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Fernando Balbuena
Fernando Balbuena

Senior Economist


Latest Publications

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Mexico | Monthly Report on Banking and the Financial System. October 2017

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Update of the risk assessment by the Financial System Stability Council (CESF). The value of construction companies’ activity fell 2.7% in July 2017. Losses for Emerging Market assets on investor expectations factoring in an additional hike by the Fed towards year end

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Topics:Banks

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Mexico | Monthly Report on Banking and the Mexican Financial System. September 2017

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Housing prices rise 6.88% in the second half of 2017. The Bank of Mexico announces a slow-down in the economy’s financing sources and uses. The rate of growth of the personal loan portfolio continues to slow. Credit card financing consolidated its recovery in 2016

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Mexico | Monthly Report on Banking and the Mexican Financial System. August 2017

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The housing inventory continues to fall and is located below 250 thousand units. CNBV publishes its Report on Financial Savings and Financing in Mexico with figures to March 2017. Banco de México publishes a tool to analyse the conditions of automotive loans. Key regulation issues for Fintechs and financial services

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Mexico Real Estate Outlook. First Half 2017

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The slowdown in construction has continued with growth of 1.8%, closing 2016 with an increase of 4.2% in building and a decline of 9.4% in civil engineering

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Mexico | Monthly Report on Banking and the Financial System. July 2017

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Mortgage rates are firmly on the rise. The CNBV has released an update on its Financial Inclusion Report. Banxico has updated its report on housing loan indicators. Payroll loans have become more sluggish in spite of the improved conditions as regards the sum borrowed and the lending rate

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Mexico | Monthly Report on Banking and the Financial System. June 2017

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The value generated by construction companies rose 3.8% in the first quarter. Companies moderate their use of financing due to their perception of less favourable terms in its cost. New tool for analysing personal lending conditions

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Mexico | Monthly Report on Banking and the Financial System. May 2017

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Reduced demand reflected in slower rise in house prices compared with 2016. Banco de México presents a report on competition in payroll-related services. Banco de México publishes the first report on basic indicators of lending to SMEs. New tool for analysing personal lending conditions. Renewed threats of possible withdrawal from NAFTA amid low risk-aversion environment

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Mexico | Monthly Report on Banking and the Financial System. April 2017

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New housing stock holds steady. Less dynamic personal lending portfolio, despite better financing conditions. The rate of growth in lending to finance the purchase of vehicles reached an all-time high with figures to October 2016. The CNBV publishes a Report on Financial Savings and Financing in Mexico with figures to September 2016

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Mexico | Monthly Report on Banking and the Financial System. March 2017

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Businesses are finding the environment less favourable in terms of accessibility to banking finance and its cost. IMF publishes a study on financial depth in Mexico. Update of the housing price index at the close of 2016. Better-than-expected US economic data sustain risk appetite; the peso appreciates, underpinned by the measures taken by Banco de México

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Mexico | Monthly Report on Banking and the Financial System. February 2017

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The Infonavit should be allowed not to report information on its affiliates to the credit bureau. Expectations about the policies of the new US administration continue to influence markets. Adjustments to CNBV’s banking rulebook. Revisions to the Banking Performance Assessment of the SHCP

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Mexico | Monthly Report on Banking and the Financial System. January 2017

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The CNBV published the Report on Financial Savings and Financing in Mexico with figures to June 2016. Banco de Mexico publishes its report on compliance with the Law for Transparency and Regulation of Financial Services. Update to the Bank of Mexico’s Annual Report on the Financial System

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Mexico Real Estate Outlook. Second Half 2016

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Mortgage lending market slows, but will continue to grow faster than the economy as a whole. Commercial building construction continues to be a viable alternative for the construction sector and credit institutions. In many cities, increased housing prices are the result of higher building costs

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Mexico | Monthly Report on Banking and Financial System. December 2016

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Banco de Mexico points out that more financial resources were channelled to the private sector during 3Q-16. The International Monetary Fund updated its "Financial System Stability Assessment (FSAP)" for Mexico. The US election result generates a negative differentiation of Mexican assets

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Mexico | In March 2016 the bank mortgage lending grew 1%

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To the first quarter of 2016, the number of mortgage loans decreased 8% compared to the same period of 2015; while the amount financed was 9.1% lower in real terms

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Mexico Real Estate Outlook First Half 2016

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The mortgage market has grown in double digits yet another year. Although it will grow at a slower pace in 2016. Demand for housing still governs the behaviour of prices, now examined from a spatial perspective. A new way of measuring accessibility indicates how much purchasing power has grown

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