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Latin American Middle Class Grows by 50 Million

Back in 2003, the middle class population of Latin America and the Caribbean was about 103 million. In 2009, it was an estimated 152 million, an increase of almost 50 percent. The increase is due to a successful result of the economic policy by Latin American and Caribbean governments. But the lower class has grown even larger, according to a recent report by the World Bank. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank, says that one third of the population is still in poverty. Although little progress was made in the region to reduce poverty and grow the middle class, more recent changes show that this impressive boost is due to economic stability and growth in the region along with more recent changes emphasizing the delivery of social programs.

 

Middle class within LAC are not considered rich but are economically secure – or have less than 10% chance of slipping into poverty. An earning of at least $14,000 per year, would put a family of four into the middle class. A household making less than $4 a day is considered poor, while those earning from $4 to $10 are economically vulnerable. Today, the middle class and the poor account for roughly the same share of the population – 29% and 31% in that order – while the economically vulnerable now make up the majority. A rapid growing middle class only means positivity for the economy and investors.

 

Written by Melissa W.

 

http://abcnews.go.com/ABC_Univision/News/latin-american-middle-class-grows-50-million-world/story?id=17711973


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Article Response: Four reasons to invest in Emerging Market Bonds

In a  recent conference call with investors Luz Padilla, Portfolio Manager at DoubleLine Capital, explained the major impetus behind the 30% compression in spreads between Emerging Market bonds and their US Treasury counterparts.

Padilla attributes the significant tightening in spreads(and rally higher in the bonds) to 1) Growth prospects 2) Financial Responsibility and 3) Ratings Improvements.

When asked whether emerging market bonds have more room to move, Padilla cites increasing demand metrics and new supply coming online.

Written by Jack S.

Read more: (webpage) http://www.forbes.com/sites/marcprosser/2012/10/15/4-reasons-to-invest-in-emerging-market-bonds-from-doubleline-capital/


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There has been an increase in total volumes for Latin American bond

Recently, there has been an increase in total volumes for Latin American bonds. Brazil is the largest issuer in terms of deals and volumes with 45%. Mexico is also considered very strong with an improving economy which is leading to higher demand for its bonds. Mexico has been decreasing the amount of sovereign bonds as funding needs have diminished. In a low interest rate environment and higher coupon rates for emerging market debt, these factors are contributing to the higher demand for Latin American bonds. It is extremely difficult to find high yield bonds in developed countries leading investors to explore other avenues. Excel released an IPO of the “Latin American Bond Fund” on June 19th 2012. Since its debut on the TSX it has been trading above its original price of $10. As of Oct 12, 2012 it’s trading at $11.48. The ticker symbol is ELA.UN and is a great way to earn higher yield with quarterly distributions. Clients are looking for new opportunities from investments to earn income and grow their portfolios. This product is also a great way to help clients diversify their portfolios.

Written by Jeff K.

Dwyer, R. (2012, October). Euromoney. Latin American Issuers attract record crowds. Retrieved October 15, 2012, from  http://www.euromoney.com/Article/3098999/CurrentIssue/86809/DCM-Latin-American-issuers-attract-record-crowds.html

 


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Excel Latin America Bond Fund (TSX: ELA.UN) Announces Quarterly Distribution of $0.21923 per unit

TORONTO, September 19th, 2012 – Excel Funds Management Inc. (“Excel”) is pleased to announce the tax – advantaged distribution for the quarter ended September 30, 2012 of $0.21923 per unit for the Excel Latin America Bond Fund (the “Fund”).  The distributions will be payable on October 15, 2012 to unit holders of record on September 30th, 2012. The distribution for the quarter ended September 30, 2012 is higher than the targeted quarterly distribution of $0.19375 per unit (an annualized expected yield of 7.75%) as it has been pro-rated from the period June 19, 2012 (date of inception of the Fund) to September 30, 2012.

Since the Fund’s launch on June 19th, 2012, its units have consistently traded above both its Net Asset Value per unit (“NAV”) and its $10.00 issue price.

Excel is Canada’s only emerging markets focused mutual fund provider and the Excel Investment Council Inc. (the “Portfolio Manager”) is a multiple Lipper Fund Award winner. Pioneering emerging markets investing over 14 years ago, Excel has been partnering exclusively with best-in-class, on-the-ground portfolio managers that bring Canadian investors first hand insight and expertise in these flourishing economies. Excel proudly calls itself Your Authority in Emerging Markets.

BTG Pactual, the Fund’s sub-advisor, is one of Latin America’s leading independent asset managers and had over U.S. $45 billion in assets under management as at December 31, 2011. Standard and Poor’s has awarded them the 2011 and 2012 Best Fixed Income Fund Manager distinctions.

About Excel Latin America Bond Fund

The Fund’s investment objectives are to (i) provide quarterly tax-advantaged distributions consisting primarily of returns of capital; and (ii) preserve and provide the opportunity to increase the net asset value of the Fund, in each case, through exposure to an actively managed, diversified portfolio consisting primarily of U.S. dollar denominated fixed income securities issued by companies located in Latin America, with an initial focus on Brazil.  The Portfolio Manager intends to hedge substantially all of the value of the portfolio to the Canadian dollar.

Units of the Fund trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol ELA.UN.

For further information, please contact your financial advisor, call our investor relations line at 1-888-813-9813 or visit our website at http://www.excelfunds.com.

Grant Patterson

Chief Compliance Officer

Excel Funds Management Inc.

905-817-2964

Certain statements contained in this news release constitute forward-looking information within the meaning of Canadian securities laws. Forward-looking information may relate to the future outlook of the Fund and anticipated distributions, events or results and may include statements regarding the future financial performance of the Fund. In some cases, forward-looking information can be identified by terms such as “may”, “will”, “should”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “intend” or other similar expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts. Actual results may vary from such forward-looking information.

The securities offered have not been registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or any state securities laws. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities within the United States.