Q2: Visions of the New World

As the world rebuilds from the pandemic and boosts demand for commodities, Latin America has the potential to supply the world with what’s needed for the energy transition to net-zero emissions. This Q2 2021 issue of LatinFinance magazine examines what must be done to not waste the chance and delves into the large potential for lithium exports as well as the similarly chipper prospects for copper. It also investigates the challenges to finance businesses, takes a look at the growth of the digital payments business in Brazil, and explores the business of catastrophe in Brazil, where insurance-linked securities are expected to gain traction for crop and flood protection as the climate changes.

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Editor's letter

The new world

Q3 2021 outlook: Bonds

Interview with Lisandro Miguens, Head of Debt Capital Markets for Latin America at JP Morgan

Q3 2021 outlook: Equity

Interview with Scott Piper, Head of Latin American Equities, Itaú Asset Management

Q3 2021 outlook: M&A

A boom in SPAC IPOs in the US market and an emergence in Latin America could provide just what the region’s tech sector needs for growth: capital.

Q3 2021 outlook: Loans

Interview with Eddy Lacayo Managing Director, Head of Corporate Lending in Latin America, BBVA

The promise and perils of the rise in commodities prices  

Copper, oil and soybean prices are up, and this bodes well for natural resource-rich Latin America. That is, if leaders use the windfall to set their economies up for lon...

Latin America seeks to cash in on the shift to electric cars

The lithium sector is poised for rapid growth as surging demand for electric vehicles puts pressure on miners to step up production. Investors are keen to finance project...

Copper's post-pandemic challenge

Record copper prices are at the forefront of a global commodities boom. The economies of Chile and Peru, the world’s largest producers of the red metal, will receive a sh...

Latin American issuers hunker down

The world economy’s rebound from the lockdown is brightening the growth prospects for Latin America Inc., but companies are being financially prudent. The result: few are...

Digital payments take off in Brazil

PagSeguro, Mercado Pago, StoneCo and other fintechs are betting on growth in Latin America’s largest economy, attracting competition to a market with seemingly endless op...

The business of catastrophe

Brazil is taking steps to develop its own market for insurance-linked securities, including to cover for the rising risk of floods as the climate changes.