Economy & Finance

Economy & Finance

Report says Mexico agribusiness faces challenges

CVBT - Mexico’s economic growth is gradually improving, but sector-specific challenges will continue to affect agribusiness, says a new report from Rabobank, a unit of Rabobank Group of Utrecht, The Netherlands.

http://www.centralvalleybusinesstimes.com/stories/001/?ID=25648

Mexico prepares first drug financing blacklist

CBC - Mexico is preparing to implement new regulations that will allow the government to identify individuals and businesses linked to drug trafficking and ban financial firms from doing business with them.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/mexico-prepares-first-illegal-drug-financing-blacklist-1.2608580

Mexico's inflation rate edges higher in March

EFE - Mexico's consumer price index rose 0.27 percent in March, compared to the previous month, pushing the inflation rate over the past 12 months to 3.76 percent, the National Institute of Statistics and Geography said.

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2014/04/10/mexico-inflation-rate-edges-higher-in-march/

Longer-term bonds rally on growth outlook

Bloomberg - Mexico's longest-dated peso bonds rallied for a third day as policymakers indicated that they’re moving toward reducing growth forecasts, sinking speculation that borrowing costs will increase.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-07/mexico-longer-term-bonds-rally-on-growth-outlook-peso-declines.html

March factory sentiment eases further off 1-year high

Reuters - Mexico's manufacturing sector sentiment declined in March for the second month in a row, a survey showed on Tuesday, but the index still pointed to growth.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/01/mexico-economy-pmi-idUSE1N0IT01Q20140401

Infonavit to seek higher investment yields

Mexico's government-run home financing fund Infonavit, the country's biggest mortgage lender, plans to seek greater returns on its invested assets, starting with the most conservative of the investment strategies used by the country's pension-fund managers.

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304157204579473812725961626

Mexico struggles to break productivity shackles

Financial Times - How to increase output per worker in Mexico has become one of the most urgent challenges facing the government of Enrique Peña Nieto as it implements a host of structural reforms.

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/999ef49e-b5c6-11e3-81cb-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2xdwfClIK

Two economies explain Mexico's productivity quandry

WSJ -Mexico’s biggest hurdle to raising productivity is its large informal economy. But what’s worse, according to a McKinsey study is that the informal economy is gaining on the formal as a provider of jobs while falling even further behind in productivity.

http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/03/27/two-economies-explain-mexicos-productivity-quandary/

Carlos Slim's son slams new telecom rules

Reuters - Carlos Slim Domit, son of Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim and chairman of family-controlled America Movil, has criticized a reform bill seeking to increase competition in the sector dominated by the phone company.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/28/mexico-telecoms-idUSL1N0MP02F20140328

Mexico economy expands in Jan.; services slip

Reuters - Mexico's economy expanded in January as industry grew at its fastest pace in nearly a year, the national statistics agency said on Tuesday, but a slight contraction in the services sector pointed to sluggish growth.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/25/us-mexico-economy-idUSBREA2O13G20140325

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