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Snapshot: Covering the Latin American economy

From Mexico in the north to Argentina in the south, the 19 countries of Latin America make up a risky, but possibly rewarding, field for investment. Reuters alone provides the coverage necessary for sound, strategic decision-making.

A region as populous and wealthy in natural resources as Latin America should hum with economic activity, but political uncertainty and looming elections are hamstringing local markets and giving foreign investors pause. In such a climate, precise analysis and thorough reporting are critical.

“Latin America is a region desperately in need of investment and with the capacity for rapid growth. It is a complex region, poorly understood by many outside it,” said Reuters Latin America Editor Dan Flynn. “By accurately seeing through the thicket of government policy and charting the fast-changing political trends, Reuters can provide readers and clients a clearer picture of the opportunities – and the risks.”

Reuters has offered unmatched breaking news, insight and exclusive coverage on investment throughout Latin America. At the 2017 Latin America Investment Summit, Reuters interviewed some of the top policymakers, executives and politicians in the region, including Argentina president Mauricio Macri, Brazil central bank president Ilan Goldfajn and Mexico economy minister Ildefonso Guajardo.  Here’s a selection of other ways in which Reuters has led coverage of the Latin American economy:

Mexico

The advent of the Trump administration has thrown the United States’ trade relationship with Mexico into turmoil.

  • Reuters detailed the growing resistance against a U.S. push for freer NAFTA e-commerce.
  • Reuters was alone with news that North American carmakers wanted rules of origin left untouched in NAFTA.
  • Reuters produced an insightful video on U.S. farmers pushing to avoid a Mexico trade war.

Brazil

Brazil, Latin America’s largest economy, has struggled to avoid being its own worst enemy. High levels of corporate indebtedness and a graft scandal affecting some of its biggest companies prompted a rash of corporate deals in the region’s largest economy.

  • Reuters was first with news that Carrefour’s Brazilian unit had priced its IPO, at the time the largest Brazil had seen in four years, at the bottom end of a suggested range. After the Reuters report and subsequent confirmation of the IPO pricing by the company, Carrefour’s Paris-listed shares slipped 2.5 percent when markets opened the next day.
  • Reuters exclusively reported utility company Neoenergia was seeking an US$11 billion valuation in its dual Brazilian and U.S. IPO.
  • Reuters provided an insightful report on how some investors are betting the worst is yet to come for Brazil’s stock market.

Venezuela

Venezuela’s political crisis has left the country’s crucial oil industry struggling.

  • Reuters was first to report U.S. readying more sanctions against Venezuelan officials linked to President Nicolas Maduro.
  • Reuters reported exclusively that Venezuela was using little-known banks as intermediaries for some international trade operations.
  • In an insightful report, Reuters examined oil tankers sidelined for cleaning as a vivid example of the downward spiral of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A, Venezuela’s state-owned oil and natural gas company. Reuters provided unmatched graphics, including Venezuela’s fortunes rise and fall with the price of oil and PDVSA’s troubles in four charts.

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