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Latin Infrastructure Index 2014: Addressing the deficit

The region made steady progress in addressing its infrastructure deficit, but more needs to be done.

Peru: Tourism Growth Champion

LBC’s latest Latin Tourism Index shows Peru experienced the strongest y.o.y. growth in tourist arrivals in 2013.

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 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

Small companies in Latin America: a lack of innovation

How Miami is becoming a hub for innovation.

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.

Nicaragua announces plans for transoceanic canal

President says the country will move forward with $40 billion canal project, pending feasibility studies.

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.

EU exports to Latin America grew strongly in 2012

Albeit the cooling-off of Latin America's GDP growth in 2012, the region gained dynamism as destination for products sourced from the beleaguered euro-zone. According to Eurostat figures,

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.

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.

Nicaragua: Second-Most Globalized

Nicaragua replaces Honduras

Latin America: Competitiveness Improves

Panama sails up as second-most competitive economy in Latin America.

Latin America: The 100 Most Powerful in Business

The 100 most powerful men and women in Latin American business.

Panama: Latin America's Highest FDI Per GDP

Panama has Latin America’s highest foreign direct investment level compared to its economy.

Nicaragua: Uncertain Outlook

Can contact centers provide a cushion for Nicaragua as it suffers from growing political and economical uncertainty?

Brazil Top EU Market in Latin America

EU trade with Latin America grows twice as much as U.S. trade with the region. Brazil and Paraguay lead the way in growth.

Nicaragua Country Report: Cautious Business Optimism

President Daniel Ortega is getting the benefit of the doubt from local and foreign investors.

Mexico More Globalized, Brazil Less

Panama and CAFTA are most globalized, while Brazil and the Andean Community are the least globalized.

Latin Bonds Hurt By Policies 

Several Latin American bonds are being hit by concern over policies.

Dangerous Policies for Latin America

The big losers of the anti-investment policies of Latin America's leftist governments are the people.

Nicaragua and Esso: What Will Happen?

Nicaragua's government will likely reach an agreement with Esso over its confiscated terminal, experts predict.

Nicaragua Confiscation Illegal, Unsafe

Nicaragua's confiscation of an ExxonMobile terminal for offloading Venezuela oil is both illegal and unsafe, company officials say.

LatiNode Finds The Right Tone

Using the right technology and focusing on niche markets has boosted LatiNode's bottom line.

CAFTA Disputes Grow

Trade and business grows in CAFTA. But so will the number of disputes, experts warn.

Real Estate: Nicaragua Optimism Despite Ortega

Real estate continues its boom in Nicaragua, spurred by low prices and growing tourism.

CAFTA 2007: Good Outlook

CAFTA faces 2007 with the likely implementation in two more countries and the start of free trade talks with the European Union.

Latin America: More Disputes

A debt default in Ecuador and future expropriations in Venezuela will likely lead to a wave of disputes with private investors, experts say.

Ortega's Nicaragua:  Economic Outlook

Will Daniel Ortega bring back hyperinflation and economic chaos?

Nicaragua Elections:  Too Close to Call

While the opposition is divided, Daniel Ortega leads a well-oiled political machine deeply intermeshed with government agencies staffed by FSLN cadres. Ortega heads the polls, but the outcome could be decided by last-minute support for his main rivals.

Back by Unpopular Demand

As Nicaraguans prepare to vote in their country's presidential election on November 5, Sandinista dictator Daniel Ortega is leading in the polls against a divided field. If Ortega were to regain the presidency, the reversal of the democratic trend in Central America would be devastating.

Nicaragua: What's At Stake

The Nicaraguan elections will have loud geopolitical reverberations for inter-American relations, reports Richard Feinberg.

Central American Tourism Boom

Latin America is setting a new record in international arrivals, led by Central America. But major markets like Mexico, Brazil and Argentina are also seeing healthy growth.

Central America's Vienna Victory

The EU still has to wait for the big prize - a free trade agreement with Mercosur, but in the interim Central America and parts of the Andean Community are ready.

Jerry Haar: Can DR-CAFTA Compete?

DR-CAFTA countries have several advantages, including close proximity to the region’s major export market and relatively inexpensive labor. But challenges include weak public structures and low access to capital.

CAFTA: Positive Outlook

As the U.S. Congress approves CAFTA, U.S. trade with the pact's countries - already up - is expected to increase substantially. Likewise, the CAFTAeconomies should expand as a result.

Latin America's Lean Left

Neoliberalism, Geopolitics, and Oil - What is Really Occurring South of the Border?

Autos and energy lead 2Q13 MNC Index

Nokia continues to see steep declines in revenues.

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.

Peru sees largest gains in US-Latin Trade

The Andean country saw bilateral trade up 19.4 percent in the first half of this year.

Latin America’s Top 100 Banks 2013

Brazilian banks suffer amid slow economic growth, but an election year in Venezuela helps drive up that country’s bank’s assets and net incomes.

Latin Technology Index: Uruguay Latin America’s most plugged-in

The Southern Cone and Panama top most categories in our index. Cuba ranks better than many Central American countries in internet and PC penetration.

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’s middling human capital development scores

The region ranks fourth globally for human capital development.

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 American GDP Growth Stats 2011-15

Panama, Paraguay, and Peru will be the region’s growth champions for the near future. Brazil should outperform Mexico.

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.

LBC 2014 Outlook: All Eyes on Mexico and Brazil

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

Argentina, Brazil lead declines in Latin Labor Index

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

Chile: Globalization star

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

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.

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.

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.”

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

Fiscal transparency: A new challenge for Latin America 

FATCA will affect how Latin America’s wealthiest invest, say prominent bankers.

Nicaragua's grand question

Weeks before construction is set to begin on Nicaragua’s $50 billion canal project, a cloud of doubt still hovers over the plan’s commercial feasibility. The canal should let through giantcontainer ships, and Very Large Crude Carriers, but is there enough demand for this water-route?

Where did remittances go?

Remittances continued to grow slowly this year – a sign of slow pick-up in developed economies.

Latin Entrepreneur Index 2014

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

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.

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?

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.

Latin America’s Investment Stars

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

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