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Hot coals: A snapshot of Latin America's coal mining and marketstipo_prod_name_i

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Hot coals: A snapshot of Latin America's coal mining and markets

Global coal demand is on the rise, led by the developing world. Latin America may be a small player on the world coal mining scene, but one country in particular -Colombia- shines through in terms of output, reserves and the presence of major mining companies. But many of Colombia's coal projects face the challenge of inadequate infrastructure. Investment in roads, trains and ports will be a deciding factor in whether the sector reaches its potential. Mexico and Brazil also produce coal but are net importers and contribute to growing world coal demand.

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The Brazilian home loan markettipo_prod_name_i

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The Brazilian home loan market

The Brazilian home loan market is enjoying its best period in decades and has truly moved on from a 20-year stagnation period. The major players expect that the proportion of home loans to GDP will climb from the current 6% to over 20% through the next decade. But for that to happen, a secondary market of securitized loans must also be developed. This BNamericas report takes a look at this vibrant market, outlining its strengths and limitations.

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Smart grids spread to Latin Americatipo_prod_name_i

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Smart grids spread to Latin America

Energy security, energy efficiency and greater incorporation of non-conventional renewable energy sources are the major challenges for electricity systems in Latin American nations. In this report we look to find out more about the potential of smart grids, the obstacles to their installation and the outlook for deployment of these systems in Latin America.

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Smart grids spread to Latin Americatipo_prod_name_i

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Smart grids spread to Latin America

Energy security, energy efficiency and greater incorporation of non-conventional renewable energy sources are the major challenges for electricity systems in Latin American nations. In this report we look to find out more about the potential of smart grids, the obstacles to their installation and the outlook for deployment of these systems in Latin America.... view more

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Going mainstream: Unified Communications in the SME fieldtipo_prod_name_i

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Going mainstream: Unified Communications in the SME field

Whatever the statistics say about national broadband penetration in each country, one common characteristic is that virtually all large enterprises across the region - and a good number of smaller firms - do have this service. As a result, they have the crucial ingredient for centralizing all their communications needs in a single platform, and all kinds of verticals are ready to follow the lead ... view more

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Paraguay and Uruguay: On the threshold of major changestipo_prod_name_i

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Paraguay and Uruguay: On the threshold of major changes

With constant growth in the region's economies over the last five years thanks to the hike in raw material prices, it has become imperative to bridge the infrastructure gaps that exist and allow Latin America to reach its full potential. This BNamericas report analyzes the specific cases of Uruguay and Paraguay, which during 2012 will test their capacity to promote private sector involvement in the execution of public works.

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The changing game of mining M&Atipo_prod_name_i

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The changing game of mining M&A

After the transformational M&A boom of the mid-2000s, the mining sector is entering a period of deals of a different nature. Metals prices are high, but so are the hurdles that companies must jump to find a good asset and take the plunge.... view more

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Chile's electricity system: Time for changetipo_prod_name_i

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Chile's electricity system: Time for change

Chile has been suffering from an ongoing energy crisis over the last seven years and has yet to find the way forward. High prices for electricity consumption and periodic blackouts have become the norm for residential clients and the production sector. In order to build a more diversified and secure energy matrix, Chile is looking to avail itself of all types of energy generation sources. In this report we will look at the solutions that are being proposed to overcome these problems.

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Oil and gas: A driver of IT development?tipo_prod_name_i

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Oil and gas: A driver of IT development?

Oil and gas is expected to be one of the most dynamic industries in Latin America in the coming years despite facing complex challenges in terms of technology and productivity. This Intelligence Series report seeks to enquire into the conditions that are required for a national oil company to make the transition from being a mere customer to becoming a partner and driver of endogenous IT development.

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Oil and gas: A driver of IT development?tipo_prod_name_i

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Oil and gas: A driver of IT development?

Oil and gas is expected to be one of the most dynamic industries in Latin America in the coming years despite facing complex challenges in terms of technology and productivity. This Intelligence Series report seeks to enquire into the conditions that are required for a national oil company to make the transition from being a mere customer to becoming a partner and driver of endogenous IT development.

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Private Equity in Braziltipo_prod_name_i

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Private Equity in Brazil

Brazil is one of the most interesting emerging market destinations for private equity (PE) funds, thanks to years of political and economic stability and the drive provided by a middle class that has grown sharply with the help of a series of social programs. This prosperity has produced a relative increase in consumption in practically all sectors of the economy, as well as producing business op... view more

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Mobile VAS update: All bases coveredtipo_prod_name_i

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Mobile VAS update: All bases covered

Hardly a week goes by without the announcement of new services that Latin Americans can access via their handsets, whether basic handsets that depend on the SMS platform, or smartphones that open up a whole world of possibilities. BNamericas' sixth Mobile VAS report catches up with the progress made in both these user cases, as well as other trends taking shape in this segment.

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Infrastructure in Humala's Peru: A change in development?tipo_prod_name_i

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Infrastructure in Humala's Peru: A change in development?

The election of President Ollanta Humala in early June raised uncertainty about the outlook for Peru's economic growth and whether the Andean nation would remain attractive for private investors. While the fledgling government has largely restored business confidence, doubts still remain about the administration's plans for the development of infrastructure.... view more

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Outlook 2012 (Banking)tipo_prod_name_i

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Outlook 2012 (Banking)

The deteriorating external economic environment, volatility in financial markets and uncertainty about how deep the crisis really is in Europe, coupled with the outlook for the United States, have combined to produce a rather gloomy picture for Latin America's banking systems in 2012. However, banks in the region have generally proven to be much more robust than we have been accustomed to seeing in the past.

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Outlook 2012 (Oil & Gas)tipo_prod_name_i

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Outlook 2012 (Oil & Gas)

Despite stock markets trending downward on the heels of negative news related to global crises in just about every major continent and economy, the outlook for the Latin American and Caribbean region's petroleum and petroleum-related sectors remains attractive partly due to large-scale opportunities to increase hydrocarbon reserves and production. This report, entitled Outlook 2012, takes a close look at the most important hydrocarbon markets in Latin America and identifies the challenges and tasks that can be expected next year.

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Peruvian hydrocarbons: a sector ripe for investmenttipo_prod_name_i

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Peruvian hydrocarbons: a sector ripe for investment

With Peru LNG, the first gas liquefaction plant to be built in South America, Peru has emerged as a net exporter of hydrocarbons, offering investors a wide range of opportunities in oil and gas exploration, exploitation and development, as well as in expansion projects related to increased gas usage nationwide. This report takes a look at the Peruvian hydrocarbon sector and the opportunities available to investors, either directly or indirectly related to Peru LNG.

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