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Latin America: Investors News Letter 31 March 2013

Brazil

Brazil’s Mantiq To Raise Money Abroad For Infrastructure Fund
Mantiq, which was spun off from Banco Santander Brasil SA (BSBR, SANB4.BR) last year, currently manages three private equity funds with total investments of about 2.5 billion Brazilian reais ($1.27 billion). In addition to a fund that invests in the oil and gas industry supply chain, and another that invests in renewable energy and other environmentally sensitive technologies

Brazil to help banks bolster infrastructure financing-official
The Brazilian government is considering measures to help private banks finance the massive infrastructure projects that are key to reviving Latin America’s largest economy.

Strike Shuts Down 36 Brazilian Ports

Central America

Logistics and Transport: A Long Road to Travel in Central America

Why is it more expensive shipping tomatoes from San Jose, Costa Rica, to Managua in Nicaragua than it is to San Jose, California, which is 10 times the distance? According to Google, the distance between the Costa Rican capital and Managua is 430 kilometers, whereas 5,400 kilometers separate San Jose from the Californian city.

Barletta: 2013 should be a good year for logistics development
Panama is one of the rising stars of Latin America’s economy. The construction of large infrastructure projects, such as the $5.2 billion Panama Canal expansion and a $1.8 billion subway in the capital city, have boosted the country’s economy to 10.5% growth and reduced unemployment to 4.8% in 2012.

Jamaica ahead in race to be logistics hub of the Americas
The race to be the logistics hub of the Americas has already begun with the addition of Jamaica that has revealed its intention to position the island as the rival of Singapore. A similar situation is raking place with the Dominican Republic, while in Panama there is still a debate on the need for a long-term strategy that includes where to locate logistics parks.

Filed under: Banking, Brazil, Central America, Energy & Environment, Risk Management, , , , , , , , , , , ,

Bloomberg and El Financiero to Launch Spanish-Language HD Channel in Mexico and Central America

Partnership Will Create Local Content across Television, Web, Mobile and Print

 Bloomberg Media Group, a division Bloomberg L.P., and El Financiero, the media branch of Grupo Lauman, an integrated solutions company, today announced a long-term agreement to launch a new multi-platform Spanish-language business news service. The companies will create a high-definition television channel that combines Bloomberg’s global business and financial insight with locally-produced content. The service will be offered in Mexico and Central America. The companies also plan to offer content online, on mobile sites and in print with a co-branded section in El Financiero newspaper.

“Mexico is one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, and our agreement with El Financiero allows Bloomberg to deliver the sharpest global business and financial insight to a critical market,” said Andy Lack, CEO of Bloomberg Media Group. “This is a significant part of the company’s strategy of forming partnerships with leading providers in markets that have a compelling economic growth story, as we have done in India, Turkey, Mongolia, Indonesia, Africa and the Middle East.”

“The new venture with Bloomberg will provide local investors, businessmen and opinion makers, with high-quality, relevant content that moves markets,” said Manuel Arroyo, President and CEO of Grupo Lauman and El Financiero. “We look forward to bringing to the table Mexico’s key influencers to further the discussion around this region’s economic growth.”

Scheduled to launch in late 2013, this will be the first business news channel available in HD throughout Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. It will be broadcast from El Financiero’s new HD studio in Mexico City. An executive producer from Bloomberg Television will be appointed to work alongside El Financiero to assist in the production of the network’s economic and business coverage. The programming will draw from Bloomberg’s extensive financial and economic data as well as reporting from the company’s 2,400+ journalists in 146 news bureaus across 72 countries.

Mr. Arroyo, along with Enrique Quintana, Chief Editor of El Financiero, will participate in the Bloomberg Mexico Economic Summit at the Club de Banqueros de Mexico. This event gathers the country’s most influential political, financial and corporate minds to discuss the critical issues surrounding the region’s growth.

Source: Bobsguide, 21.03.2013

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Latin America: Investors News Letter 14 March 2013

Top Ranking Banks in Latin America
After a decade of unusual success, the LatAm banking sector has slowed its growth
The year 2011 closed with disturbing news. Banco Santander decided to sell its subsidiary in Colombia, which finally Chile’s Corp Group bought for US$1.225 million. At the time, the chairman of Santander, Emilio Botin, said the measure was taken to “strengthen the balance sheet” of the crestfallen Spanish giants. As he explained, “Our market share in commercial banking in Colombia is far from the 10% which we aspired to get in the markets where we operate.” …

LatAm Hedge Fund Experts Weigh In
On the Current Political and Economic Context
Though 2011 and 2012 have been strong years for LatAm hedge funds, particularly relative to other regions, the political and Workings macroeconomic context in which local managers are investing has been fraught with complicated developments.  For instance, the slowdown in China has affected commodities markets, the lifeblood of many of the region …

Investors Ditch Brazil For Mexico, Colombia

Gramercy Adds to Latin America Private Equity Investment Team

IFC Invests $100M in Energy for Caribbean, Latin America

Brazil

2013 Oil & Gas Industry Perspectives  Brazil
Brazil is heralded as the largest and most significant new oil and gas prospect of the last few decades. However, there is still a long way to go to realize the promise of a new non-OPEC stable source of supply in the top 5 world oil producers by 2020. Progress toward this ambitious target has been slow in the last year, as project development, execution and political risks have taken their toll …

