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Since the nationalisation of the oil industry and the establishment of state-run Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) in 1938, hydrocarbons production has been a significant driver of growth, and the energy and utilities sector remains a key cornerstone of Mexico’s economy. The sector has evolved rapidly in recent years after a comprehensive energy reform was introduced in December...

In addition to growing the transport network, increasing storage capacity and addressing fuel theft are priorities in the midstream energy segment. To this end, since the 2013 energy reform the government has commissioned work by companies such as Canadian firms TC Energy and ATCO to expand the natural gas network to keep up with rising demand and supply deficits in the south...

A free-floating currency, a large and diversified economy, the absence of capital controls and an increasingly attractive tax regime continue to make Mexico one of the stars of emerging market portfolio investment. The Mexican peso remains the second-most widely traded emerging market currency after the Chinese yuan, and is often treated by investors as a proxy for emerging...

Reaching lower-income segments of the population is notoriously challenging for insurers. In a country such as Mexico, where almost half of the 129.5m-strong population lives below the poverty line and the insurance culture is still underdeveloped, this is particularly difficult. As a result, Mexico has become a leading developer of micro-insurance plans, which are tailored to...

Since the 2013 energy reform, investors have found a range of opportunities in Mexico’s liberalised downstream energy sector. The new regulatory framework opened up former state-owned petrol stations to private operators and, more recently, has offered services companies the chance to be involved in the programme to upgrade the country’s refineries.

What internal and external factors contributed to Mexico’s economic slowdown, and what monetary policies can counterbalance their effects?

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