45% of Costa Ricans prefer to pay with cash than use debit cards, despite the fact that nearly 8 out of 10 possess this means of payment.
According to the latest study by the World Bank (WB), 53.6% of people over 15 years old in Costa Rica have at least one debit card, placing the country in fourth place in Latin America, just behind Brazil , Puerto Rico and Chile.
In what appears to be a reaction to the scandals caused by the allegations of corruption on the part of members of the previous administration, Citibank and Banco Nacional have stopped attending to the accounts where the Democratic Party's administrators deposited money coming mainly from electoral subsidy.
Growth in income and increased foreign investment explain part of the increase from the $49,730 million worth in deposits in August 2010 to $73,302 million in the same month this year.
The Superintendency of Banks of Panama (SBP) reported that deposits which grew the most in the period in question are internal deposits in the International Banking Center (IBC) with a balance of $44.6 million, followed by individual deposits, with $34.1 million and finally government deposits with $6.4 million.
Between 2006 and 2013 the number of agencies in the network of cooperatives in the country doubled.
Salvadoran Credit Unions have experienced a significant increase in the last year in order to expand financial services in most areas of the country.
The Federation of Savings and Credit Cooperatives of El Salvador (Fedecaces) announced that "growth is supported by an increase of over 20% in the portfolio of loans and deposits, after the close of 2013."
Growth in personal income, attractive yields and greater awareness about saving are driving interest in investing for retirement.
The pension market has been growing by nearly 25% a year, with assets under management which today are worth around $300 million. This is despite the fact that of the over half a million people working in Panama only 61,631 (3.8%) are enrolled in some form of private pension fund, which demonstrates the high potential for growth this market has.
Private banks in Costa Rica are opposed to the $30 million fund that protects small depositors being transferred to the Central Bank.
Nacion.com reports that "private banks are against transfer of the administration of the $30 million fund which protects small savers, in case of bankruptcy of a financial institution, to the Central Bank, as ordered by a Bill ruled on in the Economic Affairs Committee of Congress. "
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