Public debt expands 31% y/y in Bahamas, Barbados targets 6% primary surplus under IMF program, Cayman economy expands 4.0% y/y in Q1 2018, Remittances to
Rising international oil prices stoke inflation throughout the region and induced a rise in , Barbados economy contracted in H1 2018 by 0.6%, Cuba's economy
Bahamas increased VAT rate takes effect July 1. Barbados announces fiscal adjustment of BBD1.2B. Cayman projects 8.4% growth in construction sector in 2018. DomRep continues broad-based
Barbados faces General Election May 24 with international reserves at 22-year low, Cayman gov't finances capital projects without debt amidst growth and fiscal surpluses, Cuba
November 5, 2018
Marla reviews and analyzes recent development in the ECCU countries, offering insights into what is impacting growth, fiscal accounts, tourism, and projections for economic activity.
October 17, 2018
Marla reviews the most recent developments related to the announced closure of Petrotrin. This brief is a summary of information, data and statements related to
May 27, 2018
Marla reviews the most immediate challenges facing Barbados following the 2018 General Election. This Q&A reviews the impacts of fiscal overspending, why growth is low,
July 16, 2018
The National Investment Fund (NIF) bond issuance by government is consistent with government's plans outlined in the budget to finance its deficit through borrowing, drawdowns from the HSF, and divestment of state assets. The way in which this proposed TTD4 billion will be raised, poses some questions and issues, which Marla discusses in this Q&A.
April 28, 2018
S&P has revised the outlook downward on its sovereign credit rating for Trinidad & Tobago, citing macroeconomic risks and external imbalances and coinciding with my view that such imbalances may deplete external assets “faster than expected.” The rating was left at BBB+.
January 29, 2018
The IMF’s Article IV Staff Report on Trinidad & Tobago published in November 2017 validated Marla's view that around 2021 - 22, if everything continues as is, T&T may run into a Balance of Payments crisis, and have to ask the IMF for support.