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  • China Loan Trumps Rating - WA#50
    China Loan Trumps Rating - WA#50

    December indicators overview

  • The price of Ecuadoran crude rose $2/b in October to $68.2/b. The price markdown from WTI was $2.5/b. Based on the assumed prices for PetroEcuador and the price differential it is to expect that Ecuadoran crudes averaged about $55.8/b in November and would average about $52/b in December. (WA#50)

  • Ecuador is the South American Pacific coast country where paying taxes the most time: 664 hours per year. At a significant distance follow Chile with 296 hours, Peru 260 hours and Colombia 256 hours. (WA#49)

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    On December 12, A $900 mn Chinese loan to Ecuador was announced in Beijing during President Moreno?s visit. The same day, Moody?s degraded Ecuador?s rating outlook to negative. Financial markets would have given more weight to the former than to the latter, and country risk fell. It did not hurt, either, that OPEC+ announced an underwhelming out...


    The government is aware of the challenge of improving competitiveness to boost growth and the generation of well-being. Recently, the authorities announced that they would set up an institutional framework to boost competitiveness. The first concrete measures are related to regulatory improvement and easing paperwork. Additionally, the governmen...


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