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Only three in ten Costa Rican workers have savings for retirement

An aging population makes voluntary pension savings increasingly important in Costa Rica, but a recent support shows relatively few Ticos are starting to save.

Experts: US Fed rate hike will affect most dollar loans in Costa Rica

The U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) announcement Wednesday of its first interest rate increase in more than nine years is expected to affect mostly interest rates on about 87 percent of Costa Ricans and companies here that took out dollar loans.

Costa Rican banks to replace credit, debit cards to improve security

The Costa Rican Banking Association said that 95 percent of banks in the country have already started to swap out the 7 million credit and debit cards currently circulating in the country with more secure chip cards.

Most Costa Ricans still prefer to pay in cash, study finds

Nearly 8 out of ten Ticos use debit cards regularly. But they use them mostly to get cash from ATMs.

Except for construction, bank loans in Costa Rica increased across the board in 2014

“These numbers show a stable, solid financial system with liquidity that is contributing to the growth of the local economy by providing financial resources to virtually all sectors, both commercial and personal.”

Executive branch asks public banks for a full report on salary incentives and bonuses

Vice President and Finance Minister Helio Fallas announced on Tuesday that the government will conduct an evaluation of all salary incentives and policies at public banks, following an investigation by the Comptroller General's Office last month. The investigation found that salary incentives and bonuses are hurting credit options for people and for small businesses.

Salary incentives and bonuses at public banks hurt credit options for small businesses, says comptroller general

A report made public this week by Costa Rica's Comptroller General's Office notes that from 2006-2012, three of the country's public banks spent ₡100 billion ($185 million) on salary incentives and bonuses for employees, which is the equivalent of almost a quarter of their total profits.

New banking consumer watchdog agency to open in November

Not happy with your bank? Angry customers soon will be able to file complaints with a new Financial Services Ombudsman’s Office, which begins operating in November.

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