Daily Archives: Nov 22, 2012

Just how merry a lot of Venezuelans will be this Christmas depends to some degree on how many dollars the government decides to make available.

But with currency controls in place since 2003, it is becoming increasingly clear that the government is not terribly inclined to dish out too many dollars just now – only on Thursday the central bank president was forced to declare on national television that one of the official mechanisms for obtaining dollars was not in fact “paralysed”. Read more

Argentina’s reaction to Thomas Griesa’s New York court ruling was probably enough to make the octogenarian judge choke on his Thanksgiving turkey.

It was expected that Argentina would promise to fight – but what is surely guaranteed to make the judge’s blood boil was the offended tone Argentina struck. Read more

For Poland, hosting this year’s European football championships was always much more about cash than sporting glory – and the country’s incompetent national side, which exited the tournament with no wins – showed that was a sensible approach.

Just how sensible has been spelled out by PL.2012, the official tournament organiser, and Jakub Borowski, an economist who prepared a report on the financial outcome of the event, showing that Poland earned more than expected from tourists and gained a long-term economic boost from building infrastructure for the tournament. Read more

News that Turkey’s Privatisation Authority has postponed the deadline for final bids in the sale of the 1,120 MW Hamitabat power plant from November to January 14 has come as little surprise.

The deadline has already been postponed once, from October 15 and the tender itself is the second attempt to sell the plant, the first having been postponed earlier this year after eliciting only a single bid. Read more

As beyondbrics reported on Wednesday, Ryanair is to cut ten of its routes into Budapest. The low-cost airline will also reduce frequencies on nine of its remaining 20 routes into the Hungarian capital from January 10, 2013, chief executive Michael O’Leary confirmed on Thursday in Budapest, blaming rising fees imposed by Budapest Airport and the Hungarian Civil Aviation Authority. Read more

Independent and small-scale oil companies like to be quick on their feet, beating the energy giants time and again in the exploration race. But in some of Africa’s more promising energy areas, regulatory hurdles and resource nationalism are starting to hold things up. Read more

Dubai has been back for some time. The trade, tourism and transport that are the foundations of its economy have been thriving for a couple of years, bringing an air of optimism back to the city after its 2009 debt crisis.

But now, some fear, the old hubris is back, too. Read more

In a widely anticipated decision, South Africa’s Reserve Bank has held its policy interest rate at 5 per cent.

Bank Governor Gill Marcus said the outlook for growth had “deteriorated, while the upside risks to inflation have increased.” Read more

Strong sales in emerging markets have propped up SAB Miller’s profits – again – despite the slowdown in the global economy and unfavourable foreign exchange and input costs.

The question is how long will it last? Read more

* Argentina told to pay hedge funds $1.3bn

* Sony and Panasonic given junk ratings

* Rothschild backed by Friedland on Bumi Read more

A hundred years ago if a country was reluctant to pay its debts, gunboats might have steamed to its shores. Since then sovereign immunity has reigned but the latest development in a legal argument over Argentina’s 2001 defaulted debt could shift the balance toward creditors. Whitney Debevoise, former US executive director of the World Bank, explains to capital markets correspondent Robin Wigglesworth the implications of the US court case on sovereign debt markets.

As Americans tuck into their Thanksgiving dinners, Chinese internet users are also sending messages of gratitude online.

Thanksgiving was listed on Thursday as the hottest search word on Sina Weibo, the Chinese microblogging platform, which garnered over 22m posts under a theme to encourage bloggers to say “Xie Xie”. Read more

Thursday’s picks from the BB team: the private sector drives Russia’s “innovation economy”; Israel cannot bludgeon the Palestinians into submission; and China’s exit from recession has reinforced imbalances. Plus: the new Turkish-Russian nuclear plant as a model for safe energy; interest in Africa’s consumer market; and US-Mexico convergence in incomes. Read more

By Ben Simpfendorfer of Silk Road Associates

The Chinese coastal city of Wenzhou is notoriously clannish – especially so since the collapse of the city’s shadow banks. Once a symbol of its boisterous private sector, the number of shadow banks has fallen from a peak of 450 in 2007 to less than 50 today. Read more

Argentina will have to pay $1.3bn to hedge funds that refused to restructure their debts after the country’s 2001 default when it makes regular payments to its restructured bondholders in December, a US court has ordered.

The ruling, made late on Wednesday in New York, raises the possibility that Argentina will default once more, and if upheld represents a major chink in the armour of sovereign immunity against creditors that has largely reigned in international law for almost a century.

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How goes the health of the world’s most lucrative cricket tournament? Bubbly, at least if Pepsi’s decision to spend $72m to become the Indian Premier League’s “title” sponsor for the next five years is any indication. Read more

* Asian stocks advance as China flash PMI points to rebound

* China stamps passports with sea claims

* Brazil gold reserves hit 11-year high

* China crackdown targets executives’ perks Read more

China’s flash PMI – released on Thursday by HSBC – marked a small, but key moment in China’s recent economic narrative. For the first time in over a year, the gauge showed expansion in the manufacturing sector with a reading of 50.4.

It follows promising October data for trade, retail sales and investment. China’s official PMI already showed expansion in the sector last month. Read more