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  • Markets on the Fence - WA#37
    Markets on the Fence - WA#37

    September indicators overview

  • From 2013 on, Ecuador has persistent fiscal deficits that exceed 4% of GDP. The coded 2018 Budget establishes as goal the reduction of the global deficit to $4.1 bn or 4.0% of GDP. The primary deficit (excludes interest payments) would fall to $1.8 bn or 1.8% of GDP. (WA#35)

  • In 2017, foreign investment in oil and mines was a mere $65 mn, lowest in the decade and down -57% y-o-y.  In the first quarter of 2018, there is a recovery to $124 mn, best quarter since the last one of 2016. (WA#36)

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