Over two years ago citizens of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, a decision which has been playing out on the global stage ever since . While the Brexit referendum unleashed a wave of uncertainty that seems to be growing as negotiations continue, other public votes such as the referendum to expand the Panama Canal, have had the opposite effect. … [Read more...] about Unleashing certainty: The catalytic effects of the Panama Canal expansion
The financing gap for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in Latin America and the Caribbean was estimated at $1.2 trillion in 2017, nearly a quarter of the global emerging market total. If this gap were a country, not only would it be a credit desert for most inhabitants, but it would edge out Mexico as number 15 on the list of the world’s largest economies in … [Read more...] about How can character count toward identifying good credit clients?
Imagine that you represent an operationally strong company in a small or island country. You have helped it grow a business line specifically linked to the export of an essential product (oil or copper, for example) or the processing of financial transfers from abroad (credit cards, remittances, etc.), and see promising projections for the future. In addition, you want to … [Read more...] about What is a future flow securitization and what are the benefits?
Every transition, every turning point, moves through critical junctures wherein a slight push determines the success or failure of a transformative proposal. Crossing the frontiers or staying in the same place. This applies to everything, from people to new business models or innovative financial solutions. … [Read more...] about Pushing boundaries with blended finance in Latin America and the Caribbean
In January 2018, Larry Fink, the CEO of BlackRock published an open letter to the CEOs of publicly traded companies. His message was clear, companies have a responsibility to deliver profit, and make “a positive contribution to society.” Failure to do the latter comes at the risk of losing its license to operate. Consumers can influence through decisions to purchase products … [Read more...] about Sustainable Finance: What can the financial sector do to better manage environmental and social risks?