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Exposure of international banks to Latin America

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In the context of a reduction in global cross-border funds, this report explores the recent evolution of international banks’ exposures to Latin America using BIS statistics. Latin America is one of the few regions in the world where the exposure of international banks continued to increase as result of the strong presence of international banks with local operations.

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International Comparative of resolution frameworks

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Overview of different resolution frameworks: comparison between Europe, US, Latam and Japan.

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Latin America Economic Watch: Urbanization

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Urbanization took place earlier and at faster pace than in other emerging markets in Latam and is now at advanced economies’ levels. However, in spite of displaying high urbanization rates, Latin America show relatively low levels of income, capital, labor and productivity. The region should try to leverage on their high urbanization levels to boost digitization.

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Colombia Economic Outlook. Third Quarter 2017

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The Colombian economy responded positively to the oil Price shock maintaining positive growth. Nonetheless the recovery will be slow given the limited sources of growth. Inflation should continue its descending path in 2018 reaching the target range and there will be space for the Central Bank to continue reducing its reference interest rate.

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Chile Economic Outlook. Third quarter 2017

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Risks detected in our previous report have materialised, and we have therefore revised our projection for this year down to 1.3%, but we maintain an increase by 2.4% in 2018. Increasing slack in the economy and the strength of the peso lead us to estimate an end-of-period inflation by 2.6% YoY, with a downward bias, and 2.8% YoY for 2018.

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Geographies:Latin America Chile

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The Colombian road infrastructure: Where are we and where are we going in 4G?

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4G projects have demanded an overall significant effort. At the moment, 23 of the 32 4G projects have an ANI’s contractual financial closure and only 8 of them have a definitive one. Our scenario includes an execution which is slower than what the Government expects but that is still supporting GDP growth, especially in 2019. Challenges remain to be overcome.

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Latin America Economic Outlook. Third quarter 2017

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Growth in Latin America will increase to 0.8% in 2017 and 1.7% in 2018. The recovery after the -1.2% contraction in 2016 will be helped by the coming out of the recession by two of the main regional economies (Brazil and Argentina), as in most other countries there will be a growth slowdown in 2017 compared to 2016, hobbled by external shocks and weak domestic demand.

Geographies:Latin America

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Peru Economic Outlook. Third quarter 2017

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We project low growth this year with a rebound in 2018, driven by reconstruction and infrastructure spending.

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Argentina Economic Outlook. Third Quarter 2017

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The Argentine economy entered its third consecutive quarter of recovery. Growth forecasts of 2.8% for 2017 and 3% for 2018. Gradually decreasing trend in core inflation will be maintained in the coming months. Inflation as measured by INDEC's GBA CPI will reach 19.5% y/y at the end of 2017, still above the BCRA’s target of 12-17% YoY

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Presentation Brazil Economic Outlook. Third quarter 2017

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We revised down our GDP forecasts to 0.6% in 2017 and 1.5% in 2018, largely due to the upsurge of political tensions. Nevertheless, the economy will likely continue to recover, leaving behind the recession. Among other factors, the recovery will be driven by monetary policy, whose expansive tone will contrast with fiscal policy’s restrictive tone.

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Presentation Peru Economic Outlook. Third quarter 2017

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We project low growth this year with a rebound in 2018, driven by reconstruction and infrastructure spending.

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Financial Education, Financial Inclusion and National Strategies

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Mapping financial education, financial inclusion and national strategies. The Multidimensional Index of Financial Inclusion. Measuring the interaction of financial literacy, national strategies and financial inclusion.

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An Index of Regulatory Practices for Financial Inclusion in Latin America

Document Number 17/15

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The index assesses and compares the quality of regulations that influence financial inclusion in 8 Latin American countries. It defines three categories of regulatory practices: the enablers, which determine the overall quality of the financial environment; the promoters, which deal with specific market frictions; and the preventers which create distortions and barriers.

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Uruguay Economic Outlook. First Half 2017

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Uruguay returns to growth, 1.9% in 2017 and 3% in 2018, with a strong impulse from investment. The fiscal balance is improving, although at a slower rate than expected. Inflation will remain outside the target range, reaching 8% in 2017 and 7.9% in 2018. The Fx rate will end 2017 at $31.1, avoiding a deterioration in competitiveness vis a vis its main regional partners

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Argentina Economic Outlook. Second Quarter 2017

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The economy continued to grow in 1Q17 in line with our forecast of 2.8% Y/Y. Inflation is moving away from the BCRA target and will reach 19.5% (INDEC) Y/Y in December, driven by tariffs and core inflation that does not yield. The restrictive monetary and accommodative fiscal policy mix strengthens the peso, but we expect a greater pace of depreciation in 2H17

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