RaboResearch - Economic Research

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Bermuda (Country update)

On Bermuda, the (re)insurance and tourism sectors dominate, which means that a slow recovery in the US and Europe weighs on economic growth.

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Argentina (Country report)

In mid-April Argentina’s government grabbed international headlines when it partially nationalized YPF, Argentina’s largest energy company. Meanwhile, Argentina’s economic policy framework is resulting in increasing macroeconomic pressures.

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Trinidad and Tobago (Country report)

Trinidad & Tobago's wealthy economy continues to remain in recession, as technical disruptions hampered oil and gas production and regional demand for non-hydrocarbon exports stayed weak. The government responds with fiscal stimulus.

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Uruguay (Update country report)

Uruguay’s economy has continued to grow quickly, although growth has slowed somewhat recently. The deceleration has been welcome, as the economy was close to overheating. The labour market is still very tight.

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Dominican Republic (Country report)

Economic growth in the Dominican Republic fell from 7.8% in 2010 to 4.1% last year, as the government had to rein in fiscal stimulus under an IMF standby-agreement. No major policy changes are expected.

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Chile (Update country report)

Chile’s economy continued to grow vigorously in 2011, although growth slowed in the course of the year. After large scale protests and strikes, these illustrate that Chile’s social model continues to face challenges.

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Mexico (Country update)

Mexico's economy faced increasing headwinds this year, as economic growth in the US, it's main trading partner, slowed down markedly.

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Country Report Peru

Fuelled by higher commodity prices and improved business and consumer sentiment, Peru has recovered vigorously from the global economic crisis. As a result, the economy is now operating close to full capacity.

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Panama (Country update)

Benefitting from a large-scale public investment program, Panama’s economy will likely withstand the current global economic slowdown and continue to grow solidly. While government finances remain stable, challenges might arise over the medium-term.

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Peru (Country report)

Peru’s presidential elections were won by former left-wing radical Ollanta Humala. However, both the policies and the most key economic decision makers of the new government have a very moderate and pragmatic character.

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Argentina (Country Report)

On 23 October 2011, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner won the presidential elections convincingly with 54% of the votes. Her party also regained the majority in congress which it lost in 2009. This will give Fernández a strong position in the coming years.

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Suriname (Country Report)

In early 2011, Suriname’s government implemented a number of drastic measures, including a currency devaluation and an increase of the fuel tax. The measures are likely to improve the fiscal position of the government, which declined in the run-up to the 2010 elections.

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Panama (Country report)

Benefiting from the expansion of the Panama Canal and a series of large-scale public investment projects, the Panamanian economy emerged from the global economic crisis as the bestperforming Central American economy, posting 7.5% economic growth in 2010.

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Colombia (Country report)

The security situation in Colombia has improved recently on the back of military successes against guerrillas and drug gangs, but the activities of the latter two groups continue to have a sizeable social cost.