Panamanian banks very liquid

83% of their resources are internal deposits, thereby creating a shield against the international crisis.

Friday, September 19, 2008

While the banking system in Panama is not 100% immune from the international liquidity crisis, it does have important advantages that help to minimize the impact, declared Ernesto Bazan, general manager of the Equilibrium Risk Agency.
Bazan said that the national banking system (SBN) is mostly financed by local deposits (83%) and that its dependency on external lines of credit is small, which means that the sensitivity to the international liquidity crisis is lowered.

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