Latin America shook off economic woes in 2016 to record an annual increase in mergers and acquisitions, led by the finance and insurance sector in several countries.
Private sector deleveraging increased in 2H16 but much more needs to be done to reduce high debt levels, according to Capital Economics.
An M-payment contract between VeriTran and Chile's Banco Estado makes the state-owned bank the country's first to offer its customers a digital payment service exclusively using cell phones. Mobile payments can involve reductions of up to 10% in the associated cost of serving clients.
Despite an annual contraction, economic activity showed some good signs on November.
The change, which will be submitted at shareholders' meetings, is meant to give greater transparency to the assets of each company and improve the liquidity of the bank's shares.
The decision to hold the key rate came as a surprise for several analysts who expected yet another rate cut of 25 basis points.
The presidents of the US and Mexico agreed via telephone to silence public discussion of who will pay for a proposed border wall until it is resolved in private.