Summit Notebook

Audio – Mexico’s pension overhaul should benefit markets

March 21, 2007

A proposal to overhaul one of the government’s pension systems was cleared by congressional committees this week in a rare agreement between Mexico’s top political parties. The legislation introduces private retirement accounts for public-sector workers but still needs approval from the Congress lower chamber and Senate.

Audio – Of brick and mortar: Mexico’s housing sector booms

March 20, 2007

From swanky lofts in the capital to modest houses for families all across the country, Mexico’s home building industry had never seen such a bonanza before. Thanks to a government program to spread the reach of mortgages to low-income earners and banks granting 30-year loans for the middle class to buy houses, the building sector is not likely to ease its thriving pace soon.