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Pelin Berkmen, Ms. Kimberly Beaton, Mr. Dmitry Gershenson, Mr. Javier Arze del Granado, Kotaro Ishi, Miss Marie S Kim, Emanuel Kopp, and Mrs. Marina V Rousset
In Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), financial technology has been growing rapidly and is on the agenda of many policy makers. Fintech provides opportunities to deepen financial development, competition, innovation, and inclusion in the region but also creates new and only partially understood risks to consumers and the financial system. This paper documents the evolution of fintech in LAC. In particular, the paper focuses on financial development, fintech landscape for domestic and cross border payments and alternative financing, cybersecurity, financial integrity and stability risks, regulatory responses, and considerations for central bank digital currencies.
Mr. Luis Catão, Valeriya Dinger, and Daniel Marcel te Kaat
Using a sample of over 700 banks in Latin America, we show that international financial liberalization lowers bank capital ratios and increases the shares of short-term funding. Following liberalization, large banks substitute interbank borrowing for equity and long-term funding, whereas small banks increase the proportions of retail funding in their liabilities, which have been particularly vulnerable to flight-to-quality during periods of financial distress in much of Latin America. We also find evidence that riskier bank funding in the aftermath of financial liberalizations is exacerbated by asymmetric information, which rises on geographical distance and the opacity of balance sheets.
Mr. Luis Brandao Marques and Mrs. Esther Perez Ruiz
This paper develops comparable financial conditions indices (FCIs) for the six large and most financially-integrated Latin American economies (LA6) by following Korobilis (2013) and Koop and Korobilis (2014). The main findings are as follows. First, the estimated FCIs are influenced by a commodity cycle, a global financial cycle, as well as country-specific episodes of financial distress. Second, by early 2017, financial conditions remained favorable in most LA6 economies relative to historical standards. Third, the impact of financial shocks on economic activity widely varies across LA6 and is otherwise found to be stronger in periods of financial stress. Fourth, exposure to regional financial spillovers also differs across LA6.
Mrs. Esther Perez Ruiz
Chile’s small open economy with significant mismatch between the production and consumption baskets may be represented by three stylized sectors, a commodity sector, a non-commodity tradable sector, and a non-tradable sector. This paper estimates the effect of copper price shocks on mining, manufacturing, and construction—each embodying a sector type. The empirical findings are for positive spillovers from mining to the other two sectors. However, the estimated size of the spillovers seems modest, which raises the question of the potential for mining to be better integrated with the rest of the economy.
International Monetary Fund. Western Hemisphere Dept.

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En un contexto en que la economía mundial está recobrando cierto ímpetu, las economías de América Latina y el Caribe están recuperándose de una recesión a escala regional en 2016. Esta mejora gradual puede interpretarse como una historia de dos ajustes, uno externo y otro fiscal, que están ocurriendo como respuesta a shocks previos. Pero los vientos en contra derivados de shocks de los términos de intercambio y de factores específicos de los países están amainando, y eso está desbrozando el camino para un crecimiento del PIB real de aproximadamente 1 por ciento en 2017. Se prevé que la actividad regional cobre más impulso en 2018, pero a un ritmo más lento de lo que se había previsto, en tanto que se proyecta que el crecimiento a mediano plazo permanezca en un nivel moderado de alrededor de 2,6 por ciento. Las perspectivas responden a cambios fundamentales en el panorama económico y de políticas a escala mundial, en el que el crecimiento lento, la baja productividad y una fuerte desigualdad del ingreso están generando presiones a favor de la adopción de políticas aislacionistas en algunas economías avanzadas. Sin embargo, los fundamentos y los resultados económicos internos seguirán cumpliendo un papel preponderante a la hora de determinar el crecimiento en muchas economías. Al mismo tiempo, los riesgos para el crecimiento regional se han ampliado, en un entorno de mayor incertidumbre en términos de las políticas a nivel mundial. En este contexto externo lleno de desafíos, se requiere apuntalar los ajustes fiscales y externos para preservar y reponer los márgenes de maniobra. La definición de una ruta hacia un crecimiento mayor, sostenible y más equitativo requerirá también de reformas estructurales más vigorosas. Concretamente, cerrar las brechas de infraestructura; mejorar el clima de negocios, la gestión de gobierno y los resultados de educación, y promover la participación de la mujer en la fuerza laboral son medidas necesarias para estimular el crecimiento a mediano plazo y promover la convergencia del ingreso. En otros capítulos de este informe se examinan el ajuste externo en curso ante las variaciones de los términos de intercambio, los factores que determinan los flujos de capital a la región, el papel que desempeña la base inversora y el impacto macroeconómico de la migración y las remesas.

International Monetary Fund. Western Hemisphere Dept.

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With the global economy gaining some momentum, economies of Latin America and the Caribbean are recovering from a recession at the regional level in 2016. This gradual improvement can be understood as tale of two adjustments, external and fiscal, that are ongoing in response to earlier shocks. But headwinds from commodity terms-of-trade shocks and country-specific domestic factors are fading, paving the way for real GDP to grow by about 1 percent in 2017. Regional activity is expected to pick up further momentum in 2018, but at a slower pace than previously anticipated, while medium-term growth is projected to remain modest at about 2.6 percent. The outlook is shaped by key shifts in the global economic and policy landscape—where slow growth, low productivity, and high income inequality are creating pressure for a shift toward inward- looking policies in some advanced economies. Domestic fundamentals and developments, however, will continue to play a significant role in determining growth for the region. At the same time, risks to the outlook have widened in a setting of higher global uncertainty. In this challenging external context, countries should aim for completing fiscal and external adjustments to preserve or rebuild policy buffers. Charting a course toward higher, sustainable, and more equitable growth will also require strengthening structural reforms. Specifically, closing infrastructure gaps, improving the business environment, governance, and education outcomes, and encouraging female labor participation are necessary to boost medium-term growth and foster income convergence. Chapters in this report examine the ongoing external adjustment to terms-of-trade shifts, drivers of capital flows to the region, the role of the investor base, and macroeconomic impact of migration and remittances.

Mr. Charles Enoch, Wouter Bossu, Carlos Caceres, and Ms. Diva Singh

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With growth slowing across much of the Latin America as a result of the end of the commodity supercycle and economic rebalancing in China, as well as fragmentation of the international banking system, policies to stimulate growth are needed. This book examines the financial landscapes of seven Latin American economies—Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Panama, Peru, and Uruguay—and makes a case for them to pursue regional financial integration. Chapters set out the benefits to the region of financial integration, the barriers to cross-border activity in banks, insurance companies, pension funds, and capital markets, as well as recommendations to address these barriers. Finally, the volume makes the case that regional integration now could be a step toward global integration in the short term.