Latin America Investment 2013
SANTIAGO Measures to overhaul LATAM Airlines Group SA will boost the year-old carrier's results in the latter half of 2013 and should help it recoup its coveted investment grade credit rating in 2015, the airline's executive vice president said on Friday.
Latin America should suffer just a short, sharp shock to its financial markets when the U.S. Federal Reserve starts to taper its super easy monetary policy as investors remain convinced of the region's solid economic prospects and are attracted by its high-yielding assets.
BOGOTA Colombia's central bank chief said on Friday his main challenge over the medium term was preparing the nation for a normalization of U.S. monetary policy, possible rate hikes by developed nations and a drop in commodity prices.
BOGOTA Colombia will remain a hot spot for foreign banks in the coming years as low credit penetration provides ample room for growth, the head of its second-biggest bank said on Friday, while he explores regional opportunities with special attention in Peru.
SANTIAGO Chile's slower pace of economic growth and soft inflation are opening up more monetary policy possibilities, but other factors must be considered and the stance on interest rates is still neutral, the central bank's president said on Friday.
BUENOS AIRES Argentina's dismal credit ratings might get a boost if U.S. courts rule in the country's favor in a long-running dispute with creditors over a 2002 default, but rating agency analysts say weak economic conditions could hinder any positive outcome.
NEW YORK Brazil should further hike the rate of return on its infrastructure projects if it wants to tap into a limited pool of global capital coveted by regional peers, Mark Ramsey, head of Latin America for Macquarie Capital, said on Friday.
SAO PAULO Just two years ago, Brazil was still hailed as "The Near China" - an economy that offered East Asia-style 7-percent growth rates in a seductive, sun-kissed package that was closer to home for western investors.
SAO PAULO Embraer SA , the world's third-largest commercial jet maker, expects just one more big regional jet order as a result of its current U.S. sales campaign, Chief Executive Officer Frederico Curado said in an interview, after the Brazilian planemaker clinched three of four major deals since December.
LIMA Peru's government should back policies that encourage private investment and build business confidence to help Peruvian stocks recover amid tumbling metals prices, said the head of Lima's stock exchange.
SANTIAGO Chile's largest industrial conglomerate, Empresas Copec, will focus this year on reaping the fruits of its multibillion dollar investments before looking at acquisition opportunities, a shift that will benefit its finances, the company's chief executive said.
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