Articles & Trends
article | October 2013 • John Price
Since 2005, the investment ties between Canada and Latin America have soared, propelled overwhelmingly by the mining and banking industries. However, the dramatic expansion of Canadian presence in the region has largely gone unnoticed by Latin Americans and Canadians alike.
article | October 2013 • Guillaume Corpart
Companies operating in Latin America can gain a competitive advantage with robust market intelligence. However, the value of accurate and insightful Market Intelligence is all the more valuable in Latin America because of data collection challenges typical of less mature markets and specific data analysis challenges unique to the region.
article | September 2013 • Guillaume Corpart
Latin America’s competitive environment has evolved into a dynamic marketplace, fueled by legislative changes, new market entrants and an increasingly sophisticated consumer base. As the market is increasingly more competitive, the need for systematic and timely Market Intelligence is evermore critical.
article | August 2013 • Guillaume Corpart
In order for businesses to capitalize on Latin America’s changing market dynamics, it is essential to be able to quickly discern prosperous opportunities from perilous affairs. Timely market intelligence supports the corporate decision-making process, enabling executives to make quicker, more reliable decisions.
article | July 2013 • Guillaume Corpart, John Price & Natan Rodeguero
Now that Brazil is experiencing high inflation and government overspending, investors are diversifying into Mexico and second-tier markets such as Colombia, Peru and Chile. Where do the prospects lie? What are the risks? AMI collaborated with its global affiliate, GIA, to develop this report on opportunities and risks in the six largest Latin American economies.
article | July 2013 • John Price
Latin America has entered a 30-year demographic sweetspot with fewer children per working adult and few elderly to support. With fewer mouths to feed, clothe and house, working Latin Americans are dramatically raising discretionary spending on cars, electronics, travel and entertainment…
article | June 2013 • Guillame Corpart & David Robillard
Violence in Mexico has been rising for the past 15 years, a result of shifting political power and institutional fragmentation. The mining sector has been at the front lines of security risks and threats throughout the country. Yet there is reason to be optimistic, as the new government promises reform to a broken system.
“A History of Violence” will be featured in the inaugural Mexico edition of Mining Leaders, an in-depth report on the country’s mining industry, to be published in July 2013.
presentation | May 2013 • John Price
Latin America has achieved a level of economic stability and independence that few could have imagined a decade ago. Record low foreign debt levels, manageable fiscal deficits, optimal demographics all point to positive internal factors. A world economy that continues to be dominated by low interest rates and above-average commodity rates will provide further buffers to one of the world’s great middle income markets, the 500 million consumers of Latin America.
Politically, however, the story is not so rosy. While the region’s largest economies have pursued a sober path of fiscal prudence and pro-business policies, there are worrying signs of creeping resource nationalism in several markets. This year, 2013, marks a tectonic shift in many markets, some embracing international investors, others further spurning them. Understanding the changes afoot is vital to accurately forecasting the long term investment climate in each country…
article | May 2013 • John Price
Latin America has achieved great things over the last decade: improved income distribution, less poverty, more home ownership, higher literacy, and a more robust democracy, among them. However, comparing 2011 Transparency International Corruption index metrics with those of a decade earlier reveals a startling trend of increased corruption across much of Latin America, including in markets that might surprise readers.
article | May 2013 • Guillaume Corpart
The reforms announced by Mexico’s new President, Enrique Peña Nieto, against the backdrop of an economic upturn, have very promising implications for business, with clear prospects for a reduction in monopolistic barriers, greater opportunities for more foreign investment, and a raft of measures aimed at boosting the economic growth rate to 5-6% a year.