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Deforestation in the Amazon

Brazilian banks pledge to restore Amazon rainforest with carbon credit company

November 21, 2022

The alliance insists the move is of great ecological benefit, but historically banks have not held the agribusinesses they finance to proper account. A legislative response rather than individual efforts seems necessary.

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MAS and NY Fed join forces for wholesale CBDC experiment

November 21, 2022

Boosting interoperability and speed while cutting risk, wholesale CBDCs would be a boon for cross-border settlements but are still very much in the experimental phase, making co-operation between central banks vital for success.

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Cautious welcome for US regulator’s new fintech office

November 7, 2022

The OCC has announced a new fintech office in response to rising financial digitalisation, creating a fork in the road that leads either to rigid regulation or innovation inspiration.

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Cover story: Latam – waiting for the next commodities boom

November 1, 2022

Latin America is poised to benefit from the green transition as demand for its mineral resources will increase. However, it also needs to face domestic and global challenges to fully benefit from the next commodities boom.

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Chile’s economic minister bets on foreign investment

October 31, 2022

The Banker meets Nicolás Grau, Chile’s economy, development and tourism minister, in London. Mr Grau is on a European tour which attempts to attract investment to the country.

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Fostering fintech the Brazilian way

October 27, 2022

As instant payments, cross-border improvements, and open banking and open finance develop around the world, Brazil is steadily growing as a fintech hub and learning lessons from other jurisdictions along the way.

Stopwatch and dollars

Fed(up)Now? Instant payments in the US finally on their way

October 14, 2022

The US plans for the introduction of FedNow, its real-time payments solution – but decades after some other countries. What took so long?

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The runaway success of PIX in Brazil

October 12, 2022

The Brazilian instant payment method, launched almost two years ago, was quickly adopted for a number of reasons. What next for the payments system?

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US regulators weigh up regional bank buffer rules

October 6, 2022

Rapid regional bank growth is leading some players into “too big to fail” territory, guiding regulators to consider new debt requirements.

Wind farm Vietnam

Spotlight falls on development banks’ climate role

September 30, 2022

The World Bank chief’s awkward stance on global warming has accelerated calls for multinational development banks to get an overhaul.