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Managing Treasury in a New Climate

Managing Treasury in a New Climate

by Helen Sanders, Editor, in conversation with Oscar Mazza, Head of Latin America Sales, Treasury and Trade Solutions, Citi

It doesn’t seem so long ago that the media was full of references to the ‘BRIC’ miracle, with companies flocking to take advantage of rapid growth opportunities and rich natural resources. Today, while Mexico and the Caribbean continue to grow, fuelled by US trade and tourism respectively, South America in particular is in the midst of a decline that threatens many of the economic achievements of the past decade. In this month’s feature, it is a pleasure to introduce Oscar Mazza, Head of Latin America Sales Treasury and Trade Solutions, Citi who joins me to discuss some of the cash and treasury management trends that he sees in Latin America.

Commodity and currency volatility

Clearly, the impact of falling commodity prices has had a major impact on many commodity-dependent economies in Latin America. Why has Latin America been so badly hit?