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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Will Banco de Mexico Follow the Fed in Raising Rates in 2016?

    Since the rate hike by the Fed in December 2015, Banco de Mexico has raised rates three times totaling 125 basis points.

    By David Ashworth
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The Epiphany FFV Latin America Fund Class A (ELAAX): Must-Knows

    The Epiphany FFV Latin America Fund Class A (ELAAX) is offered by Epiphany Funds with Trinity Fiduciary Partners serving as the investment advisor.

    By David Ashworth
  • uploads///Portfolio Composition of LatAm focused Mutual Funds
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Latin America-Focused Mutual Funds: Outlook after September 2015

    The Latin America-focused mutual funds that have a lion’s share of their assets invested in companies from Mexico did better than those invested in Brazil.

    By David Ashworth
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Mexican Markets Are Rolling with Trump’s Anti-Trade Rhetoric

    Markets seem to have overcome Trump’s anti-trade rhetoric by this point in 2017, given the lost confidence in Trump’s ability to implement his promises.

    By Mary Sadler
  • Basic Materials

    Business overview: The cement industry

    Cement is classified into various categories based on its composition and specific end uses. Cement is classified as either portland, blended, or specialty cement. Investors can access the cement industry through the Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (VWO).

    By Armando Pabon
  • Basic Materials

    Must-know: Cement’s final manufacturing process

    The blend is heated in a rotary kiln. Gas, oil, or pulverized coal are used to ignite the flame at one end of the kiln. The clinker from the kiln passes into a cooler, where convective airflow cools the clinker for subsequent handling and grinding.

    By Armando Pabon
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Mexican Peso’s Fortunes Are Linked to the US Dollar

    The Mexican peso and US dollar are interconnected. Due to bullish forecasts in the US dollar, there are high expectations for the Mexican peso in 2016.

    By David Meyer
  • uploads///Credit Rating Breakdown SPHIX
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Illiquidity Won’t Influence SPHIX Immediately

    SPHIX isn’t under the threat of illiquidity immediately. Given its N-Q filing, even if liquidity dried up more, it wouldn’t be in trouble.

    By David Ashworth
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Mexican Peso Fell despite Positive Domestic Data

    The Mexican peso fell against the US dollar on December 21, 2015. It fell even though October’s retail sales were close to the consensus forecasts.

    By David Meyer
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The BlackRock Latin America Inv A (MDLTX): Must-Knows

    The BlackRock Latin America Fund – A (MDLTX) is offered by BlackRock. The fund seeks long-term growth of capital by investing “primarily in Latin American equity and debt securities.”

    By David Ashworth
  • uploads///BlackRock Latin America Fund A
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Top Stocks Hurt the BlackRock Latin America Inv A (MDLTX) in August 2015

    The BlackRock Latin America Fund – A (MDLTX) fell 9.2% in August 2015 from a month ago—putting its performance in the middle of a pack of eight funds in this review.

    By David Ashworth
  • Basic Materials

    Must-know: Factors that influence the cement industry

    The cement industry is highly affected by regulatory norms. This is prominent in developed countries where environmental issues are more stringent. This adds to the companies’ costs.

    By Armando Pabon
  • Basic Materials

    Must-know: Cement industry drivers and indicators

    An increased focus on infrastructure development increases cement demand. This effect is prominent in emerging economies. A substantial portion of this demand comes from infrastructure projects. The projects are funded by the government.

    By Armando Pabon
  • Basic Materials

    Must-know: The cost elements of cement

    The cement industry relies on power. Power and fuel costs account for ~30% of the price of cement when it’s sold. As a result, power and fuel have a major impact on the company’s operating expenditure.

    By Armando Pabon
  • Basic Materials

    Must-know: Cement preparation

    The company takes a sample of the limestone at various levels in the form of steps. The steps are called benches. The benches determine the quality assurance. Since quality varies, the bench compares it with the standard that’s required. This is called limestone benching.

    By Armando Pabon
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