Political turmoil and chronic corruption in Brazil and Mexico; safety in Colombia, Chile and Peru; and monster risks and margins in Venezuela.
Archive of: Mexico
Opinion polls have pointed to radical populist AMLO sweeping to power in 2018, adding risks to businesses, but the political fall-out from the recent earthquakes could scupper his chances.
The surge in nationalist fervour and amplified doubts over NAFTA is a dream-come-true for Andrés Manuel López Obrador, but the presence of an external enemy can lead a populist to morph into a radical.
It’s a pivotal moment for Mexico as a regional governor goes missing amid massive fraud claims just as a drive to implement a package of aggressive anti-corruption reforms gains traction.
Various former Mexican state governors are being investigated for money-laundering and links to organised crime, both in Mexico and in the US.
Public perceptions of the prevalence of security risks in Mexico are improving, but at a slower pace than the underlying trend of a longer-term improvement in the real incidence of crime shown by statistics.
The multi-billion dollar bribery scandal swirling around Petrobras is causing ructions in Brazil, but graft on a similar—or greater—scale relating to oil companies is occurring elsewhere in Latin America.
The Financial Intelligence Unit compiled for prosecution 87 separate dossiers detailing mechanisms that likely attempted to launder a total of MXN59bn, about USD4.4bn, during 2014.