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A place in the sun remains elusive

The economies of Latin America have for differing reasons been severely affected by global economic slowdown. Argentina has to face mounting debt tangles as well as crippling deflation and Brazil faces similar problems. Mexico’s success story looks as if it will pick up again but for the moment has been interrupted by the US slowdown. Remarkably, though, the region’s equity markets have so far ridden out the crisis.

De la Rua (front) and Cavallo

What a difference a year - and a global crisis - make. A year ago Mexico was basking in the warmth of a special relationship with a friendly new US president. There was talk of relaxing controls on Latin Americans entering the US.

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