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Equity and Private Debt Markets in Central America, Panama, and the Dominican Republic

  • Hemant Shah
  • Jorge A. Chan-Lau
  • Geoffrey J. Bannister
  • Ana Carvajal
  • Ivan Guerra

This study focuses on equity, private debt, and asset-backed securities markets in Central America. These markets are generally under-developed throughout the region due to several structural problems, economic and political factors, and weaknesses in regulation and in institutional investor base. The paper identifies key country-specific recommendations to strengthen securities laws, regulatory oversight, market infrastructure, investor base, and new products such as asset-backed securities. Despite these efforts, developing seven viable private capital markets is a difficult goal. The paper thus also explores the benefits and difficulties of creating a single capital market in a region still short of full economic integration.

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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 07/288.

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Length: 130
Date of creation: 01 Dec 2007
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Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:07/288
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