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17 Apr 2018   Macro, Policy, Americas

Colombia Sees Improving Internal, External Economic Conditions

Colombia's Central Bank Governor Juan José Echavarría speaks with Bonds & Loans about the economy, interest rates, and blockchain.

Yes, Brazil Has an Agenda

Pre-candidates to the Presidency slowly reveal their vision about economic policies. As one might suspect, there is good and bad news.

Promigas CFO Aquiles Mercado González on Promioriente, Brilla and Expansion

Bonds & Loans speaks with Aquiles Mercado González, Chief Financial Officer at Promigas, on its distribution subsidiary’s hugely successful local market bond transaction, new opportunities for growth, and the company’s innovative non-bank financing programme.

CASE STUDY: MTP Navigates Regulatory Unknowns to Issue Mexico’s First Tower Securitization

The first securitization sponsored by Mexico Tower Partners included a much-anticipated 5-year bullet repayment date (ARD) and marked the first wireless tower-backed securitization in Mexico. The structure allowed MTP to waive CNBV’s partial dependence requirement, repay the existing credit facility and keep the remaining proceeds from the issuance.

The War on Trade: How US Protectionism Threatens Global Stability

The US has taken unilateral action to start a potential trade war with China. This is a policy mistake of gigantic proportions resting on a misunderstanding about how open economies work. The direction of US economic policy contrasts sharply with Chinese policies and we expect only a measured, proportional and targeted response from China, which will remain open to deeper trading ties with third countries, explains Ashmore's Jan Dehn.

Referendum Boost Opens Ecuador to Fiscal Rebalancing

Last summer the investor community lamented the election of Lenin Moreno as Ecuador’s new president, anticipating “more of the same” from ex-leader Rafael Correa’s long-time ally and protégé. In calling for a referendum on term limits, however, Moreno appears to have delivered an unexpected blow to his predecessor’s comeback plans. Now it is time to address the fiscal “elephant in the room”.

Tecnoglass Chief Financial Officer: ‘We must reactivate industry, consumption and construction’

Tecnoglass, among a select few Colombian non-financial corporates to take the plunge in the international bond markets last year, is looking to consolidate its investments over the past few years. The company’s Chief Financial Officer Santiago Giraldo López tells Bonds & Loans the company will look out for strategic growth opportunities in 2018, but risks still ride high on election uncertainty and a lag in key sectors.

Brazil: What did Carnival Reveal? A Recovery, That’s What

Carnival in 2018 was the most festive in recent years. The streets were full and associations connected with tourism celebrated a marked increase in movement. With fear of the recession receding, consumers are gradually materializing their buying intentions once more.

Brazil: The Economics of The Intervention in Rio

The federal public security intervention in Rio de Janeiro is one more example of the political perspicacity of the government leaders. In one fell swoop they managed to remove the monopoly on the public safety agenda of an important competitor, give a sign of strength to unfaithful allies, and put the opposition in the uncomfortable position of criticizing a measure with popular appeal.

MTP CFO Gonzalo Cornejo on Setting the Pace for Securitisations in Mexico’s Local Market

Following its landmark local market securitisation debut – the first of its kind in Latin America, Mexico Tower Partners has proven itself to be both a leader in the country’s telecommunications infrastructure sector and a trailblazer in its financial markets. Bonds & Loans speaks with the company’s Chief Financial Officer Gonzalo Cornejo about how the deal was done and why it’s worth being first to market in a high-growth sector.

 

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