Economy & Finance

Economy & Finance

Seasonally adjusted jobless rate dips in August

Reuters - Mexico's seasonally adjusted jobless rate fell to 4.78 percent in August, its lowest since February. Latin America's No. 2 economy has stumbled this year amid slack U.S. demand for local exports and a drop in domestic construction.

www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/20/mexico-economy-idUSL3N0HG26V20130920

Mexico hedges oil at highest price on record

Financial Times - Mexico has hedged its oil production for the coming year at the highest price on record, in a striking indication of how stubbornly high oil prices continue to allow producing governments to finance growing budgets.

www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/ec038a60-206b-11e3-9a9a-00144feab7de.html#axzz2fLSItJCl

Fed move increases bets on Mexico rate cut

Reuters - The U.S. Federal Reserve's decision to keep its stimulus unchanged on Wednesday, due to concerns about the health of the U.S. economy, deepened bets that Mexico will further cut interest rates to spur growth.

www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/18/mexico-cenbank-rates-idUSL2N0HE2FL20130918

World Cup no-show would be economic no-no

Bloomberg - Mexico's national soccer team is nearing the abyss of elimination from next year’s World Cup in Brazil. Failure to qualify for the World Cup would reverberate off the field long after the fans’ wailing and jeering had stopped.

www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-13/mexico-world-cup-no-show-would-be-economic-no-no.html

"Aztec tiger" struggles to earn its stripes

Financial Times - When Enrique Peña Nieto assumed the Mexican presidency in December, he seemed to promise a breath of fresh air and unleash an “Aztec tiger”. Ten months later, however, the tiger appears to have run out of puff.

www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/98d9f736-1c81-11e3-a8a3-00144feab7de.html#axzz2f3oxAVE5

Fitch says Mexico reform neutral for credit

Reuters - The Mexican government's recently proposed fiscal reform and the 2014 budget are broadly neutral for its sovereign creditworthiness, according to Fitch. Fitch upgraded Mexico's sovereign ratings by one notch on May 8, 2013.

www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/11/fitch-mexicos-fiscal-reform-neutral-for-idUSFit66954720130911

Senate OKs members of new telecoms regulator

Reuters - Mexico's Senate on Tuesday approved seven nominees to head a new telecommunications regulator created by a sweeping sector overhaul that seeks to boost competition and tame billionaire Carlos Slim.

www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/11/us-mexico-telecoms-idUSBRE98A03L20130911

Beer sales are latest battlefield against monopolies

McClatchy - Dozens of craft brewers are popping up in Mexico. They have less than 1 percent of the market, however, because two behemoths control 98 percent of beer consumed in Mexico, employing tactics that lock out most newcomers.

www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/09/09/201569/in-mexico-beer-sales-are-latest.html#.Ui8aKz9c5L8

Wal-Mex, Chedraui, Bimbo rise on no-tax plan

Bloomberg - Wal-Mart de Mexico posted its biggest advance in two years after President Enrique Pena Nieto avoided proposing taxes on food and medicine in a fiscal bill he sent to Congress. Chedraui and Bimbo also rallied.

www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-09/walmex-gains-with-gruma-as-food-tax-scrapped-mexico-city-mover.html

Mexico's fiscal reform: Will it deliver?

Financial Times - Did Enrique Peña Nieto’s proposed fiscal reform deliver what Mexico needs to boost its woefully low tax take? One way of assessing that is to gauge what the reform aims to provide against the bills that Mexico has to pay.

blogs.ft.com/beyond-brics/2013/09/09/mexicos-fiscal-reform-will-it-deliver/#axzz2eUd0I8h3

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