Monthly Archives: February 2016

Latin America: Niche players thrive in wealth management

The large investment and private banks have withdrawn from many small Latin American markets and in their wake there has been a proliferation of niche wealth management boutiques focused on the region’s high net worth individuals. In Uruguay’s capital Montevideo, … Continue reading

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Itau: the real Bank of Brazil?

“In times of crisis investors around the world seek the safe refuge of government bonds, but in Brazil they rush to put their assets in Itaú.” It’s an old line from bankers at the country’s largest private financial institution, but … Continue reading

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Venezuela nears default

The collapse in the oil price has dramatically increased the chances of a Venezuelan sovereign default in 2016. The financial position of the oil exporter has been precarious for years, say analysts, but the sub-$30 price-per-barrel of oil will raise … Continue reading

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