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Latest Thoughts and Updates


"Brazil Administration Scales Back Scope of Proposed Pension Reform", WSJ, November 23, 2017

"Venezuelan Bonds Fall Further After Default Determination", WSJ, November 17, 2017

"Venezuelan Bonds Up After New U.S. Sanctions Spare Debt Trading" WSJ, August 25, 2017

"EM FOCUS with Robert Abad, Founder, EM+BRACE" Thomson Reuters Global Markets Forum, July 12, 2017

"From Papua New Guinea to Argentina, Bond Risks Are Going on a World Tour" Bloomberg, June 27, 2017

"What's the Best Advice for Building a Career in Emerging Markets? Forbes, April 17, 2017

"The High Risk That Emerging-Market Winners 'Overplayed Their Hand'" TheStreet, September 2016

"Cuba mudou, mas (ainda) não é hora de investir por lá" EXAME, September 11, 2016

"EM FOCUS with Robert Abad, Founder, EM+BRACE" Thomson Reuters Global Markets Forum, September 2, 2016

"Bênção e maldição: os investidores já entendem os emergentes" EXAME, August 28, 2016


"Embracing the big picture" The Bogota Post, June 2, 2016

"Foreign investors bet on Brazil's recovery" EBC Agencia Brasil, May 16, 2016

"Economic recovery a major challenge in Brazil, analysts say" EBC Agencia Brasil , May 16, 2016


EM+BRACE hosted by the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, April 2016


"EM+BRACE Celebrates Its First Anniversary" EMTA Q1 Bulletin, April 2016


"As EM Assets Rally, Should Investors Warm Up to EM Corporates?" Emerging Equity, April 6, 2016


Invitation to provide career guidance in support of the Brandeis International Business School - Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) 2016 Networking Event in Dallas, Texas (August)


"Cuba - An Interview with Robert Abad"  Emerging Equity, March 16, 2016


"How Will the World of Emerging Market Investing Change in 2016?"  Forbes Middle East (PDF), 2016 Investment Guide


"EM FOCUS with Robert Abad, Founder, EM+BRACE" Thomson Reuters Global Markets Forum, March 15, 2016


"What Should Investors Expect From Cuba's Economy?"  Forbes Magazine, March 15, 2016


"EM Investing - An Interview with Robert Abad"  Emerging Equity, February 11, 2016


"How Will the World of Emerging Market Investing Change in 2016?" Forbes Magazine, February 9, 2016


"A Message to Davos...", ValueWalk, January 26, 2016


"Queridos Graduados: Antes de lanzarse al ruedo en Mercados Emergentes, lean esto.", LinkedIn, January 25, 2016


Invitation to share thoughts on EM and commodity markets at UCLA Anderson School of Management, January 2016


"A Message to Davos: If You're Lost, Use Two Maps Instead of One", LinkedIn, January 21, 2016


"Dear Graduates...", Emerging Equity, January 16, 2016


"Dear Graduates: Before making the leap into Emerging Markets, read this.", LinkedIn, January 9, 2016


Invitation to share thoughts on careers in EM at Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi-Ito Graduate School of Management, Claremont University, August 2015


EM+BRACE launch highlighted in EMTA 25th Anniversary Bulletin, May 2015



Past Commentaries



"El dinero en deuda periférica rotará hacia la emergente", Finanzas, June 26, 2014


"No todas las divisas emergentes son iguales", Wall Street Journal Americas, June 20, 2014


"How Fund Managers View Currencies in Emerging Markets", Wall Street Journal, June 16, 2014


"Cemex leadership unclear after sudden death of CEO", Reuters, May 13, 2014


"New U.S. sanctions on Putin allies cause few ripples", Reuters, April 29, 2014


"Digging Themselves in Deeper: Why Big Oil is Doubling Down on Putin's Russia", Foreign Policy, April 22,  2014


"U.S. Warned Money Managers of More Russia Sanctions", Bloomberg, April 18, 2014


"Pakistan Re-Enters Global Bond Markets", Wall Street Journal, April 9, 2014


"Goldman Loan Talk Propels Biggest Bond Advance: Argentina Credit", Bloomberg, April 1, 2014


"Petrobras Rules Bond Sales as $8.5 Billion Follows Euro Deal", Bloomberg, March 11, 2014


"Mexico Peso Rises as Upgrade Defies Emerging Market Doldrums", Bloomberg, February 6, 2014


"Thailand Stocks Head Higher As Investors Brave Unrest", Wall Street Journal, January 16, 2014


"Junk borrowers face tough months", Latin Finance, January 14, 2014


"Brazil battles through as Latam bonds grow amid volatility", Global Capital, January 10, 2014


