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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...

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

Since the last major financial crisis in 1994-95, Mexico has seen the emergence of a banking sector characterised by robust regulation, with high levels of capitalisation and profitability. While economic growth has slowed over the past half-decade and monetary policy has tightened in more recent years (see Economy chapter), credit growth remains robust, leading to an improved...

How would you characterise the strength and resilience of the insurance industry in the face of external and internal economic challenges?

The period of easily raising funds from abroad seems to be coming to an end for emerging markets around the world. In the new environment of higher interest rates in the US and increased competition for capital flows, portfolio managers are becoming more selective with where they place their money.