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Renewables: The answer is blowin’ in the wind

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The prevalence of fossil fuels in the production of electricity is being challenged by the rapid expansion of renewable sources such as wind and solar. Around the world, wind energy capacity has increased fivefold since 2007, reaching 487GW in 2016

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An Index of Regulatory Practices for Financial Inclusion in Latin America

Document Number 17/15

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The index assesses and compares the quality of regulations that influence financial inclusion in 8 Latin American countries. It defines three categories of regulatory practices: the enablers, which determine the overall quality of the financial environment; the promoters, which deal with specific market frictions; and the preventers which create distortions and barriers.

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Uruguay Economic Outlook. First Half 2017

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Uruguay returns to growth, 1.9% in 2017 and 3% in 2018, with a strong impulse from investment. The fiscal balance is improving, although at a slower rate than expected. Inflation will remain outside the target range, reaching 8% in 2017 and 7.9% in 2018. The Fx rate will end 2017 at $31.1, avoiding a deterioration in competitiveness vis a vis its main regional partners

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Uruguay Economic Outlook. Second Half 2016

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Uruguay will grow by just 0.5% in 2016, but expectations for 2017 are improving thanks to a positive contribution from external demand. Inflation is starting to ease thanks to reduced pressures from the exchange rate and from demand, but will once again exceed the target range.

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Financial Inclusion in Uruguay

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An overall view. Uruguay step by step. Regulation for financial inclusion.

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Uruguay: Digital Context

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Uruguay is in a leading position in terms of digital content compared to other countries in the region, as shown in the 2015 Structural Digitization Index developed by BBVA Research. In this regard, Uruguay’s digital scenario is close to that of developed countries like Luxembourg, Ireland and Belgium, among others.

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Uruguay Economic Outlook First Half 2016

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Growth in GDP will be sluggish in 2016 (0.7%), marked by the stagnation in private consumption. GDP will increase 1.5% in 2017. The dollar will see out the year at $ 35.2 per unit, and will reach $37.1 at the end of the next year. Inflation: 9.2% in 2016 and 8.7% in 2017: inflation inertia will be constrained by real wages

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Uruguay Economic Outlook Second Half 2015

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Internal demand is contracting more rapidly than expected, driven by declining confidence indicators and a weaker labour market. A five-year budget with a fiscal adjustment which looks unambitious in the context of an optimistic macro scenario. Inflation will reach 9.2% in 2015 and 8.5% in 2016. The government is changing its strategy to undo wage indexation

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LatAm | Has exchange rate pass-through to prices increased in Latin America?

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After the later inflation surprise to the upside in South America, we estimate the degree of pass-through of the exchange rate to prices for each country of the region. In general, there is no strong evidence that it has increased significantly over the past year, but that it has been the sheer scale of depreciation which has driven inflation in Latin America.

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Latin America Economic Outlook. Second quarter 2015

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LatAm growth will remain low in 2015 and will slowly pick up in 2016, though still below the region’s potential level. Unevenness will continue in the region, with Brazil in recession and the Pacific Alliance growing at around 3%.

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Uruguay Economic Outlook First half 2015

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Uruguay has uncoupled from Mercosur and will grow at 2.6% in 2015 and 3.0% in 2016, in spite of the weaker stimulus from domestic demand

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Presentation "Latin America Economic Outlook. Second quarter 2015″

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We are revising LatAm growth downwards to 0.6% in 2015 and 2.1% in 2016. The weakness of confidence is hampering domestic demand, but regional growth will rise in 2016, spurred by a concerted public investment effort in the Andean countries and greater world growth. The Pacific Alliance will continue to grow at above the regional average.

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Extending access to the formal financial system: the banking correspondent business model

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New ways of understanding banking, technological improvements, and regulation yield new means of interaction between customers and banks through outsourcing agreements. This paper provides the first harmonised database with information on the number of banking correspondents by country, which helps in measuring access to the formal financial system.

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Presentation "Latin America Economic Outlook. First quarter 2015"

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World growth will continue to move upwards, albeit slowly and very unevenly. The fall in oil prices is positive for the world economy, but it has varying effects.Volatility in the region’s financial markets will continue. The Fed rate hikes will have a negative effect on capital flows into the region, which adds to lower commodity export prices.

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Latin America Economic Outlook. First quarter 2015

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Growth in LatAm will nudge upwards, albeit slowly, held back by lower commodity prices. Activity in the region should rise from 0.8% in 2014 to 1.5% and 2.4% in 2015 and 2016, pulled up by greater growth worldwide and heavier public investment in the Andean countries. The Pacific Alliance will grow by 3.6% and 3.8% in 2015 and 2016.The central banks continue to show a looser bias given the cyclical weakness and could even disengage from the Fed rate hikes, apart from in Mexico. Such a move would adversely affect capital inflows to Latin America. The weaker commodity prices not only bode ill for fiscal and current account prospects in the region but will also have a potentially depressing impact on FDI in the primary export sector. All of these factors will exert pressure on LatAm exchange rates to depreciate in 2015 and 2016, yet on balance the limited currency mismatch in the private sector will mean that the exchange rate will cushion rather than spread external shocks.

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