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Mining Survey 2014: Accepting the new reality     tipo_prod_name_i

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Mining Survey 2014: Accepting the new reality

BNamericas' Mining Survey 2014 shows deteriorating sentiment across most indicators, reflecting players' acknowledgement of the new reality facing the sector - softer metals prices, poor access to capital, lower spending, reduced exploration activity. In terms of investment climate, Argentina has emerged as the worst ranked nation. Chile remains 'the best,' but more fragile as a growing contingent believes the climate could worsen in the coming year.

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Oil and Gas Survey 2014: Opportunities aboundtipo_prod_name_i

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Oil and Gas Survey 2014: Opportunities abound

While the percentage of survey respondents who said Latin America is a good place for the oil and gas business dipped this year (from 80% to 70%), some 80% said Latin America will be increasingly important as an oil and gas supplier in the coming decade, indicating that while there might be some cause for concern in 2014, the longer term picture remains attractive. This is underpinned by the amount of resources in place, encouraging governments in some cases, and by strong, stable oil prices. Colombia continues to be seen favorably as a destination for oil and gas explorers. Mexico has risen in the estimation of survey takers. Argentina too is gaining significant interest for its unconventional potential, and survey takers were decidedly more favorable about the country this year than last.

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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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Latin America: Breaking through the shale frontier to achieve factory drillingtipo_prod_name_i

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Latin America: Breaking through the shale frontier to achieve factory drilling

Will countries in Latin America be able to achieve factory drilling in order to convert their technically recoverable shale resources into economically recoverable resources? In this report we look at information from Gas Energy Latin America on the situation in the four countries in the region that are moving fastest towards the development of their non-conventional resources.

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Ports in Brazil: Invest or face collapsetipo_prod_name_i

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Ports in Brazil: Invest or face collapse

A series of reforms, and around US$23.8 billion in private investment through 2017, is set to bring new operators to Brazilian ports, raise the sector's competitiveness, and reduce logistics costs by 30%, according to official targets. Brazil will certainly shrink its port infrastructure gap significantly, but it is clear that more must be done to overcome the bottlenecks affecting logistics competitiveness.

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Outlook 2014 Infrastructure: Closing the infrastructure gaptipo_prod_name_i

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Outlook 2014 Infrastructure: Closing the infrastructure gap

Latin America is a long way from investing the amounts that multilateral organizations say are needed to close the infrastructure gap that limits the region's competitiveness. However, in 2014, there will be new business opportunities for global and regional players as a result of the various infrastructure programs launched in countries like Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Chile. The local capital markets and particularly the pension funds are expected to see much greater participation in these projects.

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Biofuels in Latin America: The state of playtipo_prod_name_i

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Biofuels in Latin America: The state of play

Latin America accounts for roughly a quarter of global biofuel production each year and is home to one of the industry's pioneering markets - Brazil with its homegrown sugarcane ethanol sector. But in the last few years, ethanol's share of Brazil's fuel matrix has declined as production volumes slumped and uncertainties undermined the sugarcane sector. More recently, the other regional biofuel powerhouse, Argentina, has also faltered. The country's export-oriented biodiesel industry is facing the prospect of tariffs and other restrictions in its principal market, the EU. Has the Brazilian biofuels sector recovered and can its ethanol regain lost ground in the domestic market? And in Argentina, will biodiesel producers find another buyer abroad, or will they, or can they, look to local consumers?

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Corporate governance in Latin America - A guide for investorstipo_prod_name_i

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Corporate governance in Latin America - A guide for investors

The inherent potential conflicts between the different stakeholders in a corporate structure manifest the need for corporate governance. Over the past decade, the major Latin American markets have seen various reforms in law and regulation, along with the issuance of voluntary corporate governance codes and the setup of institutes dedicated to the advancement of corporate governance. Nevertheless, critical issues still remain, many of which have great relevance for investors in Latin American companies. At the root of corporate governance issues in Latin America lies the concentrated ownership structure of corporations and lack of market depth in the region. Consequently, shareholder rights, especially for minorities, the handling of related-party transactions, the disclosure of company information, and nomination procedures for the board of directors all gain additional importance to align the interests of majority owners and external minority investors. This report addresses these issues and points out trends in corporate governance and challenges for investors.

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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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Urban and airport Infrastructure: The main challenges facing Brazil for the World Cup and Olympicstipo_prod_name_i

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Urban and airport Infrastructure: The main challenges facing Brazil for the World Cup and Olympics

Brazil's inadequate airport and urban transportation infrastructure present the most significant challenges as the country prepares to host the FIFA World Cup and the Olympic Games. Brazil is tackling this issue with investment. In terms of urban transportation, the projects underway involve investments of 48 billion reais (US$24 billion), while for airports the government has put an ambitious plan in motion to allow private corporations to run the terminals under concessions. But time is running out: The World Cup begins in just 15 months, while the Olympic Games are only three years away.

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Consumer Credit in Latin Americatipo_prod_name_i

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Consumer Credit in Latin America

The Latin American consumer credit market has expanded rapidly over the past 10 years. A combination of strong and stable economic growth, prudent policies and vastly improved investor confidence over the past decade have provided a fertile environment for the market, and we have seen greater access to loans leading to significant changes in Latin American consumption trends. While Chile and Brazil have the most developed markets in the region, the greatest growth potential lies in countries such as Peru, Colombia and Mexico, where economic growth prospects for 2013 and beyond are very positive, and the markets remain vastly underpenetrated.

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Electric Power in Brazil: Is Brazil in danger of the lights going out?tipo_prod_name_i

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Electric Power in Brazil: Is Brazil in danger of the lights going out?

In addition to regulatory and transmission uncertainties, Brazil is facing an energy crisis. In the middle of a dry season, the country's dependence on hydroelectric power generation is ill conceived. Moving forward, Brazil is on a quest to diversify its electric power matrix, adding renewables, thermal and nuclear sources to the range of power generation over the next eight years.

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