Peru

A Rookie's Guide to Investing in Emerging Markets

The U.S. stock market's recent gyrations have many investors ready to look overseas for better returns. But it's a complicated world out there, which is why many less-experienced investors are still sitting on the global sidelines. Here's what you need to know make investing in emerging markets a little less scary.

Currency Wars Are Heating Up Across Latin America

Emerging market countries, especially those in Latin America, are gearing up for a potentially damaging round of currency interventions to help keep their economies competitive. "This is a currency war that is turning into a trade war," says Brazilian Finance Minister Guido Mantega.

Best and Worst Global Stock Markets of 2010

The big national stock market winners of 2010 scored returns far above those of U.S. markets by piggybacking on China's ferocious growth. But rebounding American equities look mighty impressive next to the year's real losers: the victims of the eurozone debt crisis.

In Peru, Tiny Loans Add Up to Big Business

Microloans have taken off in Peru, where informal employment is high and access to credit is low. Now, the nation ranks No. 1 in the annual Economist Intelligence Unit survey of world's best business environments for microlending. In fact, five of the top 10 countries are in Latin America.

Will Peruvian Politics Shake Mining and Energy Investments?

Political upsets in Peruvian regional elections could indicate a national shift to the left -- and some business leaders worry that could discourage foreign investment in the country, which has rich natural resources such as oil, gas and gold.