Countries/Regions

  • Going Global with Peso Paper Dec 1, 2002

    Bancomext, the Mexican government's export-import bank, set a new benchmark in November when it issued the first peso issue that can be traded by international investors.

  • Itaú Gains Two Kinds of Capital Dec 1, 2002

    By buying local competitor BBA Creditanstalt, Brazil's second-largest private sector bank substantially grows its assets and gains the talent inside a well-run wholesale franchise.

  • Keeping the Faith Dec 1, 2002

    The international financial markets have warmed to Brazilian President-elect Lula's statement-like pronouncements. But he must impose unpopular austerity measures to keep investors satisfied.

  • Making Markets Work Dec 1, 2002

    Trinidad and Tobago?s embryonic capital markets could get a much-needed boost, now that the country?s 11-month political stalemate is over.

  • MarketWatch Dec 1, 2002

  • Mexico's Starving Cash Cow Dec 1, 2002

    Pemex, Mexico's national energy company, earns billions of dollars a year. But that prodigious wealth is vanishing because the government has failed to feed its exploration budget.

  • People Dec 1, 2002

  • Playing for High Stakes Dec 1, 2002

    Argentina's financial crisis has affected the region's markets far more deeply than many expected. It has changed the way investors and banks approach risk in Latin America.

  • Quenching Corporate Thirst Dec 1, 2002

    A 123-year-old Peruvian brewer has become the prize in a fight to dominate the region's beer market. The battle involves some of South America's most powerful families.

    • Bringing Back Bolivia Nov 1, 2002

      Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada is leading the country again and his main goal is to rescue Bolivia from a debilitating four-year recession.

    • Business & Banking Nov 1, 2002

    • Cuscatlán's Regional Mindset Nov 1, 2002

    • First Citizens' Client Focus Nov 1, 2002

    • Mercantil Wins With Modest Growth Nov 1, 2002

    • Mexico Preps for Fannie Mae Nov 1, 2002

      A federal guarantee for a securitization of real estate development loans is a significant step in Mexico's evolution to capital markets-based mortgage financing.

    • People Nov 1, 2002

    • Santander's Tactical Success Nov 1, 2002

    • Will Prudence Prevail ? Nov 1, 2002

      Following an overwhelming victory, Brazil's President-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva now must show investors he can control spending and inflation, and continue to pay the country's debts.

      • Argentina's Broken Bonds Oct 1, 2002

        Italian retail investor's love affair with Argentine bonds ended abruptly when the sovereign left its creditors in the lurch. Angry Italians want someone to compensate them for their losses.

      • Business & Banking Oct 1, 2002

      • Cordoning Off Political Risk Oct 1, 2002

        After jumping through legal hoops, the Argentine oil company Tecpetrol successfully restructured $230 million in bank loans. Securitized revenues made the new debt palatable to creditors and the government.

      • Divide and Capitalize Oct 1, 2002

        Colombia's Grupo Empresarial Antioqueño is a dominant player in the financial services, food and cement industries. But its complex structure is limiting access to capital, a problem GEA's bosses are trying to overcome.

      • Eastern Restraint, Latin Assets Oct 1, 2002

        Unlike their European and American counterparts, Asian investors entered Latin America slowly and carefully, a strategy that is giving them staying power in these tough times.

      • Holding On, But Barely Oct 1, 2002

        So far, Uruguay has fended off a collapse of its banking system, which has been rocked by fallout from Argentina's financial crisis. Despite a $3.8 billion multilateral aid package,the outlook remains grim.

      • HSBC's Southern Exposure Oct 1, 2002

        With the purchase of Grupo Bital, HSBC finally has the anchor it has wanted in Mexico for several years.Meanwhile, the feisty Bital is getting a much-needed boost to its balance sheet.

      • Patching Up the Pension Fund Folly Oct 1, 2002

        The privatization of retirement funds in Latin America has come up short. Except for in Chile, the pioneer of privately managed pension funds, governments are still grappling with huge fund deficits and unfunded liabilities.

      • So Long to Latin American Samurais Oct 1, 2002

        After providing a solid supply of money for Latin American bond issuers, the yen market snapped shut last August. Only the Mexican state electricity company has been able to break in.

      • Sovereign Report Oct 1, 2002

      • The Art of the "Impossible" Oct 1, 2002



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