María Otero, president of Accion International, a development organization, explains how microfinance can help reach new clients and create markets for banks in Latin Ame...
Mario Blejer, a former Argentine central banker who runs the Bank of England's Centre for Central Banking Studies, spoke with LatinFinance's Wall Street editor, Maria O'B...
Braskem, Latin America's leading petrochemicals company, has been downsizing its debt in an effort to snag better lending rates.
Fresh capital is flowing into Brazilian markets as they become increasingly transparent and sophisticated, and as more local companies go public.
Several Mexican companies with strong domestic market shares are expanding overseas in search of fresh opportunities and sales.
Favorable interest rates and low prices are helping fuel a housing construction bonanza in Panama. But is the boom turning to a bust?
The jitters that rocked Brazilian markets ahead of the country's last presidential race are nowhere in sight this election year, since Lula has proven some of his mettle.
Colombia's Grupo Empresarial Antioqueño has been busy streamlining its corporate structure and making itself more attractive to investors.
The money that has been pouring into Latin America recently reflects the attractive returns that can be found in the region, not progress on reforms.
Economic growth, demand and the greater availability of credit are fueling consumer spending in Mexico. Sectors like retail and construction stand to benefit.
The Dominican Republic's superintendent of banks, Rafael Camilo, discusses the challenges facing his country's financial institutions.
Panama's President Martín Torrijos is implementing market reforms that can also meet the needs of the poor and unemployed. Now he needs to strengthen the country's frayed...
Panama's International Banking Center has grown, thanks to a burgeoning local economy and incentives. But some banks complain the market is too crowded.
In February, Mexico became the first foreign sovereign issuer to sell bonds to retail investors in the United States through a $1.5 billion InterNotes program.
Controversial reform legislation is helping shore up Panama's finances. The fiscal deficit, however, remains as serious a problem as ever.
As Latin American nations settle debts and shake off their reliance on multilaterals, the IMF and other Washington institutions must redefine themselves to stay in the ga...
Foreign direct investment is surging around the world, but flows into Latin America fail to impress. Regional leaders need to spur economic growth to bridge the gap.
Brazil's energy sector is not out of the dark yet, with experts predicting price spikes within five years and possible power shortages.
Trade is growing, so the government and private port operators have to make room for bigger ships using the Panama Canal and the ports.
The creation of a Caribbean Single Market and Economy has lent impetus to the idea of an integrated stock market for the region.
Latin America's central banks are winning the fight against inflation, but better economic standing has created new hurdles for them.
In the wake of Ricardo Salinas Pliego's brush with US regulators, investors are looking for more transparency from Mexican corporations.
In spite of lingering security concerns, the twin-island nation of Trinidad & Tobago is attracting fresh investment in a number of areas.
Barely three years after fraud and mismanagement nearly destroyed the country's financial system, the Dominican economy seems headed for prosperity.
Opportunities offered by Cuba's vast consumer market are looking increasingly attractive for neighbors in the Caribbean.
For better or worse, Hugo Chávez and his Bolivarian Revolution are influencing events in and beyond Venezuela, from the Bronx to Buenos Aires.
With presidential elections approaching, investors are comforted by Mexico's independent central bank and other checks on power that have helped stabilize the economy sin...
The economic prospects for much of the Caribbean are better than they have been in years. Hopefully political issues won't derail progress.
Increasingly sophisticated Mexican debt and equity markets are attracting capital at home and abroad, and bankers are offering new products.
Local investors are stepping up in Brazil to fill funding gaps left after a number of foreign funds fled to faster growing Asian markets.