Ecuador Flash Notes

All Set for a Runoff Election

March 1, 2017BancTrust & Co. Research Team
Ukraine Flash Notes

Amid Positive News and Legal Threats

January 25, 2017BancTrust & Co. Research Team

Expectations on Ukraine are getting bigger this year, since harder times seem to have passed. The first positive result of the year shows us that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) in 2016 remained in line with the National Bank of

Venezuela Flash Notes

Venezuela Places a New Dollar Bond

January 9, 2017BancTrust & Co. Research Team

Earlier today, a government official reported the issuance of USD5bn by the Republic, in dollar-denominated bonds. The transaction was a private placement for the Central Bank and state-owned bank Banco de Venezuela. This issuance would be the first made by

Argentina Flash Notes

Economic Cabinet Shake-up

December 26, 2016BancTrust & Co. Research Team

The government Cabinet Chief Marcos Peña announced in a press conference today the resignation of Alfonso Prat-Gay as Treasury & Finance Minister, alleging differences within the economic team and its functioning. Thus, early rumors were confirmed, pointing also to important

Ukraine Flash Notes

2017: An Opportunity for Further Improvement

December 23, 2016BancTrust & Co. Research Team

During 2016, the Ukrainian economy has demonstrated some advance, and the latest results hint towards positive perspectives. According to the State Statistic Service of Ukraine, GDP increased 2% y-o-y and 0.5% q-o-q in 3Q16 while accumulating a 1.2% YTD increase.

  • Wednesday, July 19 2017
    Venezuela

    -The National Assembly (AN in Spanish) approved the final reports on the popular consultation of 16 July and the candidates for magistrates of the Supreme Court (TSJ in Spanish). The latter is part of the process of one of the main items of the current agenda of “zero hour” established by the opposition party Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD in Spanish), as the legislators expect to exercise their constitutional ability to name – on Friday 21 July – new magistrates and thus actively repudiate the current Supreme Court and i

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  • Tuesday, July 18 2017
    Venezuela

    - Following the results of the public consultation election on Sunday, the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD in Spanish) called for a 24-hour national strike on Thursday in protest against the National Constituent Assembly (ANC in Spanish) proposed by the administration of Nicolas Maduro. Furthermore, Freddy Guevara, deputy President of the Congress, said they expect to name the new magistrates of the Supreme Court on Friday. We can anticipate this move will not be acknowledge by both the government and the Supreme Court, but will u

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  • Thursday, July 13 2017
    Venezuela

    - S&P Global Ratings, following its Tuesday action of downgrading Venezuela’s rating, yesterday decided also to downgrade the corporate credit of Corporacion Electrica Nacional, better known as CORPOELEC (former ELECAR). The action resulted in a downgrade from “CCC” to “CCC -“while also maintaining the negative outlook. In detail, the rating agency argued that they are taking this action against the corporate as a result of the sovereign’s downgrade, as it reflects that this is a “government-related entity” (GRE

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  • Wednesday, July 12 2017
    Venezuela

    - A US appeals court blocked Exxon Mobil Corp from enforcing a USD1.6bn award against Venezuela for an asset seizure back in 2007. The court ruled that the judge made a mistake in excusing Exxon from complying with procedural requirements to enforce the October 2014 ruling. In this way, the court supported Venezuela’s point that Exxon should have tried to enforce the award under the federal Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA), instead of streamlined procedures. All-in, Exxon's petition was dismissed without prejudice, meaning

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