The Worldview Guide to Investing in Peru

08/03/2011

Peru (Part II): Currency and Equities

Part I of Worldview’s Peru coverage discussed Peru’s recent macroeconomic history and political economy, noting that Peru has been an impressive economic story that has stayed largely under the media radar. The recent election of Ollanta Humala, a candidate with a history on the far left of the political spectrum has cast the future performance of the economy into question, even if—as part of his runoff campaign—he has promised to govern the company from center-left policies rather than the far-left of Peru’s political spectrum and his base coalition. This piece examines the performance of Peru’s currency and equity markets and considers the attractiveness of the asset markets going forward.

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07/20/2011

Peru: Inca Gold Still Powers a People

While its neighbors Brazil and Chile capture much of the world’s attention, Peru has quietly grown into a star performer among emerging markets. Whether this continues as its newly elected leftist president Ollanta Humala takes the helm remains to be seen, but preliminary signs are hopeful, even if growth becomes more muted than in the recent past.

Peru has been known as a commodity exporter for much of its history, and this has been both a blessing and a curse. Properly managed, Peru’s resource wealth presents great opportunities, but countries whose economies are based on extractive industries tend to be wealth concentrators. The profits from concentrating industries are not always reinvested optimally and can become the enabler of corruption networks. Peru has struggled with this dynamic through much of the last century and even before, at times rising above it, and at other times becoming overwhelmed. Its most recent track record has been positive, however, and there are reasons to hope that it will continue.

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