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  1. beyondbrics

    September 19, 2014

    Venezuela: CDS climb while breast implants fade

    No devaluation here One could say that a clear sign that Venezuela – a country where beauty enhancements are a serious issue...

  2. beyondbrics

    September 17, 2014

    S&P: Venezuela has 50:50 odds of default

    By Eric Platt and Andres Schipani Another lurch lower for Venezuela: the country’s sovereign credit rating was cut deeper...

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  1. The New Colombia 2013

    Policy reforms, improved security and a commodities boom have lead to Colombia’s emerg...
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  1. September 15, 2014

    Venezuela: Whose default is it?

    Did you hear the one about the Harvard professor, the Bolivarian revolution and how to spot a looming sovereign default?...

  2. September 3, 2014

    Venezuela reshuffle dashes hopes of a change of direction

    Hopes that Venezuela would take a more pragmatic turn were dashed in a cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday night in which oil and...

  3. beyondbrics

    August 28, 2014

    Is Venezuela finally ready to sell Citgo?

    A long-proposed sale of Citgo, the US subsidiary of Venezuela’s state oil company PDVSA, is once again making some waves....

  4. beyondbrics

    May 14, 2014

    Venezuela: Another round of PDVSA’s bonds

    Venezuela’s state-run oil giant, PDVSA, is calling on bold bond-buyers in the financial sector – and traders say they have...

  5. February 21, 2014

    Oil at the heart of Venezuela’s turmoil

    At least six people have died in Venezuela’s street protests, with further clashes likely during marches planned this...

  6. beyondbrics

    January 22, 2014

    Venezuela: new forex system or stealth devaluation?

    Amid a heavily distorted economy battling a spiralling black market rate for greenbacks, Venezuela on Wednesday finally...

  7. January 16, 2014

    Venezuela’s Maduro bolsters currency amid devaluation talk

    Venezuela’s socialist president Nicolás Maduro on Wednesday shrugged off speculation that the bolivar was to be devalued by...

  8. November 26, 2013

    Nervous oil traders fixated on Venezuela risk

    After a year of huge and unforeseen disruptions to oil supplies from Libya to Nigeria, optimism is growing that 2014 will be...

  9. beyondbrics

    November 13, 2013

    PDVSA eyes $4.5bn bond sale - but who will buy?

    Roll up, roll up, come get your Venezuelan bonds. That appears to be the message from Venezuelan oil minister Rafael...

  10. beyondbrics

    October 21, 2013

    Putting the brakes on Venezuela's motor racers

    Even the IndyCar Series now appears to have been hit by Venezuela’s currency jousts, another example of the country’s...

  11. beyondbrics

    October 8, 2013

    Venezuela gets new economy head as government veers between pragmatism and radicalism

    Cheer or cry? That’s the question some will be asking after Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro removed his pragmatic finance...

  12. beyondbrics

    October 2, 2013

    Another oil major pulls out of Venezuela

    The revolving door at Venezuela’s oil sector continued to spin on Wednesday after Lukoil, Russia’s second largest oil...

  13. beyondbrics

    September 30, 2013

    Andean oil: Pacific Rubiales snaps up Petrominerales

    Canada-based Pacific Rubiales Energy, Colombia’s leading independent oil company, which is ranked amongst the world’s...

  14. beyondbrics

    September 17, 2013

    Venezuela to get new FX system (again)

    Venezuela’s economy is in such disarray that there is now a whopping 660 per cent difference between the official exchange...

  15. September 10, 2013

    Petronas pulls out of Venezuela heavy oil project Carabobo-1

    Petronas, the Malaysian state-owned oil company, is withdrawing from a multibillion-dollar oil project in Venezuela, in a...

  16. beyondbrics

    July 27, 2013

    The Weekender, July 27

    The week in emerging markets, with: our most read stories, five things we have learned, our favourite long reads, image of...

  17. beyondbrics

    July 25, 2013

    Pacific Rubiales has faith in Colombia

    What do you do if you are a prized oil technician in one of Opec’s leading producers and your nation’s president tells you...

  18. June 13, 2013

    Venezuela fills void left by Iranian oil export sanctions

    All is fair in love and war. And for Venezuela and Iran, it seems the adage applies to oil too. Caracas, a close ally of...

