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    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 further...

  2. 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?...

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  1. beyondbrics

    September 12, 2014

    Guest post: why Venezuela should not default

    By Francisco Rodríguez of Bank of America Merrill Lynch In a provocative article published last week by Project Syndicate...

  2. September 11, 2014

    Spectre of default looms over Venezuela despite oil reserves

    Venezuela is struggling to meet its international bond payments, raising the spectre of an Argentine-style default despite...

  3. beyondbrics

    September 10, 2014

    Venezuela inflation: hitting shoppers harder and harder

    Sometimes it’s hard to worry about Venezuela’s bondholders even as the possibility is raised of default. After all, the...

  4. September 8, 2014

    Venezuela defaults on its citizens, but not its bonds

    When Argentina’s Senate recently passed a “price fixing law” to curb inflation following its sovereign debt default, the...

  5. FT Alphaville

    September 8, 2014

    Further reading

    Elsewhere on Monday, - Unconventional monetary policy versus fiscal policy. - The Amazon model, redux. - Gavyn Davies: The...

  6. beyondbrics

    September 3, 2014

    Maduro's "reshuffle" and Venezuela's adjustment

    On Tuesday night, halfway through announcing what he had trailed earlier would be a major cabinet re-shuffle, Nicolás Maduro...

  7. 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...

  8. The A-List

    September 3, 2014

    The contested ties between asset prices and QE

    The development of economies can to some extent be predicted. For example, when an economy has recently been growing at a...

  9. 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....

  10. beyondbrics

    August 26, 2014

    Venezuela's latest ruse to tackle shortages: fingerprint scanners in supermarkets

    For more than 50 years, citizens of Communist Cuba have been assured access to basic foodstuffs by the libreta, or ration...

  11. 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,...

  12. FT Tech Hub

    August 13, 2014

    Mannequins that talk to your smartphone - oh, and model clothes, too

    Venezuela might have the mannequins with the world’s biggest breasts, but Britain now has the most tech-savvy models gracing...

  13. August 7, 2014

    Cargill fourth-quarter profits fall 12% to cap challenging year

    Cargill has reported a 12 per cent decline in fourth-quarter profits after the commodities trader was forced to book a loss...

  14. August 1, 2014

    Modi’s move to thwart WTO deal causes confusion

    As a means to trim the bureaucratic impediments to global commerce, the World Trade Organisation’s laboriously-negotiated...

  15. July 30, 2014

    US visa ban on Venezuela officials

    The US announced on Wednesday it is imposing travel restrictions on some Venezuelan government officials it accused of human...

  16. July 29, 2014

    Business presses India to drop objections to trade deal

    Business groups have called on India to drop its objections to an international deal to ease the flow of goods through...

  17. beyondbrics

    July 24, 2014

    Venezuela's "Chinese Stew" may be hard to digest

    There has been an outpouring of bitter comments under the hashtag #GuisoChino – “Chinese Stew”, slang for fraud and...

  18. July 24, 2014

    Ford overcomes sales dip to boost profits

    Ford overcame a dip in global car sales volumes and a writedown in the value of a Russian joint venture to announce...

  19. July 14, 2014

    Reform drive puts strain on Chávez legacy

    A red graffito of the late Hugo Chávez is sprayed on walls around the Venezuelan capital and nearby towns. Its legend is an...

  20. July 13, 2014

    Radical Geometry: Modern Art of South America, Royal Academy, London – review

    Not only New York but other large port cities of the eastern seaboard of the Americas – Montevideo, São Paulo, Buenos Aires...

  21. June 26, 2014

    A brand new weapon for Colombia’s coffee police

    Coffee from beans handpicked on hilly, mineral-rich terrain in Colombia is known for its deep, smooth taste. It commands a...

  22. FT Photo Diary

    June 25, 2014

    Cocktails for Nicolas Maduro

    Ramon Espinosa/AP A protester throws a molotov cocktail at Bolivarian National Police during a protest against the...

  23. June 24, 2014

    Venezuela confronts volatile fuel dilemma

    Oscar Velasco, a Caracas bus driver from the Carpinteros slum, still remembers the shock rise in gasoline prices 25 years...

  24. June 23, 2014

    Franca, Caracas

    Where: Los Palos Grandes WiFi: Yes Plug sockets: No Espresso: Bs35, or $5.55 (at the official exchange rate, but with...

  25. June 15, 2014

    Venezuela signals relaxation of foreign exchange regime

    Venezuela’s oil minister has signalled further relaxation of the country’s complex foreign exchange rate system, saying its...

  26. beyondbrics

    June 13, 2014

    Venezuela: no hay

    As your correspondent found out while visiting Caracas this week, it can be hard to take a shower there these days because...

  27. June 13, 2014

    Polo players regroup in Venezuela after decline under Chávez

    Staring into the lush hills overlooking Caracas, Jorge Ruiz del Vizo remembers what happened five years ago. The socialist...

  28. beyondbrics

    June 13, 2014

    Guest post: Mercosur and the Pacific Alliance - do opposites attract?

    By Samuel George of the Bertelsmann Foundation When the presidents of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru meet on June 19 and...

  29. beyondbrics

    June 12, 2014

    Game over for Latin America?

    Expectations can be a terrible burden. Take the World Cup. No European football team has ever won the tournament on Latin...

  30. beyondbrics

    June 10, 2014

    Farewell to Taliban at Venezuela’s central bank

    Should one laugh or cry over Venezuela? The answer is: it depends on who you are, and when. Usually, it is investors and...

  31. beyondbrics

    June 9, 2014

    New York morning espresso

    ** FT News ** * Taliban claims Karachi airport attack | The Pakistan military retakes Karachi airport but only after 29...

  32. June 8, 2014

    Venezuela gives US foreign policy makers a headache

    Perhaps it is because of years of mutual disregard that Latin America is rarely a US foreign policy priority. There always...

  33. May 30, 2014

    Populist whose love life led Venezuela astray

    At his presidential inauguration, Jaime Lusinchi anticipated the solitude of high office with the ominous words: “Don’t let...

  34. The World

    May 28, 2014

    Boost for global food security

    By Scheherazade Daneshkhu Some good news for a change. Food security - the availability and affordability of food – has got...

  35. beyondbrics

    May 20, 2014

    Airlines grounded in Venezuelan malaise

    Ticket offices may soon be pushing down their blinds at Maiquetia, the international airport outside Caracas, as civil...

  36. May 15, 2014

    Venezuela is Latin America’s trust-fund kid

    For many outsiders, and many insiders too, Venezuela is maddeningly hard to understand. For some, it has been a socialist...

  37. 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...

  38. beyondbrics

    May 13, 2014

    Fund Watch: investing as the Washington consensus wobbles

    How do you invest in emerging markets (EM) at a time when the wheels appear to be coming off the “Washington consensus” in...

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