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Brazil: Curb Your Enthusiasm

One of the most important public issues in every country is Social Security. That is normal. Retirement is too serious a matter to be disregarded by the State. Human beings are not always rational and their choices might also be based on subjective factors, such as the importance given to social status. Individuals can choose to consume too much today and not save for retirement. The result would…

29 Aug 2019

Ashmore: The Path to Averting a Default in Argentina

Investors are suddenly much more concerned about the political transition in Argentina, but default is by no means a certainty, argues Ashmore's Gustavo Medeiros, and opportunities abound.

23 Aug 2019

Corruption, Political Deadlock Slow Peru’s Infrastructure Development Progress

As the Odebrecht scandal continues to resonate across Latin America, Peru remains one of the hardest hit regional economies, suffering the fallout both on its political establishment and subdued foreign investment at a time when the public sector is retrenching from key economic segments. The unexpected success of the referendum in January opened a path towards reform that could revitalize the…

19 Aug 2019

CASE STUDY: Multi-tranche Dual-currency Financing of Autopista Al Mar 1 Project Summons STRABAG

The unprecedented 6-tranche multicurrency project financing was one of the first post-Odebrecht transactions to close in Colombia, and saw the arrival to Latin America of the Austrian developer Strabag, for whom this was also one of the biggest deals of this type in its history.

15 Aug 2019

Azul Airlines Focussed on Brazilian Market and Fleet Revamp

Joelmir Baumgratz discusses increasing capacity for less cost, consolidation in the airlines market, oil price fluctuations driving complex hedging strategies and using air miles as collateral on financings to bring yields down.

13 Aug 2019

CASE STUDY: FUNO’s “Phone Roadshow” Brings Strong Oversubscription on USD1bn Issue

Fibra UNO, the first and largest real estate investment trust (REIT) in Mexico, was able to upsize its dual-tranche USD1bn bond with an innovative “long-distance” roadshow that saw over 4x oversubscription from a variety of international investors.

7 Aug 2019

Paraguay SWOT: Opportunities in Projects, Renewables May be Thwarted by Political Risk

A minnow country by most economic measures, Paraguay has for years combined some of the most progressive policies in the social and environmental sphere with antiquated financing models and realpolitik. But with a steady pipeline of deals emerging in the infrastructure and energy space, it is beginning to attract attention of foreign investors seeking higher yields in unfamiliar or exotic…

5 Aug 2019

Brown Brothers Harriman: Emerging Markets Preview for the Week Ahead

EM remains under severe pressure. The less dovish than expected Fed, renewed trade tensions, and a broad-based dollar rally have conspired to absolutely crush EM FX and equities. These drivers are likely to carry over into this week and so we remain bearish on EM.

5 Aug 2019

Actis Focussed on Renewables, Infrastructure and Developing Local Capital Markets in Brazil

Bonds & Loans interviews Bruno Moraes, Director (Energy) at Actis, about investment prospects in the Brazilian markets, Actis's focus on renewables and their new infrastructure fund.

31 Jul 2019

HSBC Sees Growing Regulatory Capital Supply out of Latin America

As the first wave of securities issued under Basel III rules start to approach or eclipse key call dates, testing the market for the relatively nascent asset class, banks across the Americas are finally coming to grips with rapidly evolving and increasingly complex regulatory capital requirements in their respective jurisdictions. With new rules providing regulatory clarifications coming onstream…

24 Jul 2019

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