  19. June 3, 2013

    Colombia’s oil producers surge ahead

    Some commentators compared it to Stalin’s purges. It was 2006 and Venezuela’s then-president, Hugo Chávez, said employees of...

  20. beyondbrics

    May 24, 2013

    Sechin: putting Chávez on the map

    When Russia’s Communist party called for a Moscow street to be named after Hugo Chávez in March, the city authorities...

  21. beyondbrics

    April 24, 2013

    Ecuador punts its oil bidding round but China may be only taker

    Ecuador is licensing a chunk of the Amazon. After touring Asia, Europe and North America, the Andean country’s government...

  22. beyondbrics

    April 11, 2013

    Maduro: change at PDVSA, and a chance for foreign oil companies?

    If anyone wants Nicolás Maduro to win Venezuela’s presidential elections this Sunday, it is PDVSA, the state oil company –...

  23. The World

    April 11, 2013

    Venezuela: six challenges for Chávez's successor

    (JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images) On April 14, Venezuelans will choose a president for the second time in less than a year....

  24. beyondbrics

    March 25, 2013

    PDVSA: oil prices up, profits down

    Whoever Hugo Chávez’s successor is, he will inherit the state oil company, known as PDVSA, in less than optimal conditions....

  25. beyondbrics

    March 8, 2013

    After Chávez, will China still be financing chavismo?

    The death of Hugo Chávez this week has deprived Venezuela of a controversial and charismatic leader and left it with a...

  26. March 6, 2013

    Venezuela oil sector limited by obligations

    With the largest oil reserves in the world, Venezuela has long been one of the biggest draws in the oil industry. That was...

  27. March 6, 2013

    Oil in Venezuela: reset needed

    PDVSA spent the past 15 years as the gift that kept on giving. The death of Hugo Chávez offers an opportunity for...

  28. beyondbrics

    March 6, 2013

    Further reading: after Chavez

    Wednesday’s picks from the beyondbrics team; why Chavismo is unlikely to die with Chavez; Ophir bets that Tanzania can be...

  29. beyondbrics

    March 6, 2013

    Chavez's death and Big Oil

    So Hugo Chávez is dead. Now what? It’s still early days. But one thing to keep an eye on is what Big Oil’s reactions could...

  30. Nick Butler

    March 5, 2013

    Venezuela and the oil market after Chávez

    The death of Hugo Chávez and the prospect of a regime change in Venezuela will cause no more than a momentary blip in the...

  31. beyondbrics

    February 14, 2013

    Citgo: warming America's homes and hearts

    No sooner did Venezuela’s government spring a devaluation last week than critics seized on the move as an IMF-style...

  32. beyondbrics

    February 11, 2013

    Venezuelan dollar bonds: rally time

    For all the moaning in Venezuela about last Friday’s devaluation (which the most cynical critics were saying was absolutely...

  33. beyondbrics

    January 30, 2013

    Venezuela: the Russians are back

    (L) Igor Ivanovich Sechin, CEO of Rosneft and (R) Rafael Ramirez, Venezuela’s energy minister The Russians are back in...

  34. beyondbrics

    January 29, 2013

    Venezuela: freeing up more dollars

    Venezuelans are waiting anxiously for some kind of economic adjustment, which some have interpreted to mean there may be a...

  35. beyondbrics

    January 25, 2013

    Venezuela's petro-amigos: hedging their bets on Chavez

    It is well known that Hugo Chávez is the one that takes the all big decisions in Venezuela, and quite a lot of the smaller...

  36. beyondbrics

    January 19, 2013

    The weekender, January 19

    A roundup of the week’s events on beyondbrics, featuring the most-read posts, five things we have learned and the week in a...

  37. beyondbrics

    January 16, 2013

    Venezuela: minting new (Chinese) billionaires

    Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA’s ubiquitous propaganda constantly trumpets the fact that it now belongs to “everyone”,...

  38. beyondbrics

    January 8, 2013

    Tensions mount as Venezuela counts down to swear in

    As D-Day approaches (or I-Day – “I” for the “inauguration” of Hugo Chávez’s next presidential term, which looks increasingly...

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