy

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The moment has arrived. US President Donald Trump spoke extensively during his campaign about policy that could potentially have devastating effects on Mexico. But what might these policies be, and how will they impact Mexico? This report seeks to shed light on the matter.