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ARGENTINA: Massive Potential, Bad Politics

ARGENTINA: Massive Potential, Bad Politics

May 03, 2013 at 15:50 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Argentina has one of the largest gas and oil deposits in the world, but politics makes this a conundrum for foreign investors. Political mismanagement, especially on the part…

PARAGUAY: Cartes Election Victory Good for Business

PARAGUAY: Cartes Election Victory Good for Business

Apr 26, 2013 at 12:59 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: The victory of Colorado Party candidate Horacio Cartes in Paraguay’s presidential elections on 21 April sets the stage for a strengthening of the oil and gas industry and…

Colombian Insurgencies Continue to Target Foreign Energy, Mining Companies

Colombian Insurgencies Continue to Target Foreign Energy, Mining Companies

Apr 19, 2013 at 19:05 | John Daly

Nowhere else in the world is the disparity between rich and poor so extreme as in Latin America.Beginning in the late 1950s with the triumph of Fidel Castro’s…

Foreign Oil & Gas Companies Look to Status Quo in Venezuela

Foreign Oil & Gas Companies Look to Status Quo in Venezuela

Apr 15, 2013 at 17:03 | Jen Alic

Now that Nicolas Maduro—the late Hugo Chavez’s choice for successor—has narrowly won Sunday’s presidential elections in Venezuela, oil and gas investors can expect a perpetuation of the status quo.

Maduro May Open Oil Doors, But For Who?

Maduro May Open Oil Doors, But For Who?

Apr 15, 2013 at 16:55 | Daniel J. Graeber

The apparent victory for Nicolos Maduro in the Venezuelan presidential election may give the United States a sense of hope for improved ties with the Latin American oil giant. His…

Peru and Colombia: Two Opportunities Devoid of Resource Nationalism

Peru and Colombia: Two Opportunities Devoid of Resource Nationalism

Mar 15, 2013 at 15:05 | Editorial Dept

While resource nationalism initiatives have scared away investors in Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador and Venezuela, Peru and Colombia are two Latin America venues that offer relatively hassle-free investment and have plenty…

FALKLAND ISLANDS: The Real Threat—Disappointing Drilling

FALKLAND ISLANDS: The Real Threat—Disappointing Drilling

Mar 15, 2013 at 14:22 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: As 99.8% of Falkland Islanders vote ‘yes’ in a referendum to remain a self-governing British overseas territory, Argentina rejects the referendum as meaningless. The rhetoric is likely to…

The True Legacy of Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez

The True Legacy of Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez

Mar 06, 2013 at 13:48 | John Daly

Venezuela’s President, Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías, succumbed to cancer on 5 March. Vice President Nicolás Maduro announced on state television that Chávez died in Caracas at 4:25 p.m. local time,…

COLOMBIA: Oil Production Up, but FARC Still Targeting Infrastructure

COLOMBIA: Oil Production Up, but FARC Still Targeting Infrastructure

Mar 01, 2013 at 09:32 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Colombia’s oil production is up to an average of 1.01 billion barrels per day as of January 2013—the first time it’s surpassed the targeted 1 billion barrel mark.…

INVESTOR WARNING: Bolivia Nationalizes Airport Management Company

INVESTOR WARNING: Bolivia Nationalizes Airport Management Company

Feb 22, 2013 at 13:13 | Editorial Dept

Bottom line: Evo Morales’ expropriation of Servicios de Aeropuertos Bolivianos SA (SABSA)--a subsidiary of the Spanish businesses Abertis and Aena--is another warning for foreign investors in Bolivia. SABSA managed the…


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