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Argentina to issue special 100 peso bills to mark death of Eva Duarte

Argentina is preparing to issue a special series of 100-peso bills (worth about $22) bearing the face of Eva Duarte to mark the 60th anniversary of her death, the press reported. Evita, the second wife of three-time President Juan Domingo Peron, died of cancer on July 26, 1952, at age 33. Some 20 million bills will be issued as part of the special series honoring Evit
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Lawmakers in Panama approved plan to create the country’s first sovereign wealth fund

Lawmakers in Panama approved the government’s plan to create the country’s first sovereign wealth fund with revenue from an expanded Panama Canal to help buffer Latin America’s fastest-growing economy in a downturn. Lawmakers voted 41-19 today

Peru sol’s exchange rate gains for first time in two weeks on dollar sales

The Peru sol’s exchange rate gained for the first time in two weeks after the central bank stepped up US dollar sales to meet demand for the US currency spurred ...

Uruguay wants to expand its nascent local sovereign debt market to improve liquidity

Uruguay wants to expand its nascent local sovereign debt market to improve the liquidity of its securities, said Azucena Arbeleche, the head of the government’s debt management unit. Having reached a ...

Venezuela’s economy expanded 5.6 percent in the first three months of 2012

Venezuela’s economy expanded 5.6 percent in the first three months of 2012 compared with the same period a year ago, spurred by the boom in government spending undertaken by President ...

US dollar exchange rate holding firm against major currencies as markets ponder

The US dollar’s exchange rate refused to break above key resistance or below significant support for yet another trading week against the world’s major currencies as financial markets remain as ...

Mexico’s biggest mortgage provider offers fixed rate Mexican peso loans

Mexico’s biggest mortgage provider plans to offer home buyers fixed rate Mexican peso loans for the first time, as the two-decade long inflationary hangover from the country’s Tequila Crisis fades. A ...

Canadian dollar’s exchange rate higher against US dollar on interest rate prospects

The Canadian dollar’s foreign exchange rate appreciated by the most since March against the US dollar as the prospects for higher interest rates attracted buyers. The Canadian currency had its largest ...

Chilean peso exchange rate closes week stronger against US dollar

The Chilean peso’s exchange rate closed stronger against the US dollar Friday on higher international copper prices and a mix of news coming from Germany and the IMF, which boosted ...

Brazilian real’s exchange rate could weaken further against US dollar in 2012

The Brazilian real’s exchange rate could weaken further against the US dollar in 2012 to hit 2 real’s per US dollar for the first time since 2009 as the outlook ...

Jamaica’s BCW Capital announces new Managing Director of investment banking

Charles Chambers has been appointed managing director of investment banking at Jamaica’s BCW Capital, which was founded by Gerald Wight and partners last December, now describes itself as a joint ...

Peru sol foreign exchange rate holds near 15 year US dollar high

The Peru sol’s foreign exchange rate held near a 15 year high against the US dollar as companies bought the currency to pay income taxes and the central bank purchased ...

New Venezuelan bank law may have little effect on ratings – Fitch

A new Venezuelan law requiring banks to devote more of their lending activities to mortgages will have little effect on the sector’s already pressured ratings, according to a report from ...

Uruguay’s central bank keeps interest rate unchanged as peso to dollar rate strengthens

Uruguay’s central bank kept its benchmark interest rate unchanged today as policy makers struggle to rein in inflation without damping economic growth as the Uruguayan peso’s foreign exchange rate continues ...

East Caribbean lessons for Greece in debt restructuring

Like Greece, St Kitts has been locked in an inflexible monetary bloc, the East Caribbean Currency Union, limiting its options in the face a debt-to-gross domestic product of almost 200 ...

Jamaica registers 1 billion dollar debt float in the United States market

Jamaica has registered with the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) its plan to float up to US$1 billion (J$87b) of debt in the United States market to finance its budgetary requirements. The ...

Panama is one of the fastest growing economies in the Americas

Panama is home to the fastest growing economy in the Americas, last year it expanded by 10.6 percent and this year 7 percent is expected, almost overnight Panama City has ...

Uruguay set to be next Latin American country to win Moody’s investment rating

Uruguay is set to be the next Latin American country to win an investment grade rating from Moody’s Investors Service, with a review likely late this year, a senior officer ...

Venezuela’s crude oil reserves make up 25 percent of the world’s total

Venezuela’s certified oil reserves have reached 300 billion barrels, which makes up 25 percent of the total world’s volume, President of Venezuela Hugo Chavez said. “We have recently managed to certify ...

Peru nuevo sol exchange rate rises against US dollar as exporters buy currency

The Peru nuevo sol’s foreign exchange rate rose for the first time in a week against the dollar as exporters bought the currency to pay local income tax, leading the ...

Columbian peso foreign exchange rate weakens against the US dollar

Colombian stocks dropped Monday, pushed lower by a decline in the country’s state-controlled oil firm, while the Columbian peso’s foreign exchange rate weakened slightly against the US dollar. The Colcap index, ...

Break up of Barbados’s troubled BAICO continuing

The transfer of the final and largest part of British American Insurance Company’s (BAICO) Barbados business to another entity is to begin soon, with the entire process completed by yearend. The ...

Japanese yen exchange rate falls to an 11 month low against the US dollar

The Japanese yen’s foreign exchange rate fell to the weakest level against the US dollar in 11 months after Bank of Japan Governor Masaaki Shirakawa indicated the Japanese central bank ...

Mexican peso foreign exchange rate falls on concern over world economy

The Mexican peso’s foreign exchange rate for the first time in four days after slower than forecast Chinese export growth boosted concern about the world economy and the global appetite ...

Chilean peso exchange rate drops against US dollar on falling copper prices

The Chilean peso’s foreign exchange rate ended weaker against the US dollar Monday weighed by the drop in international copper prices and concerns about Chinese demand for the metal. The peso ...

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