Global Skills, Local Knowledge: Q&A With BBVA's Paloma Piqueras

Paloma Piqueras leads Global Wealth and Asset Management at BBVA, Global Finance’s pick this year as the World’s Best Private Bank for Clients with Net Worth Under $1 Million. She speaks about technology, how BBVA structures wealth management and the value of the nonfinancial components of its client service.

Spain Takes A Breather

A slowdown in GDP growth still leaves Spain outperforming the rest of the eurozone. But will turmoil in Catalonia dampen spirits?

As Good As It Gets

World GDP is growing, but not terribly fast, and many clouds dim the horizon. Without productivity improvements, global growth may be stalled.

China Bolsters Portugal's FDI

Given the range of mammoth audit failures by the biggest names in accounting, many are wondering whether it's time for a new approach to validating corporate numbers.

Latin America And The Caribbean: Stormy Recovery Path

Despite hurricane damage, average economic growth in the Caribbean is expected to top the Latin American average according to the IMF. However, Dominica's GDP is expected to decline and weak growth is likely in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands where pre-existing macroeconomic weaknesses were compounded by storm damage.

Reining In Big Tech

Reining In Big Tech

The dominance of media-technology platforms that control information has roused regulators around the world. New laws are coming into effect, with more on the way. 

EU Gives Consumers New Data Controls

On May 25 this year, the adoption of Europe’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is set to become a watershed moment in privacy history: EU citizens gain new rights to view, limit and delete data that businesses from around ...


Q&A with Banco De Mexico | Americas Beware Protectionism

After more than seven years at the head of Bank of Mexico, Agustín Carstens, 59, leaves a country “more resilient,” he tells Global Finance Magazine, as he moves to a new post at the Bank for International Settlements. With the Americas at risk from rising protectionism, Carstens emphasizes the benefits of NAFTA. It’s better, he says, to tackle directly the negative impacts of globalization than to push back against widely beneficial economic integration.  

Q&A With Bank of Italy | A Tortoise Economy

Ignazio Visco, governor of the Bank of Italy since 2011, spoke with Global Finance about economic conditions globally and in Italy, where the banking system has been stressed, efforts to improve those conditions and Italy’s slow-and-steady return to growth.  

World's Best Banks 2017 | Q&A With Banorte

Banorte CEO José Marcos Ramírez Miguel sees less risk now from revising the regional trade deal, even a “very positive impact” on Mexico’s economy.

Central Bankers Eye A Return to Normal

The rosier outlook gives central banks a chance to return to more traditional policies after endless cycles of easing. The US Federal Reserve (Fed) is likely to stick to its plan of slowly increasing interest rates, and the European Central Bank (ECB) could follow suit.

España Va Bien

With reforms taking hold and world trade recovering, Spain is stronger than at any time since the 2008 financial crisis.

Spanish Bank Reforms: Breaking Bad Cycles

The 2012 European bailout of the Spanish banks was probably the nadir of the Spanish financial and economic crisis but an aggressive approach to tackling its banking-system troubles set Spain apart from its Mediterranean neighbors such as Italy

Cash Is The Enemy

Zelle is simplifying peer-to-peer digital payments in hopes of winning over mainstream mobile-banking customers.

Portugal Makes The Grade

Q&A: Adriana Alvarado, DBRS's Portugal expert, discusses the nation's vulnerabilities, long-term growth prospects and needed reforms.

Moon Jae-In May Be Nicer To Neighbors

Moon Jae-in, South Korea's new president Civil- and human-rights lawyer and former student activist Moon Jae-in won a presidential election on May 9, becoming the 12th person to serve as president of South Korea.

Private Equity Gets Back Into Brazil

A positive macroeconomic outlook and a sharp decline asset prices are once again making Brazilian investments attractive for large international private equity firms, which are cautiously returning after three years of economic crisis.

Paraguay: Making The Right Moves

Paraguay has emerged from the shadows of its larger neighbors Brazil and Argentina to become the “little China” of South America. Its against-the-odds economic success story is sustained by an investment-friendly climate and strong fiscal discipline.

Deficit Hawk In Line For US Treasury Role

David Malpass was one of Donald Trump’s key economic advisors before the election. He is tipped to be appointed soon as US Treasury undersecretary for international affairs.

China Tightens Currency Controls As Renminbi Slides

Stricter capital controls by Chinese authorities are prompting concerns that the liberalization of the Chinese capital market is being halted at a time when the US dollar’s strength and a steady outflow of funds from the country are causing the renminbi to slide.