Political Risk Returns

Political Risk Returns

Against a backdrop of improving global conditions in the early part of this year, there was much to be optimistic about in Latin America. Confidence in a smooth Mexican election process was surprising on the upside as of April, with some even hopeful of a more conducive environment for reform. Peru continues to inspire confidence after a poll that worried investors. Though Venezuela’s future remains uncertain and turns on the health of Hugo Chávez, many were bullish about prospects for change. Argentina has thrust political risk back in the spotlight, however, with the Kirchner government’s move to expropriate oil company YPF. The plan appeared likely in April to get a congr

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