June 2003

Advise, Protect and Transact

Private bankers can no longer earn a living applying traditional tools to rich Latin Americans. The new approach to wealth management requires banks to provide more sophi...

Business & Banking


CAF, the Andean Paradox

Corporate & Sovereign Strategy

CAF, the regional development bank, addresses analysts' concerns over the stability of its borrowers. CAF's management says its preferred-creditor status is strong and su...

Cash Management, Take Two

The old cash management industry is dying out, giving way to a more sophisticated approach to managing liquidity. Banks must provide new products that treasurers are dema...

Commerce as a Regional Affair

There is change and opportunity afoot in a region where local banks and companies are still numerous and fairly small. Financial services especially are ripe for integrat...

Cooking Up a New Solution


As Argentina gears up for negotiations with the bondholders it stiffed 18 months ago, other sovereign issuers and banks are experimenting with a new generation of bonds t...

Doing Well on Others' Misfortunes

Corporate investigations and countering corruption are Jules Kroll's stock-in-trade. Latin America's economic troubles have only boosted the business of rooting out crook...

Equity Market Illusion


The first issue of LatinFinance appeared in October 1988 and we are using our 15th anniversary as an excuse to revisit some of the more significant events in the markets ...

Is Unity on the Horizon?

Global competition and rising poverty in Central America mean the region has little choice but to join forces. Now, presidents of the region's five countries are set to s...

Looking for an Upturn


Panama's economy ran out of steam four years ago and it is struggling to meet deficit targets. The country is looking for new sources of economic fuel but it needs a majo...

Peso Market's Power Bond


Mexico's electricity commission issues a bond backed by receivables from its corporate customers. The bond is the first unsecured asset-backed bond from a government enti...

Pouring Money into Minerals

Latin America has lured billions of dollars into its mining industry making the region a top target for global companies. But the business still requires a long time hori...

Send Money, Build Credit

Immigrants in the United States send billions of dollars to their home countries each year. Latin American remittances could help establish credit for families back home.

Sovereign Report

The Door is Open Again

The worst appears to be over for Latin American sovereign bond issuers that have successfully executed bond sales that would have been impossible a year ago.

The Loan-Bond Tag Team


Syndicated lending has lost ground as a stand-alone business and is now part of a suite of international and local debt products offered by banks.