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Emerging & Frontier Markets

Latin America: Back on Track

Good news from Latin America: With Brazil and Argentina coming out of the 2015-2016 recession, the region has returned to expansion mode and is expected to gain economic strength this year and next. The return of capital inflows and an apparent change in foreign direct investment (FDI) are the most evident signs that investors’ views of South and Central America have tilted more to the positive of late. The region is back on track.


Latin America Back On Track

A nascent global recovery is improving prospects across Latin America and the Caribbean—albeit unevenly.Foreign direct investment is increasing, commodity prices have bottomed out, and six countries will hold presidential elections through the end of October.

Emerging & Frontier Markets


Frontier Markets Report | Costa Rica Costa Rica has a long history of actively and successfully seeking outside investment. However, the country is dealing with high unemployment and an uncertain fiscal outlook, given that the government plans to ramp up spending on social programs, which could raise the debt level.

Capital Raising & Corporate Finance


In our 21st annual survey, Global Finance identifies the best banks in 150 countries and eight regions. The winners are not always the biggest banks, but rather, the best—those with the qualities that corporations should look for when choosing a bank.



While Latin American banks continued to expand their client base and footprints, the sector still faced important challenges.

Economics, Policy & Regulation

Cover: Emerging Markets Elections

By Laurence Neville Thirty-four developing countriesincluding all of the so-called Fragile Five nationswill have elections this year. Their results will...
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Costa Rica

Browse additional economic indicators and data sets, selected by Global Finance editors, to learn more about Costa Rica economic outlook, debt to GDP ratio, international trade performance and population trends. Rankings of Costa Rica best banks and safest banks are also available.


World’s Best Foreign Exchange Providers

ANNUAL SURVEY — STABILITY AMID CHANGE By Gordon Platt A global investigation into trading irregularities has not hampered growth or innovation in one of the world’s largest and most volatile markets—foreign exchange. The $5.3 trillion-a-day foreign exchange ...


World’s Best Foreign Exchange Providers 2013

<em style="font-size: 14px; text-align: justify;">Global Finance<span style="font-size: 14px; text-align: justify;">magazine has named the World’s Best Foreign ExchangeProviders 2014.</span>

Emerging & Frontier Markets

M&A: Brazil, Latin America In Slump

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS By Gordon Platt Fears that the Federal Reserve would cut back on its bond-buying program, as well as the collapse of Brazilian billionaire Eike Batista’s commodities empire, triggered a sharp decline in mergers and acquisitions ...