Cost of underwriting Venezuela's debt rises after gubernatorial election
Insurance to protect the creditors of Venezuelan sovereign bonds increased on Monday after the favorable results for pro-government candidates in the election of Sunday, December 16
Credit default swaps (CDS) had dropped since President Chávez appointed a successor on December 8. The action raised the expectations about his stepping down after 14 years in office, Reuters cited.
Nevertheless, on Monday the CDS of the five-year debt bonds climbed 28 base points to 647 base points, according to Markit, a leading, global financial information services company.
Additionally, Venezuela's benchmark bond, maturing in 2007, shed 1.5 cents to USD 99.8.
The price of a package of precooked corn flour used to make corn cakes called arepas, a staple food in Venezuela, has been regulated at VEB 19, but production cost exceeds VEB 26. At present both state-run and private plants face the same difficulty of having to produce at a loss. But that's just one of the many obstacles facing those involved in putting the arepa on the Venezuelans plate.