In one of the strangest debt crises in recent history, a defiant president Maduro vowed to continue servicing Venezuela’s debt as global ratings and debt settlement agencies declared the sovereign and state-oil giant PDVSA in default. How long can the charade continue?
The Temer administration appears to have lost the communication battle. It has achieved several advances on the economic agenda, and according to Carlos Pereira, this has been achieved at a cost – in terms of cabinet appointments and budget allocations in favour of lawmakers – lower than that paid under previous presidents. All the same, mistrust prevails, with a distorted interpretation of more or less any initiative undertaken by government.
Bonds & Loans speaks with Mauricio Acosta, Director of Treasury and Javier Dorich Doig, Market Analysis and International Sales Manager at Banco de Bogotá about the bank’s funding strategy for next year and the outlook for the Colombian economy as the country seeks to break its longstanding dependency on oil.
CAF tapped the international markets – Argentina raised interest rates by 100bp – Banorte and Interacciones to merge – Colombia pre-paid a bond – Brazil cuts rates – Banco Hipotecario issued a ARS6.3bn bond – Colombia’s stable outlook affirmed – Televisa’s head to step down – Venezuela to restructure USD60bn worth of debt
Taking advantage of positive investor sentiment, Mexican corporates and the sovereign hit the local and international markets en masse in recent weeks. But with analysts forecasting an increasingly volatile 2018 for Latin America’s second-largest economy, the evolving political environment and NAFTA negotiations are casting a cloud over the pipeline.
Nafin to return to the yen market – CFE issued a triple-tranche bond in the local market –Petrobras gets upgraded – Gerdau sold USD650mn in fresh debt – Argentina raises rates – Consumer prices to fall in Peru – The IMF might bail out Venezuela – PDVSA´s assets continue to rally – Guatemala gets downgraded – Bancolombia issued a ten-year bond
The past 15 years in Brazil were marked by retrogression in the electricity sector, with questionable investments and misguided regulations. The Rousseff administration aggravated the situation alarmingly. There was no lack of warnings from specialists. There was too little dialog and too much incompetence. More recent developments suggest that likely solutions to the sector’s woes can often come from unlikely places.
The administration of President Juan Manuel Santos is entering its final stretch with presidential elections next year, prompting Colombia Gold Letter to take the pulse of sentiment in the mining and exploration sector on several key issues.
UK aims to bolster trade relationships with South America – Mexico issued a USD1.8bn bond – Grupo Bimbo tapped the local markets with 10-year notes – IFC to invest USD200 in a plant in Brazil – Brazil sold USD3bn of fresh debt – Argentina to grow 3% in 2017 – Venezuela’s inflation to hit 2,300% in 2018 – Chile’s Colbun issued a 10-year bond – Venezuela’s securities hit a three-year high – El Salvador gets downgraded – Colombia holds rates
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13 Nov 2017