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Top Businesswomen 2014

LBC presents its annual list of the Top 50 Businesswomen operating in or with Latin America for 2014.

No growth, big profits

The 100 biggest banks in the region did not increase their total assets in 2013, but reported a 7.6% increase in net revenues. The reasons behind this financial paradox.

The 50 largest energy companies

2013 was a year to forget,but perhapsa good incentive to begin the task of improving business efficiency.

Japan-LatAm Trade: On the up

Trade between Latin America and the world’s third-largest economy continued to grow in 2013, driven by stronger growth in Japan.

China-Latin American Trade: An end to the good old days

Year over year trade with China is slowing, but there are still some regional success stories.

Is slow growth Latin America’s new normal?

World Bank economist Augusto de la Torre warns it might be, but that the region has built a “better immune system” to absorb international shocks.

Latin America’s Investment Stars

LBC takes a look at how each country in the region fairs in attracting foreign investment.

Could sanctions on Venezuela hurt U.S. business?

The U.S. House of Representatives passed sanctions against the government of Venezuela. LBC explores how it would affect business in the United States.

Latin Hotel Index: Accor, Starwood See Gains

The two chains saw gains in their stature in Latin America this year.

Best to Invest: Latin America 2014

LBC looks at which countries provide the safest climate for investment this year.

Security Index: Venezuela is the Most Dangerous Country in Latin America

Venezuela has replaced Haiti as the most dangerous country in Latin America in this year’s Security Index.

Venezuela: One year after Maduro, what’s next?

NicolásMaduro was elected to the presidency one year ago. How do we take stock of his one-year, and what’s next?

Latin America sees Trade Deficit with Europe for Another Year

After years of trade surpluses, Latin America now imports more from Europe than it sends back. Trade volumes fell 5.5 percent over 2012.

Latin America’s Richest: Billionaires  2014

The combined wealth of the region’s richest fell 8.4 percent last year.

Measuring social impact, a necessary approach in philanthropy

Traditionally, donors had limited information to make difficult giving decisions. New trends in the way social cause organizations measure their impact is now helping donors get more “bang for the buck.”

Latin America: instability at home and abroad

While the Ukraine crisis has made headlines around the world in the past weeks, instability in Venezuela and Argentina also has an impact on Latin America’s economies – starting with Brazil.

Venezuelan Trade with the United States down 19 percent in 2013

LBC’s statistics on U.S.-Latin Trade evidence the strength of the Mexico-U.S. trade relationship, and that trade with Venezuela has continued to fall.

The Keys to Latin American Growth

A panel of experts agree female empowerment, entrepreneurship, and physical activity are the key factors in promoting growth

Latin American Cities Must Learn to Access Global Financing

Helping cities to finance infrastructure is a major challenge

Latin Education Index 2013

Which countries do the best at giving their citizens a head start?

FedEx Ship Manager Lite, an easy shipping solution for SMEs in Latin America

Shipments can now be easily processed in Latin America and the Caribbean through a user-friendly online tool from FedEx Express

Latin Entrepreneur Index 2014

Our index evaluates the easiest places to start and grow a business in Latin America

LBC 2014 Outlook: All Eyes on Mexico and Brazil

Read LBC’s predictions on what will happen in the region this year.

SAP: Latin America is an exciting an innovative market

CFO for SAP Americas Peter David talks with LBC about the opportunities in the region.

BBVA Optimistic for Latin America in 2014

The bank sees growth in consumer credit and energy reforms as bright spots.

China, Russia, India, and the Venezuelan Petroleum Industry

PDVSA is increasingly beholden to foreign oil companies to keep up production. Is it sustainable?

Argentina, Brazil lead declines in Latin Labor Index

Increased difficulty in hiring new employees was the main factor in the declines.

Iran and its Proxies--A Growing Security Threat in Latin America

Does the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism pose a threat to the region’s security?

Chile: Globalization star

Chile is the region’s only large economy to make the top 10. Mexico also shines.

Venezuela on the brink

The country’s political and economic systems are facing increasing challenges.

Panama leads 2013 Infrastructure Index

Despite improvements to ease of importing and exporting, Mexico dropped in the ranking.

Coca Cola the Most Chosen Brand in Latin America

The U.S. beverage company places highly in the nine surveyed countries of Latin America – with Peru an interesting exception.

Getting to the top

With the publication of the Top 50 Businesswomen, LBC explores what’s necessary for women to make it to the top in Latin America.

LAC’s Top Trade Partners: India a growing force

Our list of Latin America’s top trading partners shows declines in trade with East Asia, but growth with India and Europe.

Canada trade with Latin America registers declines

While smaller markets saw growth, trade with the region’s major economies saw declines.

Latin America could supply 100% of its power from renewable sources

The region has a “fantastic endowment” for renewable energy, but regulatory and policy barriers impede its implementation.

Storm Clouds Gathering over Latin America?

LBC consults with two experts about what the tapering of QE will mean for the region.

Brazil at the Bottom of the Latin Tax Index for Another Year

Brazil once again comes in last in our tax index. But Venezuela ranks as most improved.

FDI reached 3 percent of GDP in Latin America

Peru and the Dominican Republic jumped on LBC’s FDI Index. Chile in the lead this year.

China-Latin America Trade: Balancing out

Trade with China is reaching more normal rates of yearly growth; Colombia and Costa Rica are this year’s success stories.

Latin Business Index 2013: Bad News for Brazil and Uruguay

Brazil registered the largest decline in this year’s survey following a year of flat economic growth.

Latin America to grow 3.5 percent this year

IMF report predicts modest growth, and urges the region’s economies to lay the groundwork for long-term, sustainable development.

Spain drags down LatAm remittance growth in 2012

Remittances were largely flat year-over-year in 2012 due to a sluggish Spanish economy.

Caracas: the most murderous capital

Haiti, Venezuela, and Honduras top our index for the second year as the most dangerous countries in the Americas.

The richest people in Latin America

The total number and fortune of Latin American billionaires increased substantially in 2012 compared to 2011. The exclusive club of the billionaires grew by 34 names to 98 last year from 64 in 2011.

Hugo Chavez' signature

Venezuela’s economy will close this year with an inflation greater than 30 percent and growth of only 1.8 percent. Can that forecast be altered? What comes after Chavez.

A record-breaking year for M&A deals

Most of the acquired companies were in Brazil, Mexico and Chile. Most of the acquirers were in Brazil, the US and -- surprisingly -- in Colombia. Trends and data drawn from the Latin Business Chronicle 2012 Latin America’s top 100 M&A ranking.

Educating the Children to Succeed

Students with limited access to education in Latin America sometimes fail to develop cognitive skills needed for success. Latin Education Index shows how Guatemala and Haiti lag in this area.

Trade in the Americas

Major trends and opportunities open to U.S.exporters to Latin America. U.S.-Latin trade report.

Brazil, the least globalized economy in Latin America

Brazil ranked for the second consecutive year, as the least globalized country in the region. Venezuela and Colombia are also at the bottom of the list. Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras and Chile are the most connected to global trade flows.

Top 50 Energy Companies

From Petrobras to Comgas, a who's who in the oil and gas industry and in the electricity business

Korea-LatAm Trade: Korea Eyes the Pacific Alliance

New statistics from LBC show that almost half of South Korea’s trade occurs with the Pacific Alliance, a group the Asian country has highlighted as a priority.

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