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  1. FT Alphaville

    September 10, 2014

    Scottish currency union, the unilateral Montenegro option

    Here’s an interesting point from Capital Economics’ Roger Bootle on Tuesday regarding a potential Scottish currency union....

  2. FT Alphaville

    September 4, 2014

    Further reading

    Elsewhere on Thursday, - The dying Russians. Or not. - “There’s no conspiracy. People bought aluminum because they wanted to...

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  1. FT Photo Diary

    September 1, 2014

    Erupting Tungurahua

    Dolores Ochoa/AP The Tungurahua volcano throws ash and stones during an eruption seen from Banos, Ecuador.     ...

  2. 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...

  3. August 19, 2014

    Latin America swaps its populists for apparatchiks

    Latin America, long neglected by Europe and taken for granted by the US, has found a suitor in China. Resource hungry,...

  4. August 18, 2014

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to leave Ecuador embassy ‘soon’

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has confirmed he will “soon” be leaving the Ecuadorean embassy in London, where he has...

  5. FT Alphaville

    July 25, 2014

    How not to introduce official e-money?

    We’ve argued enthusiastically for the introduction of state e-money before. But we overlooked the likelihood that it might...

  6. July 4, 2014

    Erste Group Bank: they’re in forint now

    Google started enforcing a right to be forgotten this week. If you ever use this ability to scrub search results about...

  7. June 28, 2014

    Protecting paradise: The Prince of Wales’s work in the Galápagos

    It was a typical afternoon on the Galápagos Islands when The Prince of Wales last toured the area five years ago: implacably...

  8. 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...

  9. June 19, 2014

    Argentina’s fight with creditors fails to spoil investor appetite

    Argentina stands on the brink of default, engaged in one of the ugliest fights ever witnessed between a country and its...

  10. 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,...

  11. 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...

  12. June 15, 2014

    Ecuador returning to bond market after 2008 default

    Ecuador is set to return to international debt markets as early as this week, offering US-dollar bonds for the first time...

  13. June 11, 2014

    Prospect of Iran’s return poses problem for Opec

    In the days before an Opec meeting the financial press pack descends on Vienna. The media fan out across the city hoping to...

  14. FT Alphaville

    June 9, 2014

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Cardiff has a look at the global recovery for goods. David ponders the post...

  15. May 21, 2014

    Ivory Coast and Ecuador to return to bond markets

    Two frontier countries with a chequered history of debt defaults are returning to sovereign bond markets just five years...

  16. May 7, 2014

    Patton Boggs to pay $15m to settle Chevron pollution case

    Patton Boggs, the leading Washington law and lobbying firm, has agreed to pay $15m to Chevron, the oil group, to settle a...

  17. 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...

  18. FT Photo Diary

    April 10, 2014

    Volcano eruption in Ecuador

    Andres Reyes/AFP Lava spewed by the Tungurahua volcano can be seen from the city of Banos, Ecuador. An orange alert was...

  19. April 9, 2014

    Codelco chief says miner at “inflection point”

    Codelco, the world’s biggest copper miner, is at an “inflection point” after tackling soaring costs and bringing a new mine...

  20. April 8, 2014

    English law cannot stop Scots being sterling squatters

    Alex Salmond, Scotland’s first minister, has stated that if Scotland became independent following September’s referendum,...

  21. 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...

  22. FT Alphaville

    April 4, 2014

    Guest post: The IMF approach to sovereign debt restructuring

    This year’s IMF-World Bank Spring Meeting is likely to include discussion of proposals to change the fund’s policy on...

  23. April 1, 2014

    Santos: Pacific Alliance seek closer political ties

    The Casa de Huéspedes Ilustres, Colombia’s presidential residence on Cartagena’s bay, was abuzz as the evening sun faded...

  24. March 4, 2014

    Chevron wins case over Ecuador pollution

    Chevron has won an important victory in its battle to avoid a $9.5bn damages award for pollution in Ecuador, as a US judge...

  25. beyondbrics

    March 2, 2014

    The week ahead, Mar 3-9

    The week ahead in emerging markets: Ashton in Kiev; China’s NPC kicks off; Pistorius on trial; it’s Carnival! Monday, March...

  26. 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....

  27. February 25, 2014

    Salmond feels the heat over plan to go it alone

    When Ecuador adopted the dollar in 2000 in a desperate bid to restore stability, one economist likened it to a fat woman...

  28. beyondbrics

    February 25, 2014

    Venezuela's social gains are under threat - but from whom?

    When 1m protesting Brazilians took to the streets last year, Dilma Rousseff, the president, sought to defuse their...

  29. FT Photo Diary

    February 4, 2014

    Tungurahua volcano

    Cris Toala Olivares/Reuters The Tungurahua volcano, as seen from the city of Huambalo, Ecuador   ...

  30. 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...

  31. January 19, 2014

    IWC backs Charles Darwin Foundation’s Galápagos conservation work

    The business of expensive watches is largely about brands making handsome profits by selling well-heeled customers things...

  32. beyondbrics

    December 20, 2013

    Ecuador: plenty to offer the high-end traveller

    Casa Gangotena in Quito: The view from your suite With snowy Christmas and New Year holidays at hand, has the luxury...

  33. December 10, 2013

    Foreign start-ups trek to Santiago

    Chile may be one of the world’s most geographically isolated countries, but in the past three years it has created one of...

  34. November 17, 2013

    Chile, Peru and Colombia lead growth in Andes region

    After a year of sluggish returns in “sounder” emerging markets across the globe, many investors have been searching for...

  35. beyondbrics

    October 18, 2013

    Ecuador gets Fitch upgrade - but does it deserve it?

    Like Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder that it is sheltering in its London embassy, Ecuador and the state of its...

  36. beyondbrics

    October 17, 2013

    Argentina: it pays to cozy up to China

    China's VP Li Yuanchao and Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner in May Ask the governments of Ecuador or Venezuela: good relations...

  37. FT Photo Diary

    October 15, 2013

    Protester at the Chevron trial

    Carlo Allegri/Reuters A protester from Ecuador holds up an oil-covered hand outside a court in New York ahead of Chevron...

  38. beyondbrics

    October 7, 2013

    Venezuela's latest economic hope: fingerprint scanners

    Even after its facelift a few years ago, taking off from Maiquetia, Venezuela’s main international airport, is still often a...

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