Panama "has not been infected"

"Our banking system is one of the strongest in the world," emphasized Carlos Vallarino, Comptroller General of the Republic.

Friday, October 3, 2008

To back up his statement he said that they currently have 63.6 billion dollars in assets, "very high" liquidity at around 24%, and a comfortable equity and capital adequacy of 14%.

In addition to this he contended that loans and investments from private banks operating in the country are safe because they are not connected to the banks, such as Lehman Brothers or Merrill Lynch, that have been affected by the financial crisis.

"Our banking system has its interbank deposits in solid banks that have not been affected by the financial crisis contamination; these banks are mainly in the UK, France, Luxembourg, Holland, Canada, and the US," he pointed out. "These deposits are at HSBC, BNP Paribas, BBVA, JP Morgan and Wells Fargo," he noted.

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The Lehman effect on Costa Rica

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Lehman effect on Panama

September 2008

The fall of Lehman Brothers and the sale of Merrill Lynch shook stock markets all over the world.

These announcements have caused a general fall in the international markets, however, the Panama Stock Exchange did not react to these events. As a matter of fact, it closed with a 1.31% increase.

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