from MacroScope:

Jobs at risk as Latin America’s downturn deepens

November 5, 2015

Laid-off outsourced worker, who was contracted to work for Petrobras, wears a mask of former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva during a protest against recent layoffs, in front of the Petrobras headquarter in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Millions of Latin Americans risk losing their jobs as a consequence of the region's economic downturn. Job losses are already piling up in Brazil, mired in its worst recession in generations, and look increasingly likely in other countries, according to a research report by UBS.

from MacroScope:

Commodity sell-off adds pressure on unpopular Latin American leaders

July 8, 2015

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff (C) and Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto (2nd R) surrounded by security arrive for the family photo of the VII Summit of the Americas in Panama City

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff is fighting for political survival less than a year after being re-elected. Several reasons have been pointed exhaustively to explain how things got so bad in such a short period of time: chief among them are the burgeoning corruption scandal at state-run Petrobras and stubbornly high inflation, out of sync with the rest of the world.

from Breakingviews:

Guest view: Hard to spell Colombia without o-i-l

By Guest Contributor
January 15, 2015

By Ilan Goldfajn and João Pedro Bumachar

The authors are guest columnists for Reuters Breakingviews. The opinions expressed are their own.

from MacroScope:

El Niño may not give Brazil much to worry about on food prices

May 27, 2014

File photo of loaded soybean truck for BRAZIL SOY.

Now that Brazilian food prices are finally settling down, it looks like El Niño will strike back in a couple of months to throw the world's weather into disarray.

from The Human Impact:

Votes for cash, beer and bricks in Colombia’s upcoming elections

March 6, 2014

In Colombia, it’s easy to tell when election season is in full swing.

Potholes are suddenly filled with cement, stretches of roads are paved and local officials rush to inaugurate often unfinished public buildings. It's one way to show that public funds have been well spent under their watch as a way of helping the political party they represent to do well at the polls.

from MacroScope:

For workers, the long run has arrived in Latin America

August 19, 2013

The outlook for emerging market economies over the next decade looks more challenging as long-term interest rates start to bottom out in the United States. Here is another complicating factor: ageing populations.

from Photographers' Blog:

On safari with my mentor

By Jose Miguel Gomez
February 4, 2013

Hato La Aurora nature reserve, Colombia

By Jose Miguel Gomez

I've been a photographer for over 20 years, but this was to be my first bird-watching safari so I took along a 70-300mm lens, thinking it would be enough. We also expected to do lots of hiking in heat, and it’s the lightest of my long lenses.

from Global Investing:

Emerging Policy-Doves reign

January 28, 2013

Rate cuts are still coming thick and fast in emerging markets -- in some cases because of falling inflation and in others to deter the gush of speculative international capital.

from Breakingviews:

Review: Latin America needs more Uribes

January 18, 2013

By Raul Gallegos
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Global Investing:

Emerging Policy-More interest rate cuts

December 17, 2012

A big week for central bank meetings looms and the doves are likely to be in full flight.