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A dimmer outlook for Petrobras

21 Nov

New corruption allegations intensify the pressure on a company stretched by a falling Real and lower oil prices.

The risk of fiscal laxity in Brazil

18 Nov

Joblessness increases the danger of higher deficits, but a silver lining remains for sectors that depend on government spending.

Mexico reruns the bullet train tender

10 Nov

Confusion over $3.6bn contract becomes a setback for the infrastructure programme.

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Shopping mall prospects remain strong

In spite of a slowdown in development, the popularity of shopping malls is increasing and longer-term prospects are good.

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Mexico – manufacturing a revival

LatAm Confidential’s on-the-ground research finds evidence of an uptick in export-led industries, driven by cheap labour and supportive infrastructure, though security is an increasingly important factor in determining where that investment is made.


The impact of cheaper oil on regional finances

Recent falls in oil prices are increasing fiscal pressure on oil-dependent Latin American economies, particularly Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador.


Ecuador – Correa’s big infrastructure push

Lower oil prices, a weaker currency and fading Chinese enthusiasm for infrastructure finance have slowed economic growth in recent months, but Ecuador is still likely to reap the benefits of heavy public investment in energy and transport.


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