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  1. beyondbrics

    August 21, 2014

    Ecuador: Standard & Poor’s raises rating of market's prodigal son

    Everyone loves the biblical story of the prodigal son. On Wednesday that tale received a touch of market realism when...

  2. beyondbrics

    June 27, 2014

    Ecuador: paving the way to indefinite re-election?

    Groundhog day? In February 2013, still aglow after being elected for a third term in a landslide victory, President Rafael...

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  1. New Trade Routes: Pacific Alliance

    In the short space of two years, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru – the founder member...
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  1. beyondbrics

    June 17, 2014

    Ecuador and bond markets: defaulter is back with a $2bn vengeance

    Ignore Argentina’s spiralling debt vortex,global investors’ appetite for higher-risk assets remains hot. On Tuesday,...

  2. June 17, 2014

    Argentina: sovereign debt fine print

    Waivers of immunity in sovereign bond contracts, as a rule, exclude embassies. So, no: bondholders will probably not have a...

  3. April 23, 2014

    Latin rebels turn to pragmatism

    Last year Cristina Fernández, Argentina’s leftist president, swore her country would never devalue. Then, in January, it...

  4. April 15, 2014

    Risk seekers turn to Latin American bonds

    A number of South American countries, some still branded pariahs, are welcoming a renewed appetite for risk as investors...

  5. beyondbrics

    April 7, 2014

    Ecuador bonds: saying adios to China?

    Wasn’t it the case, about five years ago, that Ecuador’s foreign debt was “illegitimate” and its bondholders “real...

  6. April 1, 2014

    Pacific Alliance takes pragmatic approach to integration

    So far this year, it has mostly been bad news from Latin America, as it has from many emerging markets. There have been...

  7. beyondbrics

    February 27, 2014

    Electoral blow sparks changes in Ecuador but Correa still firmly in charge

    A year ago Rafael Correa, Ecuador’s leftwing president, was riding high after winning a third term in a landslide election....

  8. beyondbrics

    January 22, 2014

    Ecuador to bond market: we're back!

    Calling all courageous bond-buyers out there! Ecuador says it is trying to re-enter the bond market, taking advantage of...

  9. beyondbrics

    October 4, 2013

    Ecuador approves oil drilling in the Amazon

    Some say it took millions of years, others say it took seven days, for the Amazon rainforest to be shaped. But it took just...

  10. beyondbrics

    September 23, 2013

    Chevron's Ecuador lawsuit: moving Chevron's way?

    Will Ecuador’s long-running dispute with Chevron sour its relations with Argentina? After all, Argentina’s state-run YPF...

  11. August 16, 2013

    Ecuador admits defeat in plan to keep oil in the ground for a fee

    Ecuador has abandoned its effort to persuade rich countries to pay it not to develop its oil reserves in a protected part of...

  12. July 5, 2013

    Europe falls into imperialist stereotype trap in Bolivian airline drama

    In Latin America it used to be called an “international incident” – the kind of minor diplomatic cock-up that mushrooms into...

  13. July 2, 2013

    Snowden continues search for haven as asylum options narrow

    Edward Snowden’s search for a haven continued on Tuesday as Moscow said he had retracted his application for asylum in...

  14. The A-List

    June 28, 2013

    Ecuador is no haven for homegrown whistleblowers

    Amid all their vicissitudes, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency leaker, can...

  15. The World

    June 24, 2013

    Rafael Correa and Ecuador's larger-than-life leaders

    Rafael Correa (Getty) While no one knows with certainty where Edward Snowden is heading after leaving Hong Kong on Sunday,...

  16. June 24, 2013

    Rafael Correa’s defence of human rights full of contradictions

    Should Edward Snowden successfully find political asylum in Quito, he will find warmer weather than in Moscow, better food...

  17. June 24, 2013

    The big question: Why do whistleblowers go to Ecuador?

    Former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden is fleeing the reach of US authorities and seeking political asylum in...

