Front Notes: A delicate balance

Nov 1, 2012

If there was ever any lingering doubt about the enduring appeal of Latin capital markets, the second half of this year may well have snuffed it out. Markets are on fire. Records are being smashed. And an unprecedented surge in liquidity looks set to drive yet more deal-flow in the region. Bankers now expect debt capital market volumes for Latin America to top $100 billion this year. The boom in issuance is taking place amid a broader swell in capital flows to emerging market assets, following the announcement by the US Federal Reserve in September of a third round of quantitative easing and renewed hopes that the eurozone’s darkest days are finally behind it. Total issuance across the emerging market asset class had already hit $370 billion by...

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