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Will Argentina take all of its bitter medicine?

Argentina’s central bank says it knows it needs to restore credibility, but if the recession persists and with elections next year, could the BCRA use the embedded flexibility in the IMF’s  new monetary system to – again – ease too soon? Gradualism … Continue reading

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Argentina leaves markets worried about ability to grow

“It’s like chemotherapy. If you have it all at once, you are going to kill the patient. You need to find a dose that won’t kill the patient.” The patient being discussed by a senior capital markets banker in New … Continue reading

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Euromoney’s review of global banks: Itau

The optimal way to drive through a sharp turn in the road is to slow down before you reach it, before accelerating out from the mid-point of the curve. In much the same way, Itaú Unibanco has steered its way … Continue reading

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Euromoney’s review of global banks: Bradesco

This was the year that Bradesco absorbed HSBC’s Brazilian bank. The deal, valued at R$16 billion ($4.8 billion), added five million current account clients, around 22,000 employees, 851 branches and 448 ‘mini-branches’. However, the bank said it wanted to retain … Continue reading

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Argentina’s delicate balancing

President Mauricio Macri’s economic inheritance was toxic; his policy of gradual fiscal realignment looks like it will lead to success in this year’s crucial mid-term elections, but the country desperately needs investment to maintain the transition. Let me answer in … Continue reading

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Brazil’s XP chooses a road often travelled: selling to Itaú

Brazilian brokerage firm XP Holding Investimentos has pulled its IPO in favour of selling a large minority stake to Itaú. The announcement came just days after XP had filed for an IPO that was expected to raise between $1.5 billion … Continue reading

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NPLs point to credit quality recovery in Brazil

The Q1 2017 results of the Brazilian banks might mark the beginning of an inflection point for the country’s credit performance, according to Fitch Ratings. The rating agency believes that the signs of stabilization of the banks’ non-performing loans (NPLs) … Continue reading

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Santander Brasil begins to win converts to its turnaround story

Credit Suisse believes 2017 will be seen as “a defining year” in the history of Santander Brasil. Marcelo Telles, the Swiss bank’s equity analyst for the Brazil-listed bank, believes the perennially underperforming bank is achieving a strategic turnaround – and … Continue reading

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Banco do Brasil begins to convince

Banco do Brasil’s CEO Paulo Rogerio Caffarelli has expressed confidence that the bank will see a significant recovery in profitability and other financial metrics during the rest of this year, due to a combination of a return to growth for … Continue reading

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Peña presses on as Paraguay outperforms

This year Paraguay is marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of its most famous writers, Augusto Roa Bastos, who once described his landlocked country as: “An island surrounded by land”. The small Latin American country, with a … Continue reading

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