"Turkey stocks are biggest loser as 'crisis persists'", Gulf Times, January 2, 2014


"EM bonds: A record 2013", Financial Times, January 2, 2014


"Emerging-Markets Borrowers Tilt Toward Euro", Wall Street Journal, December 16, 2013


"Mexico Housing Hits U.S. Investors as Plan Collapses", Bloomberg Markets Magazine, December 3, 2013


"Thailand's Ananda Said to Cancel First Perpetual Dim Sum Bonds", Bloomberg, November 3, 2013


"Caracas mulls mortgaging gold reserves", Bloomberg - Business Day, November 29, 2013


"Goldman, Bank of America Pitch Venezuela to Drum Up Dollars", Bloomberg, November 27, 2013


"EM issuers rush to sell", Reuters, November 8, 2013


"Cash is Flooding Back Into Emerging Markets", Wall Street Journal Europe, November 7, 2013


"Central Banks Seek Shelter from Coming Fed Tapering", Wall Street Journal, November 6, 2013


"Thailand poised for $15bn of debt sales", Financial Times, October 28, 2013


"The Evolution of the Markets 1988-2013 - Corporate bonds: Between the lines", Latin Finance, September 1, 2013


"Mongolian bonds suffer amid correction", Financial Times, August 6, 2013


"EM bonds: hold those obituaries", Financial Times, July 23, 2013


"Billionaire Batista's Battered OGX Lures Hedge Funds", Bloomberg, July 22, 2013


"Emerging Markets: Time to Embrace Volatility", Financial Times, June 7, 2013


"Asia stares at another year of record bond issuance", Reuters, May 22, 2013


"Troubled Mexican homebuilders dent high-yield confidence", Reuters, May 3, 2013


"Scarcity value of EM bonds drives prices", Financial Times, April 30, 2013


"Emerging Markets Insights - Resource Nationalism", Fitch Ratings, March 13, 2013


"Chavez Death a Strong Positive for Markets", Bloomberg Rewind TV, March 5, 2013


"Brasil sale de gira en busca de inversiones". La Nacion, February 27, 2013


"Chavez Devaluation Puts Venezuelans to Queue on Price Raise", Bloomberg, February 12, 2013


"Search for yield leads to positive 2013 outlook for emerging market debt", Investment Europe, January 25, 2013


"Hello 2013: Keep buying EM bonds, but remember due diligence", Financial Times 2013


"Emerging Market Investors Turn Cautious on New Junk-Rated Issuance", Wall Street Journal, December 12, 2012


"Mongolia Binges on Bond Bonanza", Wall Street Journal, Novermber 29, 2012


"Investments in local emerging markets remain attractive", Financial Times, November 26, 2012


"Worst Default in Decade Means Rousseff Put Dead", Bloomberg, November 17, 2012


"El Salvador or Mongolia: solid bet or bubble?", Financial Times, Novermber 12, 2012


"Where the Yields Are", Barron's, November 3, 2012


"Choose emerging market bonds over equity says fund manager", What Investment, November 2, 2012


"Emerging Market Debt in the Year of Living Dangerously", SeekingAlpha 2012


"Korean, and emerging market bond rally is not over yet", Reuters, August 28, 2012


"Life in the fast lane", Fund Strategy, August 27, 2012


"Emerging Stocks Fall Most on Week in China", Bloomberg, August 13, 2012


"Citigroup Pushing Bond ADRs to Boost Local Market: Brazil Credit", Bloomberg, June 18, 2012


"Smooth Sailing ahead?", Latin Finance, May 1, 2012


"Market Evolution: Local Currency Debt", Latin Finance, March/April 2012


"Markets Look to Next Day of Reckoning", Wall Street Journal, March 10, 2012


"Big Bond Funds Diverge on Emerging Markets", Wall Street Journal, February 27, 2012


"New Normal Is Selling Old Debt as Issuance Surges: Brazil Credit", Bloomberg, February 3, 2012


"Back to the wall", Fund Strategy, February 2, 2012


"EM Corporate Bond Forum: Issuance at Record Levels", EMTA, September 14, 2011


"Local Currency Funds Sparkle", International Financing Review, September 2011


"EM asset flows could close doors", Financial Times, November 14, 2010


"Protectionism Makes Emerging Markets More Attractive", Citywire, November 10, 2010


"EM Corporate Bond Forum: Global Factors Remain a Risk", EMTA, September 22, 2010


"Emerging markets in an era of debt", Reuters, September 10, 2010


"EM Corporate Bond Forum: Searching for Value", EMTA, September 21, 2009



And a blast from the past: "Bond tool", Derivatives Strategy, August 1996

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