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Pan Kwan Yuk

Pan Kwan Yuk is a reporter on Fast FT, based in New York. She was previously Emerging Markets reporter on beyondbrics. She joined the FT in 2004 and has worked as UK reporter, US markets reporter, Paris correspondent, and companies reporter covering the leisure industry. She speaks Cantonese Chinese and French and is learning Mandarin.

By Pan Kwan Yuk and Andres Schipani

Colombia on Tuesday became the latest country to tap the market’s ferocious demand for emerging market debt after it successfully sold $2bn of 30-year bonds abroad. Read more

Brazil’s economic growth continues to disappoint.

After data in December showed Brazil’s economy shrank in the third quarter of last year for the first time since 2009, the central bank’s IBC-Br index, a monthly proxy for gross domestic product, on Friday showed economic activity fell 0.3 per cent in November from a month earlier. Read more

There is no relief in sight for the Argentine peso, which on Friday continued its dizzying descent against the dollar in the black market.

The peso fell another 1.9 per cent to hit a new record low of 11.63 pesos per dollar in the black market, according to Argentine daily La Nacion. Read more

Pity the poor Mexican peso. Despite the view in the market that Latin America’s second biggest economy is set to outperform its emerging market peers in 2014, the currency has been taking it to the chin since the start of the year. Read more

Global bond sales from emerging markets have defied all odds to hit a record high in 2013.

Despite the market turmoil caused this summer by concerns over the US Federal Reserve’s plans to scale back its monetary stimulus programme, EM bond issuance jumped to $506bn last year, surpassing the record $488bn in 2012, according to data from Dealogic. Read more

The Brazilian economy may be slowing but that isn’t deterring foreign investors from piling in.

The voracious appetite to invest in Latin America’s largest economy was underscored by the success of Brazil’s airport auction on FridayRead more

More signs that taper jitters have returned for emerging markets investors.

In a fascinating new survey released by Société Générale on Thursday, the bank found that while short-term appetite for EM assets are at their highest level year-to-date, investors are proving reluctant to invest. Read more

"I'm outta here!"

Guillermo Moreno (pictured), Argentina’s combative internal trade secretary, has resigned, the government said late on Tuesday.

A controversial figure, Moreno has been instrumental in keeping the lid on Argentina’s runaway inflation by strong-arming companies into freezing prices and restricting imports. Read more

Michelle Bachelet (pictured) is well on her way to returning to the Chilean presidency after winning 46.7 per cent of the votes in the first round of the country’s presidential elections on Sunday.

But while the 62-year old former pediatrician is expected to win the second round run-off on December 15 by a comfortable margin, she is also set to inherit an economy that is much less robust than the one she presided over during with her previous stint in 2006-2010. Read more

Move over BRIC, here comes…MINT?!

Jim O’Neill, the former Goldman Sachs economist who coined and popularised the BRIC concept as an investment thesis, caused quite a stir this week when he talked up the prospects of the “MINT” economies. Read more

Roll up, roll up, come get your Venezuelan bonds.

That appears to be the message from Venezuelan oil minister Rafael Ramirez, who said on Tuesday that state-owned oil company PDVSA will sell $4.5bn in bonds this weekRead more

New inflation data are out in Venezuela and they don’t make for a pretty reading.

Prices rose 5.1 per cent in October, the second highest monthly increase in over three years, according to the the Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV). Read more

Who loves China? Vale certainly does

The rebound seen in the Chinese economy during the third quarter has provided a much needed boost to Vale’s bottom-line.

Following a disastrous Q2, the Brazilian miner said on Wednesday that profits for the three months to the end of September have more than doubled thanks to stronger demand from China, higher commodity prices and a recovery in the Brazilian real. Read more

Emerging market stocks are feeling the love again.

Investors who have led the summer stampede out of EM equities are slowly making their way back into once-battered markets like India, Indonesia and South Africa – lured by cheaper asset prices, the delay in Fed tapering and signs of improving EM growth fundamentals.

The MSCI Emerging Markets Index, having plunged by as much as 16.7 per cent between the first week of May and the end of June, has recovered nearly all its losses from this summer. Read more

Mirror, mirror on the wall, which of the big four emerging markets would be the first to lose its investment grade status?

Quite possibly Brazil, according to Bruno Rovai and Marcelo Salomon over at Barclays. Read more