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Country Awards for Excellence 2021: Latin America (including Central America & Caribbean)




Best Bank: Santander Argentina

Best Investment Bank: JPMorgan

After three years of recession, compounded by a global pandemic during the past twelve months, Argentine banks would be forgiven for feeling stuck at the bottom of the credit cycle. Credit in real terms is shrinking, particularly in the consumer sector and banks aren’t able to offset loan portfolio growth with high returning government securities under this administration’s monetary policy, which eschews positive real interest rates.

In short, it’s a struggle. Santander Argentina fared better than the rest – its large market share diversifies the risks of struggling returns across segments. The bank has the highest market share of private-sector deposits (10.9%)