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Honduras / Economy

While there are only a few weeks left before Honduras's general election, we believe that the hotly-contested presidential race remains too close to call, as the top two candidates are polling within the margin of error and the percentage of undecided voters remains significant. In addition, with polling data suggesting such a close race, we believe that the legislative election... 2013-10-09


Honduras / Economy

While there are only a few weeks left before Honduras's general election, we believe that the hotly-contested presidential race remains too close to call, as the top two candidates... 2013-10-09


Costa Rica / Economy

Recently released data shows that Costa Rica's current account deficit came in at US$0.5bn in Q113 on the back of substantial trade and income account shortfalls. Indeed, in line with... 2013-07-01


Country Risk Rating

Costa Rica

Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla appointed Carlos Roverssi as the country's new communications minister in mid-June. The position was vacant following the resignation of former... 2013-07-01


Panama

Panama's opposition Partido Revolucionario Democrático held primaries on June 2 to determine its candidate for the mayor of Panama City - the second most important race in... 2013-06-28


Honduras

Xiomara Castro, third party presidential candidate and wife of deposed former president Manuel Zelaya, has recently begun to outline her campaign strategy ahead of the November presidential... 2013-06-28


Guatemala

The trial of Efraín Ríos Montt, Guatemala's president from 1982 to 1983, will re-start in April 2014. A three-judge tribunal had convicted Ríos Montt... 2013-06-28

Economy

Costa Rica

Recently released data shows that Costa Rica's current account deficit came in at US$0.5bn in Q113 on the back of substantial trade and income account shortfalls. Indeed, in line with... 2013-07-01


El Salvador

After El Salvador posted growth of 1.4% year-on-year in Q114, we maintain our forecast for real GDP growth of 1.8% in 2013, implying only a modest acceleration in coming months. The... 2013-07-01


Nicaragua

In line with our expectations, the Nicaraguan economy slowed noticeably in the first quarter of 2013, posting growth of 3.6% year-on-year (y-o-y), down from the 5.2% annual growth recorded... 2013-07-01


Guatemala

After Guatemala's posted only 0.2% year-on-year (y-o-y) growth in March, the economic activity indicator rebounded sharply in April, recording a 5.5% y-o-y expansion. However, we believe... 2013-06-28

Political Risk

Honduras

While there are only a few weeks left before Honduras's general election, we believe that the hotly-contested presidential race remains too close to call, as the top two candidates... 2013-10-09


Honduras

While there are only a few weeks left before Honduras's general election, we believe that the hotly-contested presidential race remains too close to call, as the top two candidates... 2013-10-09


Costa Rica

The most recent scandal affecting Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla's administration underscores our long-held view that she is likely to remain highly unpopular in the coming... 2013-05-17


Panama

Despite opposition legislators' stringent resistance to recent amendments to Panama's electoral code, the changes are unlikely to have a substantial effect on the overall outcome of... 2013-05-01

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