Category Archives: FTSE Global Markets

Brazilian banking: Spoilt for choice

Brazilian bank are living a golden era. A consumer boom and high spreads on loans are lifting profits and rushing leaders up the ranks of the top global banks. A more thrusting, international corporate sector is luring Brazilian banks overseas … Continue reading

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Brazil builds HFT platforms but will they come?

Phenomenal trading growth has generated enough liquidity on the mercantile and futures exchange, BM&F, and stock market, Bovespa, to allow quants to flourish and even the first high frequency trading strategies to sprout. The exchange is investing heavily to encourage … Continue reading

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Petrobras: A tale of two halves

Pre-salt finds in Brazil offer a once-in-a-century opportunity for the country to boost its coffers and tackle pressing social problems. If balanced with interests from other stakeholders, the oil will indeed be transformational. However, the mere thought of the money … Continue reading

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Brazilian Billionaire Stumbles: The OGX IPO

To the surprise of many, OSX Brasil SA, the Brazilian shipbuilding company controlled by billionaire Eike Batista, slashed the size and price of its initial public offering in March, which was expected to be among the world’s biggest this year. … Continue reading

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Sao Paulo reaches for hub status

A visionary plan to put Brazil and São Paulo in pole position as financial centres for Latin America was unveiled on March 24th, backed by luminaries from the private and public sector. The nuts-and-bolts of how this scheme will be … Continue reading

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Reverse ADRs hot in Chile

A twist on an the concept of American Depository Receipts is attracting greater trading to emerging market exchanges, generating more income for local brokers and more choice for investors as well as helping large companies diversify their investor base and … Continue reading

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Latin American Custody

Large global custodians working in Latin America are not having the best of times. The wider banking crisis has trickled down and affected even healthy custody businesses as parent banks have had to wield the axe across the board. Custodian … Continue reading

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Latin America and global warming: An ambivalent polemic

A future of rising temperatures and altered rainfall patterns could be disastrous for the Latin American region. Argentina serves as a good illustration of just how severe the impacted could be. Renowned for its fertility, the country has seen its … Continue reading

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Developing Latin carbon markets

Latin America has tended to find itself on the sidelines in the debates and actions surrounding climate change as attention has been lavished on the huge populations and rapid development of Asia, especially China and India. In part, the lack … Continue reading

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Brazilian mining sector braces for downturn

The February 12 announcement that Aluminum Corp of China was set to invest $19.5 billion to get access to some of the best iron ore and copper assets of Rio Tinto, highlighted the perils facing indebted mining companies, now facing … Continue reading

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