A private security guard sits in front of a closed-down business in the colonial district of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. Photograph: Ricardo Arduengo/AP.
The Chancellor has been given approval to begin selling off the government's 79% share in the Royal Bank of Scotland, at what is expected to be a substantial loss to the taxpayer.
HSBC has been present in Brazil since 1997. It expanded further in Latin America's biggest economy in 2003, when it bought Lloyds' Brazil unit, but it did not manage to make a success of those operations.
New manufacturing orders grew at their slowest pace in nearly a year in July, according to the latest survey snapshot of the sector, suggesting that manufacturing will continue to drag on overall economic growth.
Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan is expected to keep interest rates unchanged at the monetary policy review scheduled for 11 a.m.