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Brazil Boosts Capital Access

Chile and Panama are best for capital access for entrepreneurs, while Haiti and Paraguay are the worst.


Capital access for entrepreneurs has improved strongly in Brazil, Latin Americas largest economy, while it worsened in Mexico, the regions second-largest economy, according to the latest Capital Access Index from the Milken Institute.

Brazil now ranks fourth in Latin America, an improvement of three places compared to last year, according to a Latin Business Chronicle analysis. Internationally, it ranks 51st among 122 nations, an improvement of five places.

"Brazil moved up five places to claim the 51st spot, thanks to improvements in financial and banking institutions and international funding," the Milken Institute said.

Meanwhile, Mexico ended up third in Latin America, a drop from its previous second place, while falling internationally as well. "Mexico, all of whose component scores fell except for in the area of international funding, dropped nine places to 44th in the overall rankings," Milken says.

The index, which ranks countries around the world in terms of their ability to support entrepreneurial activity by providing access to capital, looks at seven key factors:

  • Macroeconomic environment,
  • Institutional environment
  • Financial and banking institutions,
  • The development of the equity markets,
  • The development of the bond markets
  • Alternative capital sources (such as venture capital, credit cards and private placements—all of which are increasingly important in emerging markets) and
  • International funding.

Chile remains the best place in Latin America in terms of capital access, while Haiti is the worst.

But Chiles score...

Keywords: Latin American Capital Access Ranking, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Haiti, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Venezuela



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