  18. June 17, 2013

    UK and Ecuador fail to end impasse over Julian Assange

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will remain holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London a little longer after talks...

  19. June 15, 2013

    Ecuador law sparks fears of media curbs

    Ecuador’s Congress on Friday passed a divisive media law that could tighten restrictions on newspapers and television...

  20. beyondbrics

    June 11, 2013

    Ecuador mining: goodbye Kinross, hello China Inc?

    It looked like a great idea on paper: change the law in order to attract more investments into the mining industry and...

  21. June 11, 2013

    Kinross Gold scraps $1.3bn Ecuador project

    Canada’s Kinross Gold Corporation on Monday dealt a blow to Ecuador’s ambitions of attracting more miners, by saying that it...

  22. beyondbrics

    May 22, 2013

    Ecuador: we want more mining

    Ecuador, the smallest of the OPEC members, is working hard to diversify away from a dependence on oil exports. So now the...

  23. 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...

  24. beyondbrics

    March 15, 2013

    [snap]: Ecuador eyes bond issue

    To the list of unusual names that have been tapping the international bond market, investors could soon add this: Ecuador....

  25. beyondbrics

    March 12, 2013

    Ecuador to US: no more investment protection for you!

    After winning re-election last month, Ecuador’s firebrand president, Rafael Correa, vowed to deepen his socialist revolution...

  26. February 22, 2013

    Chávez still suffering from lung infection

    Hugo Chávez’s difficulty in breathing as a result of a lung infection after cancer surgery in Cuba more than two months ago...

  27. February 22, 2013

    Ecuador’s president glows from poll win

    When Rafael Correa, Ecuador’s president, last spoke to the Financial Times in October 2010, he was limping and angry after...

  28. February 18, 2013

    Correa rides socialist wave in Ecuador

    Around the shacks and shanties on the hillsides of Ecuador’s capital, the mood is joyous: “Four more years of Rafael!”,...

  29. beyondbrics

    February 18, 2013

    London headlines

    * Correa claims another term in Ecuador * Sberbank plans action against Volksbank * PM to walk migrant tightrope in India *...

  30. February 17, 2013

    Correa claims another term in Ecuador

    Cries of “we already have a president, we have Rafael!” resounded around the cobblestoned streets of Ecuador’s whitewashed...

  31. February 14, 2013

    Firebrand Correa on road to third term

    High in the Ecuadorean Andes, along a new highway leading to the indigenous village of Zumbahua, a billboard reads:...

  32. beyondbrics

    January 24, 2013

    Ecuador banks: not so happy days

    It is not easy being a bank in Ecuador these days. Not only has the combined profit of the Andean country’s private banks...

  33. beyondbrics

    January 14, 2013

    Ecuador: time to hit the international bond markets?

    Ecuador is on the brink of its biggest budget deficit on record. So there is talk of the Andean country biting the bullet...

  34. beyondbrics

    December 20, 2012

    Ecuador: who needs an economics degree (except the central bank boss...)?

    It seems in every family there are secrets and lies. On Wednesday afternoon, Pedro Delgado, the cousin of Ecuador’s...

  35. beyondbrics

    November 23, 2012

    Ecuador: too small of a fish to fry for vulture funds

    The ballyhoo over a New York court ruling ordering Argentina to pay $1.3bn to holdout creditors, has raised questions over...

  36. beyondbrics

    November 15, 2012

    Ecuador's banks brace for new tax

    Rafael Correa, Ecuador’s president Banks in Ecuador are bracing themselves for a new tax on the sector designed to boost...

  37. beyondbrics

    October 8, 2012

    Ecuador lends Tunisia a hand on debt negotiations

    There was a nice gesture of emerging markets comradeship on Saturday when Ecuador’s President, Rafael Correa, told listeners...

  38. beyondbrics

    October 6, 2012

    Ecuador vs US oil: Quito loses a round

    Ecuador and its state-owned energy groups have gotten the better of a string of US oil companies that sought to profit from...

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