On May 26, 2013, a tweet from FC Barcelona confirmed that the 21-year-old Brazilian striker Neymar Jr. had accepted a multi-million dollar contract to join five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi in the Catalonian soccer team. Fourteen months later, the same club hired the Uruguayan star Luis Suarez. A couple of weeks later, Barcelona’s legendary player Johan Cruyff suggested … [Read more...] about What can Messi, Neymar and Suarez tell us about banks and fintech companies?
If a bank makes targeted efforts to better serve women customers, does this necessarily mean men are shortchanged? Global experts at the recent Global Banking Alliance for Women (GBA) All-Stars Academy in the Dominican Republic agreed with a resounding “no”. … [Read more...] about Can banks serve the Women’s Market without sidelining men?
Climate change is already a real threat that affects macroeconomic variables and company results in Latin America and the Caribbean. For example, Peru may not be able to reach its inflation target this year due to the rise in agricultural prices caused by atypical rains. In Colombia, insurers face pressure on their risk rating due to recent landslides and floods. In the … [Read more...] about Finance adapts to climate change
As an engine of economic growth and poverty reduction, PPPs are on the rise in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). In the last decade, there were approximately 1,000 PPP infrastructure projects valued at $360 billion. Especially, in our current market of constrained fiscal budgets and deep social inequalities, PPPs have become more relevant than ever. Despite this … [Read more...] about How to attract more private capital to PPPs
Recently I visited the Villa 31 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It is a poor and informal neighborhood located at approximately 500 meters from La Recoleta, one of the most sophisticated areas of the Argentinian capital. Despite this proximity, near 45,000 residents at Villa 31 have lived in isolation, not accepted as true “porteños” by their neighbors due to the social and … [Read more...] about How we incentivize social inclusion through Sustainable Infrastructure? The case of Villa 31