Bank of America anticipates a better scenario for Venezuelan bonds
While losing momentum, Venezuelan notes continue upwards
The financial institution thinks that spending cuts and the funds coming from devaluation widen up Venezuela's future ability to repay the principal amount and interest of its debt represented in the bonds issued by the Republic and state-run oil holding Petróleos de Venezuela (Pdvsa).
According to the Bank of America, Venezuela's public spending has lowered by 13% over the six weeks following the presidential election, and fewer outlays together with a potential adjustment of the exchange rate could reduce the fiscal deficit of the central government from 8.8% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2012 to 2.2% next year.
"Venezuela is on track to implement a sizable fiscal and exchange rate adjustment that will strongly improve finances. We recommend a portfolio of short and intermediate bonds, which should gain the most from a devaluation," Bank of America reasoned.
On the rise
News about Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez going to Cuba to continue medical treatment for his cancer has made an impact on the supply of Venezuelan bonds.
Convinced that Chávez could step down because of his disease, as well as of a shift in the domestic economy, investors have taken a step forward by buying Venezuelan bonds, thus raising their value.
Last Tuesday, bonds increased by 2.5 points on average. They would keep on growing on Wednesday, yet modestly, at 0.30-0.36 points.
"Cocoa is to Venezuelans what wine is to the French," says Alejandro Prosperi, head of the Venezuelan Chamber of Cocoa, using this simile to express the paramount importance or the cocoa industry for the country. Often times heralded as "the best cocoa in the world," a passion for quality dating back to the sixteenth century has made Venezuelan cocoa growers to enjoy high prestige at international level and their product to be among the most sought-after in the world.