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Latin America Natural resources and energy

Pre-salt reserves make Brazil ripe for investment, but risk remains

On October 27, 2017, new auction rounds for the eight pre-salt blocks in Brazil were launched. As the Brazilian government approved a new regulatory framework for the bidding process to allow more investors, 14 foreign companies and two Brazilian entities were qualified to participate in the auction.

Economics Latin America

Ratings upgrade puts pressure on next government to maintain Brazil’s economic recovery

Amidst political chaos and uncertainty, Brazil’s economy continues on its path to recovery receiving a vote of confidence by ratings agency Moody’s. There is hope Brazil will be able to continue the necessary economic reforms once a new President takes office next year.

Latin America Politics

Judge orders Lula’s imprisonment and markets jump

In a historic decision, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court may have ended almost any chance for Lula to run for President in Brazil’s October presidential election. Two days after the decision and after violating Judge Sergio Moro’s timeline for arrest, Lula turned himself in to the Federal Police. Markets reacted positively to the news, but the court’s decision will divide an already polarized country and lead to even more uncertainty ahead of the Presidential election.

Latin America Politics

Federal security intervention in Rio jeopardises Brazil’s pension reform

A new security intervention decree signed by President Temer that federalizes the fight against crime in Rio de Janeiro may prevent a key vote on pension reform from taking place next week. Brazil’s credit rating is at risk without progress on pensions.

Europe Latin America

Argentina and Brazil push for a Mercosur agreement with the EU

2017 promised to be a decisive year for the trade agreement between Mercosur and the European Union given Brazil and Argentina’s strong efforts to finalize the deal. However, due to

Latin America Politics

Lula’s path to re-election just got a little more complicated…

Lula is the main source of uncertainty for Brazil, so the increased chances of him not being allowed to run boost optimism for a pro-reform candidate.

Central America Latin America Politics Special Reports

Special Report: Latin America’s key elections

Latin America is undergoing powerful political changes that will pose challenges to stability in the region. A series of elections in key countries make 2018 a crucial year.

Economics Latin America

WTO condemns Brazil industrial policy: Brazilian government discusses new subsidies rules

According to the WTO, Brazil’s industrial programs are inconsistent with the international agreements signed by the country.

Economics International Politics The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead: 3 – 9 December

UK reaches Brexit deadline. Brazilian president supports campaign rally. India changes interest rates. US government faces shutdown. All in The Week Ahead.

Latin America Politics

Risk Pulse: Corruption perceptions will impact Latin America’s 2018 elections

Exclusive new data shows that corruption remains one of the biggest problems in the Latin American region – with implications for investment.