• Thursday, May 25 2017
    Venezuela:

    - During a televised press conference, the top Public Prosecutor Luisa Ortega Diaz addressed several events regarding the wave of protests in Venezuela. In detail, the prosecutor denounced the possession of arms by the population despite the current ban by the Ministry of Interior, the performance of state security forces and military trials of civilians. One of the statements with greatest impact referred to the cause of death of a young opposition demonstrator product of a metal projectile fired by an official of the Bolivarian

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  • Wednesday, May 24 2017
    Venezuela

    - Finance Minister Ramon Lobo and the Executive Board of the Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV in Spanish) announced the start of operations of the new FX system DICOM. The system will work through two weekly auctions (the first one will take place tomorrow) and a bands’ system where the FX rate will fluctuate – the starting rate has not been announced yet. The official rate will be the lowest offered by those who are adjudicated, but a “contingent” auction will take place in case that such rate exceeds the upper band establis

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  • Tuesday, May 23 2017
    Venezuela:

    - For today, the new FX scheme, DICOM, is set to begin operations, and yesterday the Minister of Foreign Trade and International Investment, Jesus Faria, assured that the main goal is to reduce the impact of the parallel dollar and to increase the assignment of currency for business. It is expected that today further details of the mechanism will be disclosed from the facilities of the Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV for its words in Spanish), so stay tuned for more.

    Argentina:

    - The US Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, told the Senate yesterday that regulators would review Rosneft’s stake of Citgo Petroleum Corp., this as concerns have emerged over possible control from the Russian company in case that PDVSA fails to make payments on the bonds guaranteed by Citgo’s collateral. Senators raised their concerns – regarding Rosneft’s “control of a major US energy supplier” – on what they consider a national security matter to Mnuchin, who heads the Committee on Foreign Investment in the Unite

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  • Venezuela Weekly Report

    BCV’s Financing to PDVSA Going Through the Roof

    May 12 2017 BancTrust & Co. Research Team

    The Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV in Spanish) published its balance sheet for March where the hard currency availability shows an important growth considering the same structure we previously used for calculating January’s, standing at USD1.1bn at 31 March, which makes sense given the increase in oil prices that increased the value of oil imports importantly. Nevertheless, the performance of one particular item caught our attention and we decided to dig deeper in order to discover why it has been growing rapidly. Read more

  • Argentina Weekly Report

    Inflation and Fiscal Deficit: On Top of the Agenda

    May 12 2017 BancTrust & Co. Research & Strategy Team

    This week, Argentina hosted its Third LatinFinance Financial Summit, an event that gathers government executives as well as businessmen and economists. The event held panels for several topics, from global context and real economy to infrastructure and local financial markets. Read more

  • Quantitative Reports

    EM Quantitative Chartbook Weekly Report

    July 17 2015 Research & Strategy Team

    Below we produce the Par Equivalent CDS spread metrics in order to assess the credit relative value and identify the bonds that are cheap or expensive relative to what we describe as a theoretical fair value curve. Graphs and tables below show results of these calculations for Venezuela, PDVSA, Ukraine, Russia, Argentina, Panama, Turkey, Ecuador, Mexico and Brazil. Read more

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    May 10 2017

    Venezuela: – Yesterday took place the first meeting summoned by the Presidential Commission for the Constituent with some Read more