For years, personal credit in Mexico and Brazil was outrageously expensive and near impossible to obtain. Declining interest and inflation rates are changing that. Non-banks are lending where traditional banks fear to tread.
A culture of risk management is taking hold in Latin America, particularly in Brazil and Mexico, where the products offered and their use are increasingly like those in developed markets.
A deepening financial crisis is adding another layer of complexity to Argentina's troubles, made worse by the government's extraordinary incompetence.
The upheaval in Argentina has terrified providers of trade finance who are charging more for loans or want borrowers to set up complex structures to lay off risk. Cheap money across the region is a thing of the past.
A group of American economists has dominated the debate over the policies that Latin American governments, especially Argentina's, should adopt. Any policy they suggested would have worked better that what is in place.
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