In Depth

Bond fund returns bloom in a volatile year for LatAm

Bonds Funds Corporate & Sovereign Strategy

Earnings for bond investors in Latin America have burst into life. The most impressive managers were those who were unafraid to pursue portfolio growth in the thorniest o...

Investors bet on banks amid equity rebound

Corporate & Sovereign Strategy Brazil Chile

Equity fund flows are soaring, reversing years of exits from the asset class, yet risks still linger in Latin American stocks. The best investors are picking carefully

How two Mexican developments could catalyze Latin America’s green bond market

Brazil Mexico Central America

Latin America is lagging behind global trends when it comes to green bonds, but two big developments in Mexico may herald a change

Reshaped and cashed up, IIC plans a big year for lending

Bonds Structured Finance Funds

After a year of transition, the Inter-American Investment Corporation is primed to sharply extend its financing portfolio, its chief executive says

Mexico's Ildefonso Guajardo on dealing with the Trump administration

Mexico Economy & Policy Corporate & Sovereign Strategy

As tensions with the US remain high, Mexico's economy minister sets out his country's priorities and plans in a recent interview with LatinFinance

Odebrecht’s bribery scandal casts a shadow over Latin America

Brazil Peru Loans

The shock waves are not just hitting Odebrecht and its partners but also infrastructure and project finance markets across the region

Brazil's Marcelo Allain on infrastructure financing

Brazil Project & Infrastructure Finance Interviews

Brazil's government hopes to attract more investors into infrastructure by increasing returns and revamping concessions contracts, says the secretary of investments and p...

Paraguay's infrastructure push deepens

Paraguay Project & Infrastructure Finance Features

Paraguay has a $2 billion pipeline of PPPs, but congressional tie-ups and a lack of depth in the local financial markets are making investors wary

A tough time accessing credit is holding back most Latin small businesses

Brazil Colombia Corporate & Sovereign Strategy

Big businesses are the exception in Latin America. Yet they still gobble up most of the available corporate credit. Across the region, governments are looking at ways to ...

For Peru’s SMEs, less cumbersome government regulations are just the beginning

Peru Economy & Policy Corporate & Sovereign Strategy

Peru is dumping onerous rules in a move the government hopes will ease the way for small companies to register, pay tax and offer employee benefits. But business owners s...

Why banks are missing an opportunity when it comes to women-led small businesses

Bonds Structured Finance Corporate & Sovereign Strategy

Development organizations are making a business case for financing small and midsize enterprises led by women, but commercial lenders have been slow to catch on. By Stefa...

BNDES’ new SME financing plan could make or break Brazil’s economic recovery

Bonds Structured Finance Brazil

Brazil’s small businesses have been beaten up by years of recession and high interest rates. Now BNDES says it has a solution. If it succeeds, it could give the economy t...

After Lava Jato, even Brazil’s small businesses say compliance is king

Bonds Structured Finance Corporate & Sovereign Strategy

In the wake of Lava Jato, small and midsize businesses are finding that they must improve their compliance procedures to hold on to contracts and borrow money. By Rodrigo...

For Brazil, a slow path ahead

Brazil Economy & Policy Corporate & Sovereign Strategy

President Michel Temer has made an aggressive move to reform Brazil’s shrinking economy. Now growth is in sight, but it will take several years to tackle the fiscal mess

Frustration over Trinidad &Tobago's monetary controls is escalating

Caribbean Trinidad & Tobago Economy & Policy

An overvalued currency is hindering access to foreign exchange, in turn hurting small businesses and consumers. By Mat Youkee