Martin Hutchinson covers emerging markets and economic policy, drawing on 25 years of experience as an international merchant banker. He ran derivatives platforms for two European banks, before serving as director of a Spanish venture capital company, advisor to the Korean conglomerate Sunkyong and chairman of a US modular building company. In Zagreb he established the Croatian debt capital markets and set up the corporate finance operations of Privredna Banka Zagreb. Since 2000 he has been a financial journalist, and is the author of "Great Conservatives," a book on British political history. He has a first class Honours degree in Mathematics from Trinity College, Cambridge and a Harvard MBA.
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President Dilma Rousseff was a red-diaper baby rebelling against a free-market junta. Her rival, the impoverished Marina Silva, rejected the environmental damage of an inept democracy. Their varied origins today may define their approaches to state intervention and markets.
President Ollanta Humala abruptly replaced his finance minister amid an economic slowdown. Commodities prices, overspending, the currency and foreign investment are not obvious problems. The political shake-up may buy enough time till Humala’s pragmatic policies start to work.
Grupo Aval wants to raise $1.1 bln on the NYSE. It earns better returns than most U.S. banks and operates in Latin America’s fastest-growing economy. But dual-class shares give its founder near-total control. And the lender’s using the proceeds to boost capital, sapping earnings.
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- Great Recession has spawned weak economic thinking
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