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.
A shipment of over 30,000 tons of phosphate arrived at Puerto Cabello port in late July on board the Shi Long Ling, a Chinese-flagged vessel that began its long journey in northern Africa. The cargo boat docked on July 26 after traveling more than 3,200 nautical miles. Undoubtedly, this would just be considered one in many cargo ships crisscrossing the oceans if it were not for the fact that Venezuela has denounced Western Sahara occupation by Morocco and yet purchases the territory's natural resource products from the occupying power.