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    Is Puerto Rico “America’s Greece”?

    Is Puerto Rico “America’s Greece”?

    Since Governor Alejandro García Padilla announced on June 29 that Puerto Rico was unable to repay $72 billion of outstanding debt, the self-governed US territory has been dubbed…

    Portugal: Is the Euro-Patient Healed?

    Portugal: Is the Euro-Patient Healed?

    Portugal, a small and open economy of the euro area, was one of the victims of the European sovereign-debt crisis, which has been ravaging many euro economies since…

    Banking

    Recent Developments in Japan’s Banking Sector

    Recent Developments in Japan’s Banking Sector

    At the start of 2015, ratings agency Moody’s asserted that Japanese bank profitability will remain…

    Private Banking in Brazil: an Industry in Slowdown

    Private Banking in Brazil: an Industry in Slowdown

    By the end of 2012, Brazil was widely regarded as being among the premier locations…

    After the Referendum, What Now for Greek Banks?

    After the Referendum, What Now for Greek Banks?

    Since the most recent major developments in Greece have taken place, including the default on…

    The Outlook for Mexico’s Banking System

    The Outlook for Mexico’s Banking System

    The banking system in Mexico is currently in the process of substantial structural transformation. By…

    Comment

    BofA Poised to Benefit from Rising Interest Rates

    BofA Poised to Benefit from Rising Interest Rates

    The low interest-rate environment persisting since the global financial crisis has stymied the profitability of the banking sector, limiting what banks can earn on their loans and other…

    Rising Inequality In South Africa and the World: Some Insufficiently Recognised Causes

    Rising Inequality In South Africa and the World: Some Insufficiently Recognised Causes

    Episodes of social unrest seem to have escalated in many parts of the world in recent years. Few would disagree that one of the causes for this has…

    Real Estate Rebound

    Real Estate Rebound

    Commercial property was in the eye of the hurricane during the global financial crisis, but investors today regard that as a distant memory.…

    Brokerage

    Just How Significant is China’s Tumbling Stock Markets?

    Just How Significant is China’s Tumbling Stock Markets?

    Following a three-week period of relative market stability, China’s stock markets once again experienced a dramatic sell-off on July 27th, a…

    4 Reasons Dividend-Income Investors Should Consider Costco

    4 Reasons Dividend-Income Investors Should Consider Costco

    Costco (NASDAQ:COST) has been increasingly rewarding its shareholders with growing cash distributions over the years. At the end of the first…

    Big Fat Greek Crisis: Brace for Return to Drachma

    Big Fat Greek Crisis: Brace for Return to Drachma

    The Greeks have voted, their message is clear, and the risk of Greece leaving the euro-bloc has significantly risen.…

    Africa

    Six Central Bank of Nigeria Officials and 16 Commercial Lenders Charged with Fraud

    Six Central Bank of Nigeria Officials and 16 Commercial Lenders Charged with Fraud

    Newly elected Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, who incorporated staunch anti-corruption promises in his election campaign, is faced with an evolving corruption scandal involving senior officials of the…

    North America

    Calgary, Alberta, Is the Latest Canadian City to Have a Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Office

    Calgary, Alberta, Is the Latest Canadian City to Have a Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Office

    The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (BTMU), Japan’s largest bank, is expanding its reach in North America. Koji Asada, president and CEO of BTMU Canada, announced the opening…

    Asia Pacific

    China Banking Regulatory Commission Invites More Private Investment into Banking System

    China Banking Regulatory Commission Invites More Private Investment into Banking System

    Top Chinese banking authorities are in the process of gradually releasing the country’s banking system from the state’s ironclad grip. The People’s Republic of China’s top banking…

    Australasia

    New Zealand’s Central Bank Targets Residential-Property-Investment Mortgages

    New Zealand’s Central Bank Targets Residential-Property-Investment Mortgages

    The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ), concerned about the country’s booming rental-investment market and the potential impact of bad loans on domestic lenders, is planning to…

    Caribbean

    RBC Trust Company Bahamas Facing Criminal Charges Lodged by French Prosecutors

    RBC Trust Company Bahamas Facing Criminal Charges Lodged by French Prosecutors

    Royal Bank of Canada, Canada’s largest financial institution by most measures, is in the process of closing many, if not all, of its wealth-management offices in the…

    Europe

    Poland’s Top Insurer Buys a Stake in Alior Bank, With More of the Same to Follow

    Poland’s Top Insurer Buys a Stake in Alior Bank, With More of the Same to Follow

    State-controlled PZU SA, Poland’s largest insurer, is on a mission to win back the country’s banking sector from foreign ownership, particularly Eurozone ownership. The company has agreed…

    Latin America

    Brazil’s Petrobras Scandal Embroils a Number of High-Ranking Government Officials

    Brazil’s Petrobras Scandal Embroils a Number of High-Ranking Government Officials

    Brazil’s state-controlled, multinational oil and gas giant, Petrobras, has fallen dramatically both in prestige and finances in recent months, bringing down the reputations of many of the…

    Mid-East

    National Bank of Abu Dhabi’s Growth Strategy

    National Bank of Abu Dhabi’s Growth Strategy

    National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD), the United Arab Emirates’ second largest lender and the emirate of Abu Dhabi’s first and largest bank, is planning to spread…