The IMF Country Reports Series covers economic and financial developments and trends in member countries. Each report, prepared by a staff team after discussions with officials of the country, is published at the option of the member.
International Monetary Fund. Monetary and Capital Markets Department
INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND
This paper discusses key findings of the detailed assessment of compliance of the Basel Core Principles for Effective Banking Supervision for El Salvador. The Salvadoran financial system is comparable with its regional peers in terms of size. The financial system has weathered the global financial crisis reasonably well. Reflecting a flight out of riskier assets and a number of recapitalization rounds, capital adequacy levels slightly increased and currently averages nearly 17 percent. Nonperforming loans amount to 3.8 percent of total loans, up from about 2 percent before the crisis. The Salvadoran authorities are also in the process of overhauling the supervisory landscape.