Honduras: Increase in Capital Requirement for Banks

Beginning in May 2010, the minimum capital requirement for banks will increase by 40%, which is equal to over $5 million.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Resolution 633/12-05-2009, issued by the National Banking and Insurance Commission (CNBS), applies to banks and financial institutions.

In a Laprensahn.com article, it was reported: "The CNBS, based on the behavior of the economy and in order to maintain the real value of minimum capital in the financial system, according to the evolution of the consumer price index, will review and could update every two years the minimum amount of capital required to operate in Honduras."

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Costa Rica: Limitations on Bank Loans

April 2017

By requiring banks to have additional capital requirements the Sugef aims to discourage consumer loans, mortgages and vehicles loans with long repayment terms.

Arguing that terms of over 30 years for housing loans and more than 5 in consumer loans encourages overindebtedness of Costa Ricans, the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (SUGEF) has presented a proposal to reform the rules on capital adequacy of financial entities, in order to require entities that carry out these credit operations to have additional capital.

Guatemala: Banking Panorama - July 2016

July 2016

Fitch Ratings notes that the Guatemalan banking system reports one of the lowest rates of delinquency in the region.

From the report 'Panorama of Guatemalan Banks' by Fitch Ratings:

Local Majority Banking System: The largest banks (70% of loans in the system) belong to local shareholders. At the same time, foreign-owned banks increased their share after Bancolombia acquired the controlling stake in Banco Agromercantil de Guatemala, S.A. (BAM).

Increase in Minimum Capital For Operating Finance Institutions

March 2014

The minimum amount of capital required to establish and operate a financial institution in Nicaragua has risen to $2.1 million.

The Superintendency of Banks and Other Financial Institutions agreed to raise the minimum capital required for the establishment and operation of financial institutions. The amount increased from C50 million (U.S. $1,953,071) to C$55 million (U.S. $2,148,387).

$5 million To Promote Businesses in Panama

September 2012

National and international investors have made up the fund within the Venture Club of Panama Business Accelerator project(AEP), which supports small companies with innovative ideas.

The fund was created with input from the so-called "angel investors", with contributions ranging from a minimum of $50,000 and up.

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