Brazil Real Drops on Speculation Credit Rating May Be Lowered

First meetings on Guyana-Brazil infrastructure project begins

Paraná green lights process to start Paranaguá port infrastructure works in Brazil

ETF investors avoid Brazil

Brazil Seeks Recipe to Attract Investors at Lower Cost

Brazil May Be Next Health-Care Frontier for Global Investors

Troubled Brazil fund Laep to sell 40 mln new shares-filing

BTG Pactual shuts macro hedge fund to new money

Argentina

Argentina Is Replaying Another Inflationary Collapse

Mining investment in Argentina grows 72% despite risky business climate

Fernandez Angers Investors While Ducking Argentine Austerity

Colombia

Foreign direct investment in Colombia seen down in 2013

Chile

Top LatAm selector on working Chile’s red tape

Banchile builds with Fidessa’s sell-side trading platform and connectivity network

Costa Rica

Costa Rica Constructing $96M Oil Terminal

Peru
Peru announces major upgrade to Lima’s water infrastructure

Peru’s Private Pension Funds Want Higher External Investment Limit

Qatar “looks favorably upon” investment-friendly Peru

Peru’s Private Pension Funds Want Higher External Investment Limit

Velarde Says Peru May Allow Pension Funds to Invest More Abroa

Venezuela

Venezuela to Create New Parallel Exchange Rate, Ramirez Says

Venezuela will establish a new parallel exchange rate as it seeks to crack down on a black market in which the dollar is worth about four times more than the official rate, Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez said.

Filed under: Argentina, Banking, Brazil, Central America, Chile, Colombia, Latin America, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

GFI Group to Supply Market Data to Mexico’s PiP LATAM

GFI Market Data, a division of GFI Group Inc. (NYSE:”GFIG”) announced today that it has signed an agreement with Mexico’s Proveedor Integral de Precios “PiP” under which GFI Market Data will become an official price contributor to PiP’s eurobond pricing and curve calculations.

PiP started operations in the year 2000 and was the first price vendor company authorized by the Mexican Securities Commission (CNBV) to provide prices for the valuation of financial assets. They currently have operations in Mexico, Peru, Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica.

Francesco Cicero, Head of eTrading at GFI Group said: “We are very happy to be working with PiP and to be able to supply them and their clients with an independent view of the eurobond markets derived from our highly experienced brokers as well as from our premier electronic trading screen for fixed income, GFI CreditMatch®”.

PiP distributes official closing prices via its PiP- Latam© system.

GFI Market Data provides real bid and offer prices and spreads for a broad range of instruments including asset backed securities, corporate bonds, emerging market bonds, floating rate notes, high yield bonds and structured products. Sourced directly from GFI CreditMatch®, our award-winning electronic trading platform for bonds and fixed income derivatives GFI data reflects market sentiment rather than indications gleaned through aggregated pricing.

Source: Bobsguide 03.01.2013

Filed under: Colombia, Data Vendor, Latin America, Market Data, Mexico, Peru, , , , , , , , , , ,

Mexico the 2nd largest exporter of high technology to the U.S.

Mexico October 30, 2009. Mexico was the country with largest exports of high technology products to the U.S. during the first half of 2009, overtaken by China only.

According to the TechAmerica Foundation report, an association of worldwide innovative companies, Mexico has become the second most important supplier country for the United States.

Only in the early months of this year, the U.S. imported goods from Mexico for an amount exceeding $51.1 billion dollars, almost half of what China sells to the country.

Other U.S. suppliers were the European Union, with $34.4 billion dollars, Japan with $30.3 billion dollars, and Malaysia with 22.5 billion dollars.

In counterpart, the main markets for U.S. technology products were, in that order, the 1.European Union, 2.Canada and 3.Mexico. The market purchased goods worth $27.7 billion dollars during the first half of this year.

TechAmerica Foundation report notes that the fastest growing markets for U.S. exports are Brazil, Colombia, Belgium, Costa Rica , Venezuela, Argentina and Chile, in that order.

Source:E-Mid, 30.10.2009

Filed under: Argentina, Asia, Brazil, Central America, Chile, China, Colombia, Latin America, Mexico, News, Venezuela, , , , , , , , , ,

Central America Exchanges meet to agree on comon platform; Costa Rica, El Salavador and Panama

Today, in Panama, the stock exchanges of Costa Rica (BNV), El Salvador (BVES) and Panama (BVP) started working with the aim of advancing an integration plan. During today and tomorrow, the exchanges’ managers will discuss the establishing of a common trading platform, the single order book, remote membership and the necessary legal and regulatory infrastructure.

“We are giving all our support and pressing the accelerator on this project because it is a plan that concerns us all in Central America,” said Rolando Duarte, president of the BVES. In an effort to incorporate in the process the stock market participants from the region, Duarte said that each country will hold meetings with their house brokers, to push their players closer to the remote model.

The countries are working according to schedule. It only remains to agree on and purchase the trading system. To find the best option at a global level it will be put out to tender. The details of the tender are not defined yet but it will be given to the company that can provide a platform that allows real-time connection with the three stock exchanges. The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), that sponsored the first part of the process, will be asked again to support the purchase.

Duarte said that the set up of AMERCA is progressing according to schedule, and the first results of the integration will be seen in June 2009. This week’s meeting is also expected to discuss the expansion of the Panama Canal, with the idea that local markets are taken into account in the financing plan for the project.

Source: MondoVision 13.10.2008

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