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Weekly Risk Outlook

Metals companies meet to discuss mineral markets. US Senate prepares to vote on several bills and nominations. World Bank and IMF release bellwether economic data. Bank of Japan releases monetary

Economics Latin America

Brazil’s populist president names liberal finance minister

Brazilian president Dilma Rouseff has appointed Joachim Levy to new Finance Minister post. But Levy faces many challenges if he is to balance Brazil’s budget. Guest post by Dr. Daniel

Finance International

More emerging economies enter bond markets

Countries across Africa and Latin America have expressed a desire to begin or expand the sale of government bonds. Markets seem willing to take them up on their offer. Interest in the

Economics International

3 things to watch in emerging market currencies

The US dollar has been on a tear since July, and its effect are beginning to hit emerging markets. First there was the taper tantrum, then another, then another. Emerging markets

Finance Latin America

Latin America still low on ‘Ease of Doing Business’ scale

The ‘Ease of Doing Business’ ranking has improved for Latin American countries since 2005, but important regulatory areas such as tax law, contract enforcement, and commercial lending need to be overhauled

Economics Latin America

Colombia risks being caught in middle-income trap

Colombia is becoming a popular Latin American investment market. But if Bogotá wants to grow beyond the middle-income range and become a long term-investment destination, the government will have to emphasize better governance

Economics International

How BRICS’ new bank will challenge the West

BRICS countries have launched the New Development Bank with the aim of boosting infrastructure investment. The new bank may not become a key lender in the world economy but could challenge

Middle East/North Africa Politics

4 challenges facing Egypt’s new president Sisi

Egypt’s newly elected President, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, inherits a nation embattled by years of turmoil and instability. A bleak economic situation and continued crackdown on opposition and militant attacks are

Economics South and Central Asia

Is Myanmar a new El Dorado for foreign investors?

Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) moved from a 50-year-long military regime to budding civilian rule in 2011. The political transformation has initiated social and market reforms and has piqued foreign investors’ interest in