The Superintendency of Securities may provide access to bank information when investigations because of breaches are carried out in the stock market.
The decree took effect on December 17, 2016, and states that when the Superintendency of Securities (SMV) requires information on bank depositors and liabilities, this will be requested through the Superintendency of Banksof Panama. In addition, the two regulators signed a memorandum of understandingto facilitate exchange of information.
In Panama investors to whom the company owes $4.8 million in debt bonds will have to wait for the bank to be sold before recouping their investment.
Balboa Bank and Balboa Securities, which are under intervention of the Superintendency of Securities Market since they were included in the Clinton list, do not have sufficient funds to honor the $4.8 million owed in respect of securities.
Increased operating costs because of risk controls imposed by the US have led to correspondent banks avoiding working with small banks.
Maintaining small structures at the same time as paying high costs in order to meet the standards required internationally, primarily in the United States, is no longer viable for banks who want to remain profitable.
Three banks account for 70% of total loans granted to the construction sector, whose balance up to March grew by 17% year on year.
The annual increase of 17% is lower than the 25% growth achieved in the loan portfolio for construction between March 2014 and March 2015, reflecting a slowdown in the growth rate of financing commercial construction, housing and infrastructure.
As a result of the inclusion of both companies in the "Clinton" list drawn up by the US Treasury Department, the respective Superintendents have ordered interventions.
For its part the Administration of Supervision and Regulation of Non-Financial Subjects activated special supervisions in non-financial companies which are listed by the OFAC as part of the network, in this case those operating in Colon Free Zone: Grupo Wisa, S.A., Vida Panama S.A., Servicio de Equipo Rodante Incorporado and Grupo Cima S.A., among others.
The pressure being put on Panama in the international context has finally forced it to make agreements to exchange tax information, with the most noteworthy being the agreement with Colombia because of the negative implications it has for the Panamanian banking sector.
Prensa.com reports that "...According to the Superintendency of Banks of Panama, at the end of 2015, deposits in the international banking center of Panama from Colombia totaled $6.251 billion, with the South American country being the main center for funds originating from foreign sources. "
The Superintendency of Banks has reported on the accession of ten new correspondent banks from February 2016 to date.
Getting off the GAFI 's gray list is the reason why several foreign banks have decided to register new banking correspondents offices in the country, despite the consequences of the scandal referred to as the Panama Papers.
In February 2016 the mortgage loan portfolio exceeded $13 billion, 15% more than was recorded in the same period in 2015.
For the remainder of the year it is estimated that the total mortgage portfolio of the banking system will far exceed what it was in 2105, at a time when there is increasing demand for this type of financing and there remains a significant shortage of low and middle income housing.
An agreement is in effect which requires banks to immediately register all customer transactions made through online banking services or at ATMs.
From April 1 all banking transactions made by the ACH system in Panama may be compensated and be made available to customers on the same day of the transaction. Agreement 001-2016 with the Superintendency of Banks requires banks to immediately register all transactions that customers make through online banking services or ATMs.
The International Banking Center reported $118 billion in assets in 2015, $10 billion more than was recorded in 2014.
In 2015 the International Banking Center in Panama reported total assets in the order of $118,477 million, 9.2% more than the amount reached in 2014, when the figure reached $108,419 million, according to figures from the Superintendency of Banks in Panama.
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