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In the eye of the NSA storm: Brazil leads the call for reform     tipo_prod_name_i

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In the eye of the NSA storm: Brazil leads the call for reform

The NSA spying program has heavily targeted Brazil. As a result, President Dilma Rousseff is proposing profound changes and calling for less US influence over how data is treated as well as the structure of the web's backbone. The developments carry a serious risk for US companies, but the pushback could prove costly, disrupting the internet as a global communications tool.

 

Focusing on emerging trends and forecasted prospects, the Intelligence Series works to identify opportunities for our clients in six leading sectors for Latin America. From an annual Industry Outlook to regular surveys of industry players to forecasts in each sector, as well as country and topical focuses, this product delves into the challenges faced and solutions developed in business practices for the region. It's real, actionable intelligence.

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Underwriting Latin America's infrastructure build-out         tipo_prod_name_i

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Underwriting Latin America's infrastructure build-out

The last few years of economic growth in Latin America have been accompanied by increasing need for infrastructure. As that growth begins to slow, addressing the region's persistent infrastructure gap has become even more pressing if its countries are to increase their competitiveness and build on recent development gains. Enter surety bonds. Although it represents just a small slice of the regional insurance market, this specialty product is an attractive tool for the governments region looking to underwrite the contract risk associated with these generally large-scale projects. The Latin American surety industry is also reaping the benefits a global shift away from bank guarantees as the go-to method of securing contracts.

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Getting back on track: The resurgence of railways in Latin Americatipo_prod_name_i

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Getting back on track: The resurgence of railways in Latin America

The commodity boom has been driving growth in Latin America and that has had a knock-on effect in the rail sector since trains are good at handling high flows of point-to-point traffic. Higher oil costs and tighter environmental regulations have also boosted the competitive advantages of railroads, which have also become more efficient thanks to new locomotive technology. The contrast with the bleak 1980s couldn't be clearer. But trains are still not where they were a century ago and freight is the king of the tracks while passenger services have dwindled. Following the concessions and privatizations of the 1990s, passenger services were massively downsized or disappeared almost entirely in countries all over the region. However, the two economic powerhouses of the region, Brazil and Mexico, are finally putting trains back on the map

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Oil refining in Latin America: Sluggish progress amid rising coststipo_prod_name_i

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Oil refining in Latin America: Sluggish progress amid rising costs

Amid a shifting global oil market and ambitious plans in China and Asia to expand refining capacities, Latin America stands out for its inability to make progress with implementation of new refining infrastructure to match its plans to increase oil production. The region's main producers all face numerous political and structural obstacles that are preventing them from making as much progress as they would like, which means they are unlikely to fulfill their minimum goals of self-sufficiency in refined fuels any time soon. In fact, only Brazil has significant concrete projects in the works and even they have been affected by delays and cost overruns, as have the few other projects planned for the region.

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Electric Power Readers' Survey for 2013tipo_prod_name_i

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Electric Power Readers' Survey for 2013

Power demand in Latin America is set to grow in 2013. Over the last decade, Latin America electricity consumption per capita rose by 20%, and there is no sign that this pace will let up. Combined with high power prices, many countries in Latin America will continue to be seen as an attractive place to do business for developers of power projects. Respondents to the BNamericas 2013 Electric Power Survey showed, however, that even in the most welcoming climates, challenges are numerous, foremost among them local opposition to power projects. Renewable power also needs to play a greater role in Latin America, the survey showed, and regional integration has to advance to support energy security.

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Latin American ports: In deep watertipo_prod_name_i

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Latin American ports: In deep water

The economic expansion seen in Latin America and the rest of the world in the past decade has produced marked growth in international trade and the shipping industry. There has also been an increase in the size of the ships used for container transport, a trend that is expected to continue in the coming years, and which highlights the need for investment and planning of port infrastructure. In this report we focus on five port expansion projects in Latin America which together involve investments of some US$1.4 billion.

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Shale resources in Latin Americatipo_prod_name_i

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Shale resources in Latin America

Latin America as a whole could hold 1,900 trillion cubic feet of technically recoverable shale gas resources, approximately 30% of the world's total, and it has numerous liquid-prone basins. Around 90% of the region's shale gas and an overwhelming majority of its share oil is concentrated in three countries: Argentina, Mexico and Brazil. Besides these three nations, Colombia has also been very keen on developing its shale potential. Much of the future of shale development will depend on the delicate balance between below-ground potential and above-ground risk.

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Remittances: Recovery and resilience in tough timestipo_prod_name_i

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Remittances: Recovery and resilience in tough times

The remittances market in Latin America and the Caribbean has made a steady recovery in the past two years after being seriously affected by the international financial crisis. There was a modest return in 2010 when remittances rose by just 2% and in 2011 they swelled 6% to US$61 billion. The recovery in flows took place at varying rates across the region in 2010 and 2011. However, market observe... view more

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Junior financing: Weathering the stormtipo_prod_name_i

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Junior financing: Weathering the storm

Junior miners are experiencing difficulties this year as equity financing has been drying up since late 2011 and the macroeconomic backdrop remains stubbornly gloomy. High metals prices have been unable to reverse the situation and many juniors have been turning to alternative options to finance their exploration activities or have simply been forced into hibernation. This report examines the ext... view more

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Latin American Bond Reporttipo_prod_name_i

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Latin American Bond Report

Latin America is set to post robust growth rates next year, which should help sustain gains in the fixed-income market after a particularly bountiful year, in which federal energy major Petrobras sold US$10 billion of debt - the biggest corporate placement in 2012, several times oversubscribed - and El Salvador obtained better rates than Portugal. That led market watchers to wonder whether investors were plunging idle piles of cash into anything that promised high returns without thinking of the consequences. Debt, in the end, is money that will have to be paid down the line. In other words, is a bubble forming? Some have begun betting on Latin American debt defaults. Gramercy, a fund that has invested in Argentina's restructured debt, opened its second distressed debt fund in November. Still, even the more cautious among analysts expect a strong year for Latin American fixed income, driven by infrastructure spending and new players in the market, many of them non-investment grade.

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