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Despite occurring a quarter of a century ago, Mexico’s financial crisis of 1994-95 continues to cast a long shadow over the sector. As consumer and business confidence collapsed, so did bank credit as a share of GDP. Bankers and their regulators adopted and promoted much more conservative lending practices, resulting in many consumers and smaller businesses being locked out of...

The three decades before the 2007-08 global financial crisis were marked by the world’s financial networks becoming increasingly interconnected. Financial system regulatory convergence, the growing penetration of World Trade Organisation rules and the creation of currency unions, such as the euro, resulted in a surge in cross-border capital flows. Global banks began to see the...

Chapter | Insurance from The Report: Mexico 2019

Although the sector’s medium-term growth is likely to be impeded by weak economic conditions, the Mexican Association of Insurance Companies forecast that total premium would rise by 3.4% in 2019, though downgrades have been made in subsequent forecasts. This is likely to weigh most heavily on the non-life segment due to the impact of fiscal austerity on government spending. The life segment,...

Chapter | Capital Markets from The Report: Mexico 2019

After several years of innovation – notably the advent of new investment vehicles and the arrival of a second bourse – alongside the change in government at the end of 2018, the coming years are likely to be characterised by consolidation. Domestically, uncertainty around sectoral policies – specifically in energy, infrastructure and banking – of the administration of President Andrés Manuel...

Chapter | Banking from The Report: Mexico 2019

Chastened by a credit boom and bust during the first half of the 1990s, the authorities have reformed, liberalised and privatised the banking sector while ensuring strong regulatory oversight and, in turn, relatively conservative lending practices. This explains, in part, the small size of the sector as well as the low levels of financial inclusion across the country. While the banking sector...

In 2018 Mexico’s economy ranked second in Latin America and 15th in the world in terms of GDP, which totalled $1.22trn, according to the World Bank. In 2019 the newly elected President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has pushed ahead with efforts to meet his pledge to tackle corruption and implement austerity measures within the government, to reduce costs and curb excessive expenditures.