March/April 2015

  • Front Notes: Reality check Mar 11, 2015

  • Bonds news: Sluggish start Mar 11, 2015

    Sovereigns have tapped international markets with tightly-priced deals, but volatility and the Petrobras corruption scandal pushed Brazilian issuers to the sidelines. By Eduardo García

  • People news: Stepping up Mar 11, 2015

    Petrobras changes its leadership, while investment banking moves abound. By Jennifer P. Roig

  • Loans news: Liquidity rules Mar 11, 2015

    Energy companies and Brazilian borrowers are finding bank funds available, despite the external conditions. By Patrick Ferguson

  • Equity and M&A news: Thin pickings Mar 11, 2015

    Equity deals are in the pipeline, but coming slowly to the market. By Katie Llanos-Small

  • PERSON OF THE YEAR: New-wave pragmatist Mar 11, 2015

    Dismissed by many as a populist in the image of Hugo Chávez, Ecuador’s president has disrupted the stereotype and refuses easy characterizations about the role of markets and the economy. By Katie Llanos-Small

  • In his own words: Rafael Correa Mar 11, 2015

    Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa spoke to LatinFinance in Quito recently about his views on financial markets, the role of the economy, the fall in the oil price and his priorities for his last two years in office. Here is an edited transcript of the conversation.

  • Cover Story: Hitting the bottom Mar 11, 2015

    The rapid fall in the price of crude oil to below $50 a barrel is reverberating across Latin America, disrupting carefully crafted economic and corporate plans and stirring up far-reaching shifts in investment and capital raising. By Katie Llanos-Small and Phil Thornton

  • Cuba: Long road Mar 11, 2015

    The thaw between the US and Cuba has started. But much remains to be decided before corporate and institutional investors can dabble freely in the market. By Jennifer P. Roig

  • Capital markets roundtable: Currency shift Mar 11, 2015

    Local market bonds trade much less than those in dollars, and so international investors are often reluctant to buy them. But market changes are afoot as the global cycle turns. The subject was one of several themes at a roundtable discussion among leading investors, borrowers and advisors in New York in January.

  • Finance ministry scorecard: Glimmers in the gloom Mar 12, 2015

    A mix of orthodox macroeconomic policy and pre-emptive tax-raising measures held investors’ confidence in the sustainability of Colombia’s growth prospects. By Phil Thornton

  • Public credit scorecard: Making hay Mar 16, 2015

    As the sun shone on Latin America’s capital markets in 2014, the region’s most sophisticated sovereign funding departments seized their chance to borrow at good rates. By Eduardo García

  • Brazil: Crunch time Mar 11, 2015

  • Brazilian economy: Bitter potion Mar 11, 2015

    Dilma Rousseff’s new finance minister has the confidence of the market. But bringing Brazil’s accounts into line is likely to make him unpopular at home. By Thierry Ogier

  • Petrobras: Picking up the pieces Mar 11, 2015

    The corruption scandal at Latin America’s biggest debt issuer has shaken regional capital markets, and its limits are still not clear. By Thierry Ogier

  • Restructuring: New rules, old problems Mar 11, 2015

    Amid a new wave of debt restructurings, Brazil’s still-evolving bankruptcy framework will give some creditors comfort. Others have many reasons to be afraid. By Dominic O’Neill

  • Mexico: Building growth Mar 11, 2015

  • Infrastructure: Ready for take-off Mar 11, 2015

    Mexico’s infrastructure plan is set to demand more private sector participation than ever before. Construction companies are positioning for the opportunities. By Patrick Ferguson

  • Real estate: Growing up Mar 11, 2015

    Barely four years old, Fibras are multiplying and moving into subsectors of the country’s property market but may be coming up against limits to their expansion. By Patrick Ferguson

  • Andes: Low and dry Mar 11, 2015

  • Colombia: Counting the change Mar 11, 2015

    After a terrific year for growth, falling oil prices are set to test Colombia’s economic resilience and diversification. By Lucien Chauvin

  • Venezuela: By any means Mar 11, 2015

    Post-Chávez Venezuela’s political and economic troubles are mounting as dollars become scarcer. By Girish Gupta

  • Argentina Investor Report: Hard questions Mar 11, 2015

  • Argentina Sovereign Debt: Sifting for dollars Mar 11, 2015

    As a presidential election looms in October, Argentina’s dwindling dollar reserves are adding to the pressure on the government’s finances. By Charles Newbery

  • Argentina Corporate Debt: Borrowing time Mar 11, 2015

    A handful of Argentine companies have landed innovative funding despite the country’s tumultuous economy. With better days in sight, corporates are preparing for smoother borrowing conditions. By Charles Newbery

  • Institutional investors: The yield question Mar 11, 2015

  • Investing in alternatives: Breaking traditions Mar 11, 2015

    Regional pension funds and insurance companies are, slowly, looking at investments beyond stocks and bonds. By Jennifer Bollen

  • Insurance investors: Branching out Mar 11, 2015

    Peru’s growing insurance companies are increasingly diversifying their investments. Yet finding strong returns in local currency remains tough. By Rodrigo Amaral

  • Brazilian insurers: Close to home Mar 11, 2015

  • Parting Shot: Leading talent Mar 6, 2015

    Businesses, governments, and entire countries are losing a competitive edge that could make a crucial difference to their future success, argues Susan Segal

  • Ecuador Banking: Banking on the small guy Mar 11, 2015

    Ecuador’s financial sector is undergoing a growth spurt. Now new measures are coming in to entice participation from more of the population

  • Ecuador Corporate Financing: Growing options Mar 11, 2015

    International bond markets have become a more feasible funding avenue for Ecuadorian companies

  • Ecuador Foreign direct investment: The welcome mat Mar 11, 2015

    Investment has primarily been a local thing. Now Ecuador hopes to attract FDI by making its economy friendlier to international investors. First up: Food, metals, and mining

  • Ecuador Interview: Engines of growth Mar 11, 2015

    Ramiro González was appointed Industries and Productivity Minister of Ecuador in May 2013. He spoke to LatinFinance about modernizing industry in Ecuador. This is an edited transcript of the discussion.

  • Ecuador Government Financing: Broader horizon Mar 11, 2015

    Ecuador has diversified its sources of funding in recent years. With the dramatic drop in oil prices, those new links will be put to the test

  • Ecuador Economy: Braced for change Mar 11, 2015

    The sharp drop in oil prices will test Ecuador’s resilience this year. But the country has already made strides to strengthen its economy

  • Ecuador Trade: Wake-up call Mar 11, 2015

    As a tough international economy hits export revenues, talk of revving up value-added production is stirring

  • Ecuador Interview: Aiming high Mar 11, 2015

    Sandra Naranjo was appointed tourism minister in July 2014, shortly after the country launched its “All you need is Ecuador” campaign to attract foreign visitors. She spoke to LatinFinance about the country’s rising tourism targets, and how to reach them. This is an edited transcript of the discussion.

  • Ecuador Interview: Going Green Mar 11, 2015

    Ecuador’s Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy Esteban Albornoz has an academic background in electricity science, and previously ran the country’s electricity corporation, Celec. He spoke to LatinFinance about the country’s clean-energy revolution. This is an edited transcript of the discussion.

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