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August 2001 - Latin Banking Guide & Directory

Analysis, Integration and Review

Over the last decade, Banco Itaú has developed significant credit control expertise by applying sophisticated technology and vigilant management to its credit area.

Basel’s Bellwether Changes

The proposed Basel Capital Accord will have far-reaching implications for Latin American banks' capital requirements, risk management and financial disclosure. It marks a...

Brazilian Credit Expansion Hits A Bump

Brazil

Brazilian banks aggressively expanded credit to their customers last year, with average loan portfolios at the largest banks growing by a third. But the country's energy ...

Fine-tuning the Financial Framework

Latin American banking authorities continue to sharpen their regulatory requirements and raise the region's banking system rules up to international standards. The follow...

League Tables

Meeting in the Middle

Trade finance deals structures in Latin America are bigger and more sophisticated, spurring extraordinary cooperation among export credit agencies, multilaterals, private...

No Borders in Financial Crimes

The successful application of United States' anti-money laundering laws outside the country's borders has made it more important than ever for foreign banks to comply wit...

Risk Levels Down, Opportunities Up

Latin American economies have grown more sophisticated, governments are more stable and market regulations have eased. Taken together, these changes mean an improved envi...

Settling Into a Niche

Brazil

As the number of banks serving the Latin American market shrinks, relationships with local companies take on added importance. A surevy by Greenwich Associates of CFOs in...

Sharpening Risk Assessment

A broader choice of rating scales for the emerging markets is good news for Latin American banks, which previously were constrained by sovereign ceilings. Investors now h...

Spurring Electronic Trading

International electronic trade is a reality and major exporters and importers are conducting trade on-line. But trading platforms and banks that support such transactions...

Technical Notes