Texas Gov. Abbott to Visit Mexico to Mend Fences, Talk Trade Amid Strained Ties

8/25/2015 The Dallas Morning News

Greg_Abbott_by_Gage_SkidmoreGov. Greg Abbott is expected to visit Mexico City on Labor Day weekend, his first trip abroad as governor, and will lead a delegation of Texans eager to move forward amid turbulent times between once-solid neighbors, The Dallas Morning News has learned.

The agenda is still being fleshed out for the first trip to Mexico by a Texas governor since 2007, but people familiar with the matter say the visit is aimed at mending fences and underscoring the economic, cultural and political integration between Texas and its southern neighbor, an important trading partner.

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Oil’s latest casualty: Mexico

8/20/15 CNBC World Economy

energy - oil barrels“Another disappointing year” looms for Mexico, with growth hit by the rout in the oil price and falling crude production, amid concerns as to the impact of the upcoming U.S. Federal Reserve interest rate hike.

The country will post its second quarter gross domestic product (GDP) figure later on Thursday and will be closely watched especially after the Mexican central bank lowered its growth forecast for 2015 for a fourth time last week, to between 1.7 percent and 2.5 percent.

The oil rout has hurt Mexico, whose top export is crude petroleum. Light crude hit a six-and-a-half-year-low on Thursday of $40.21 and a dip below $40 seems possible for the first time since 2009.

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Nissan In Mexico: Japanese Automaker Exports 5 Millionth Car From Its Mexican Manufacturing Base

8/18/2015 International Business Times

To give you a sense of just how fast Mexico is becoming a major automotive manufacturing hub, consider this: For its first three decades of sending its Mexican-made cars abroad, Nissan exported roughly 33,000 cars and trucks every year. But since 2002, that number has topped 307,000 units annually, a nearly tenfold average annual increase.

On Monday, Nissan announced that a red NP300 pickup truck became its 5 millionth Mexican-made export since the Japanese automaker began sending its vehicles from Mexico to the United States in 1972. That’s up from 4 million in 2013, which means the export pace has accelerated to about a half-million cars annually in the past two years.

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Mexico and Colombia join ‘fragile five’ emerging markets

8/13/2015 Financial Times

120px-Philippine-stock-market-boardColombia and Mexico are now members of the “fragile five” group of emerging market nations, replacing India and Brazil, according to analysis by JPMorgan Asset Management.

The Latin American duo, alongside Turkey, South Africa and Indonesia, are seen as the countries most overdependent on potentially skittish foreign investment flows.

The original “fragile five” were worst hit during the taper tantrum of 2013, when foreign investors fled emerging markets. The vulnerability of four of the five (South Africa, Turkey, India and Indonesia, but not Brazil) had been identified by JPMAM before the sell off.

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Mexico’s businesses are on the edge of a debt crisis

08/11/15 Business Insider

Pesos by Flickr user AleiexIn the emerging markets, private-sector debt has become a doozie: In 2014, EM non-financial corporate debt reached a record high of 83% of GDP, up from 67% in 2009. The problem is that part of this debt is denominated in a foreign currency.

Between 2015 and 2017, some $645 billion of non-financial corporate debt will mature in emerging markets, with USD-denominated bonds accounting for around $108 billion, warns the Institute of International Finance. And with non-performing loans already rising while the dollar strengthens, some EM banks, particularly those that have increased their foreign-currency lending, could face serious challenges.

Mexico licensing auction: Too little, too late?

07/15/15 Energy Voice

Oil Rig 2 by Flickr user tsuda Photo by Flickr user tsudaMexico may have missed the mark in opening up its energy market to foreign investors as the oil price decline continues to hit, according to a leading expert.

Derek Leith, UK head of oil and gas taxation at EY, said the fall in oil price may be a deciding factor in the historic auction for 14 licenses in the South American country.

Mexico is rebounding from a decade long decline in oil production, with analysts estimating a loss of a million barrels of oil per day.

Now Mexico is looking to US, European and Asian energy firms to bid for 14 blocks in shallow waters in the Gulf region, worth an estimated $17billion.

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EVENT TOMORROW! Inequality in Mexico

social classWHEN: TOMORROW, July 7, 9:00-11:00am

WHERE: 5th Floor Conference Room, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, DC

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Mexico’s economic inequality has inhibited the country’s economic growth and slowed the potential of its social and human capital. And extreme inequality has worsened over the last 20 years, with economic elites capturing most of the benefits of growth. The political and economic implications are huge.

Oxfam Mexico recently issued a study on Mexico’s inequality and its policy implications, and the study’s findings will be presented and discussed at this forum on July 7, 9-11am. The study was authored by Gerardo Esquivel, professor and researcher at the Center for Economic Studies in the Colegio de Mexico.

Speakers

Ricardo Fuentes-Nieva
Executive Director, Oxfam Mexico

Marjorie Wood
Senior Associate, Institute for Policy Studies and Managing Editor, Inequality.org

Moderator

Duncan Wood
Director, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center

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