Archive for the ‘Bolivia’ Category

Bolivia’s Economy Rises From Instability

Via the New York Times, an interesting look at Bolivia: A large market in El Alto, a working-class city in Bolivia. From colorful mansions to a proliferation of bakeries, there are signs that many have extra cash to spend. Meridith Kohut for The New York Times Argentina’s currency has plunged, setting off global worries about […]

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Bolivia’s Descent Into Rogue State Status

Via the Wall Street Journal, interesting commentary on Bolivia: In the years after a brutal 10-year Soviet occupation, Afghanistan became a petri dish in which a culture of organized crime, radical politics and religious fundamentalism festered—and where Osama bin Laden set up operations. Now something similar may be happening in Bolivia. The government is an […]

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Hot Money Heads To Bolivia

Via Foreign Policy Association, an interesting article on Bolivia: Were I looking to invest in sovereign fixed income, say to pay for a house or travel one day, Bolivia is probably not the first place I would look. However, as of last fall, many institutional money managers disagree with me. Last October, the Bolivian government […]

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Gazprom’s South American Deals

Via The Moscow Times, a report that Gazprom was among eight companies that signed deals to develop offshore gas fields with state-owned Petroleos de Venezuela.  As the article notes: “…The deals included U.S.-based Chevron, Italy’s Eni, Portugal’s GALP Energia, Qatar Petroleum, Malaysia’s Petronas, Argentina’s Enarsa and Japanese companies Mitsui, Mitsubishi and Itochu, in a sign […]

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Argentina and Bolivia’s Northeast Argentine Pipeline; A Feeble Attempt to Balance Brazil’s Growing Might

Stratfor (subscription required) recently reported that Argentine and Bolivian leaders kicked off the $1.8 billion Northeast Argentine Pipeline (GNEA) project in Buenos Aires on Jan. 25.  While this has important ramifications for the South American hydrocarbon picture, Stratfor insightfully notes that this is just another harbinger that the geopolitical structure of South America is changing:  […]

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Gazprom’s Interest in Bolivia

The Financial Times recently reported that Gazprom is considering a $2bn gas investment in production capacity in Bolivia which has vast gas reserves, second only to Venezuela in Latin America. As the article notes: “…An official from the Bolivian hydrocarbons ministry confirmed the Gazprom deal with YPFB (Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales Bolivianos), the Bolivian state energy […]

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