by Lucien Chauvin
Up and Coming
Investors have long hungered for new assets in the rapidly growing Andean countries. Issuers from Colombia and Peru have started to offer more to the capital markets.
When investors looked at the Andean region a decade ago they
did not see a rosy picture. Ecuador and Peru were trying to
recover after years of political turmoil, Colombia was facing a
strengthened communist insurgency and burgeoning drug trade,
and Bolivia was careening toward collapse. Chile was the only
safe place for investing.
The view is radically different today thanks to a
combination of reforms, high prices for the region's vast
natural resources and the international economic crisis that
has made other markets much less attractive for investing. In
recent months, this has shown up in new issuers from Andean
nations in the capital markets from a diverse group of
Chile remains a solid bet today, but it has to fight harder
each day to compete with Colombia and Peru as their stars rise.
Even Bolivia, often overlooked because of its small economy
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