The Superintendency of Banks has taken over administrative and operational control of FPB BANK, after it was linked to the corruption case in Brazil known as "Lava Jato" ('Operation Car Wash' in English).
From a statement issued by the Superintendent of Banks:
Due to liquidity problems the Stock Exchange has suspended indefinitely trading of negotiable commercial shares by the company ChequeEfectivo S.A.
From a statement issued by the Stock Exchange:
We wish to inform the public that, in response to paragraph 6302 of our Rules of Procedure, the Stock Exchange of Panama, S.A. decided to suspend, as of February 1, 2017, and indefinitely, negotiation of all Series of Negotiable Commercial securities by CHEQUEFECTIVO, S.A.
In the first auction only large investors may take part and from the second semester issues will be made for short terms and low amounts, aimed at small investors.
Using the online platform State debt securities can be bought by local investors, through brokers approved by the stock exchange.The regulations published in the official newspaper La Gaceta establish how the auctions will be conducted, and the settlement and interest payments.
The business sector is against making retroactive consultations on mining and energy projects as they are already under development and is demanding regulation of the implementation of the ILO Convention 169 in order to protect investments.
The bureaucratic procedures and permits required by the Cuban government and some restrictions on the establishment of companies could represent obstacles for foreign businessmen interested in investing on the island.
Although in Cuba there exists sectors such as telecommunications and construction, which have high growth potential due to a backlog in investment, those who are knowledgeable about the real situation in Cuban say that it will be difficult to take advantage of these opportunities, at least for now.That is the perception of the former ambassador of Costa Rica in Cuba, Rodrigo Carreras, who in an interview with the newspaper Nacion.com, detailed the conditions of the economy of the island and the difficulties that could be faced by entrepreneurs interested in doing business there.
Trading volume last year reached $1.526 billion, 30% more than what was traded in 2015.
The repo market accounted for most of the volume traded in the stock market in 2016, with an increase over 2015 of 33%.The volume traded in these instruments was 382 million, while in 2015 $289 million was traded.
The Ministry of Finance will be attempting to raise funds in the international and local market in order to improve the public debt profile.
The endorsement by the Congress will allow the Ministry of Finance to extend the term and reduce the cost of part of the public debt.The amount authorized amounts to $891 million and the Ministry of Finance plans to use the local and international markets to renegotiate.
The "Trump effect", added to the upward pressure caused by inflation in US interest rates, explains the upward trend in the performance of Costa Rican bonds and the fall in their price.
A resumption of the upward trend seen in debt securities traded on the international market could make it difficult for the government access external financing, in a context in which most bonds from emerging market countries are experiencing the same situation.If the government decides to resort to financing in the international market, the cost of doing so would be higher if bond yields continue to rise.
With the disappearance of the differential between the interest generated on the two currencies, the choice between one or the other for using for savings is being defined by the risk of devaluation of the colon against the dollar.
An article in Elfinancierocr.com reports how the fall of the passive base rate during 2016 decreased the gap between interest rates paid on deposits in both currencies, concluding that "...If the trend continues, for savers it will be the same keeping their money in colones or in dollars and they may prefer the currency in light of the possibility of rates rising overseas."
Issuances registered between January and September 2016 exceed 60% of the total issuances registered throughout 2015, and projections are that the year will close with $7 billion traded in the local market.
The scandal generated from the leaked information about the firm Mossack Fonseca, "Panama Papers", and the questions about the lack of financial transparency that arose afterwards, do not seem to have affected the attractiveness of the stock market for providing finance to companies through the issuance of securities.
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