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Latam Investor – Argentines Macri Miracle Ends in Default

When Mauricio Macri was elected in 2015 it seemed to herald a new era for Argentina. Now it looks like being more of the same. In August Buenos Aires announced that it would reprofile its debt. In effect it’s another default, with investors having to take a write down for having lent to the Argentine government for the fourth time in the last 30 years and the ninth time since independence from Spain. It’s a sad culmination to a presidency that began with such hope. When Macri came to power his early moves,…

Argentina and Brazil look more promising

Argentina’s Merval and Brazil’s Bovespa were Latin America’s standout equity indices this quarter. In Argentina investors are encouraged by both the nascent economic recovery and President’s Macri’s improving standing in the polls ahead of October’s presidential election. In Brazil it appears that momentum has finally swung behind pension reform, which should improve public finances. Source: Latam Investor (Visited 44 times, 1 visits today) About Gateway to South AmericaGateway to South America…

How Will Climate Change Impact Latin America?

Regardless of whether you believe global warming is man-made or not, it’s clear that it is happening. According to Nasa the earth’s global temperature has risen by 1.62 degrees since the last 19th century, while five of the warmest summers on record have happened since 2010. As a result, established weather patterns around the world are being upended. Climate change will have an outsized impact in Latin America and will lead to far-reaching economic and social challenges. Indeed, in a recent poll by Pew…

Latin America’s Tech Boom

Since colonial times Latin America’s role in the world economy has been as a supplier of commodities. It was a late adopter of technology, receiving it second hand, first from Europe then from the US. But now the region is starting to develop its own world-class tech firms. It’s rare that high-tech Latin American companies break out from their home markets to compete on the global or regional stage, but the launch of $5 billion SoftBank-backed tech fund poised to invest in tech in Mexico and Argentina could…

Argentina has opened up a range of sectors: New Multi-layered investment options

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HEADING UP Argentina’s reforms are pushing the economy in the right direction When Mauricio Macri came to power in late 2015 and promised to fix Argentina’s distorted economy it caught the world’s attention. In the LatAm INVESTOR Argentina Report published in Q2 2016, they described how closed sectors were being opened up for international investors. Two years later we’re back with an update. Macri’s first 100 days were a whirlwind of rapid changes, as he tackled the most perverse distortions in the…

Latam Investor Q3 2018 Report

With 80% of the region’s population going to the polls in 2018, this year was always going to be seminal for Latin America. With elections in Chile, Mexico and Colombia already completed we can now see some outlines appearing on the political map of Latin America for the next few years. Meanwhile, with commodity prices from copper to oil moving upwards, the economic dynamic is also becoming clearer. In Chile and Colombia, right-wing candidates have come back to power. Both are lucky to win an election when…

LatAm Investor – Latin America Loves Trade Deals

What happened? Chile, Mexico and Peru in March became members of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). The agreement reduces tariffs between 11 countries, including Japan and Canada, which amount to 13% of the global economy. Against the backdrop of President Trump’s withdrawal from the deal and doubts over the future of NAFTA, the CPTPP shows that Latin American nations still have an appetite for trade agreements. The strong Latin American showing in the CPTPP…
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