Which markets offer the best prospects and safest havens for investment in Latin America this year? Where are there opportunities – and where should investors shy away from?
LBC provides this information with its annual Business Index, taking a comprehensive look at 18 Latin American economies, and assigning them a score based on their performance in a number of categories. These include GDP growth and inflation for the past two years, and forecasts for the next two years; a measure of their global competitiveness and ease of doing business; their level of political stability and corruption; and their ranking in a number of other LBC indices, including the Security Index, Entrepreneur Index, Labor Index, Globalization Index, and Infrastructure Index.
Our research offers an inside view into the region’s economies, taking a holistic look of all the factors that make a country a good investment bet or not.
This year’s index shows positive signs. Even while delivering slower growth than a decade ago, Latin America remains an attractive place for investment. Growth rates will be more modest this year, but still strong in economies like Panama, Peru, Bolivia, and Paraguay. With the exception of a few economies, inflation is more or less under control. Countries have taken steps to open their economies and make doing business easier, and political stability can now mostly be taken for granted.