November 1, 2008
by Lucien Chauvin
Prudent. That is the word used most often to describe Perus banking system by people both inside and outside the sector. And it is being heard almost daily as the international financial crisis deepens and authorities try to gauge the impact on the countrys banks. Our bankers are very prudent. The international exposure is relatively low, finance minister Luis Valdivieso said in late September. The minister, however, says the government is closely watching for signs that this might change, in order to be able to act accordingly. Two areas being monitored very closely are the currency and local bourse. The sol, thanks to interventions from the
Expansion in Peruvian retail banking will likely be slowed by the global meltdown. But a rise in thrifts opens up new frontiers to offset contraction.