Posts by Edgar Ortiz

Slow Growth, High Government Debt

Mexico continues to experience a yearly growth of less than 3%. Since the second half of 2014, growth rate in Mexico has been stagnant and predictions are that growth will continue at a slow pace throughout this year, as well.

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Argentina Exits Default and Returns to the Global Market

The effect of this has been seen in the performance of Argentina’s debt in the EMBI+, which has shown major improvement for one year now. Using basis points, the EMBI+ measures the difference between bond performance in emerging countries and American treasury bonds, Eurobonds and other risk-free economic instruments.

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The Brazilian Crisis and Its Gray Future

It is true that commodity-producing countries have suffered from the fall of international commodity prices. Brazil, in particular, suffered a great extent. If we keep in mind Brazil’s main exports—which include iron, soy, oil, and sugar—it is logical that the country’s trade balance has deteriorated, as mentioned in a September 2015 article.

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No End in Sight for Mexico’s Trade Deficit

The news about the fall in oil prices and the impact it has had on oil producing countries is nothing new. For Mexico, this fall has had a rather notable effect on local currency exchange rates, and in spite of the depreciation of the peso, exportations have not risen.

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Mexico: Petroleum and Public Finance

Public debt is an increasingly important issue for Mexico. Between January 2014 and December 2015, Mexico’s public debt grew 33%. As Mexico’s debt to GDP reaches 52%, authorities continue to downplay the debt’s importance by pointing out that the debt level is still below that of similar nations. A poor consolation. Below is the debt’s change as percentage of the GDP.

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