Brazil deficit adds to Rousseff’s woes

Poor budget figures underline big challenges facing president

Five takeaways from slower US growth

Weak overseas demand is weighing on the economic recovery

Five things to watch for as the Fed meets

FOMC prepares for possible rate rise

US trade chief says Pacific deal close

Froman steps up push for fast-track negotiating authority

Venezuela in bind over default dilemma

Maduro needs access to financial markets and to end shortages

Brazil minister warns of austerity

Reform of unemployment benefits possible

Venezuela’s Maduro announces reform push

Forex system to be revamped while fuel subsidies may be axed

Venezuela collapse owes debt to China

We know neither the terms of the Beijing loans nor the uses of the money, writes Ricardo Hausmann

Oil price hits Venezuelan petro-diplomacy

Caracas reconsiders controversial oil subsidy deals

South America seeks new economic model

End of commodities boom opens dangerous trade and financing gaps

Violent bus fare protests rock São Paulo

Sign that Rousseff’s austerity campaign face opposition

Rousseff honeymoon wavers

Brazil president’s transformation matched by tests she faces, say critics

China’s courtship of Latin America tested

Falling commodity prices strain Beijing’s love affair with region

Public finances: A world of debt

The global crisis left many economies heavily indebted. But there are ways policy makers can repair the damage

West loses intellectual self-confidence

Faith in three props of post-cold war world - markets, democracy and US power - has faltered

A push needed on multilateral co-operation

On trade, climate and arms control, 2015 will see fresh opportunities

A year in a word: Inequality

An old problem given new exposure by an improbable academic blockbuster, writes Alan Beattie

Colombia braced for effects of oil’s fall

Finance minister confident despite potential impact on public finances

Euphoria hits Cuba amid doubts on detente

Easing of US ties could spark a boom but large-scale emigration is a risk

Investors eye gains from US-Cuba detente

Easing of trade rules could benefit cruise operators and airlines