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After more than a year and a half of talks, the major securities exchanges in Chile, Colombia and Peru are ready to form themselves into a single, unified market. The new market will be the second largest equity platform in Latin America, ahead of Mexico’s Bolsa Mexicana de Valores and behind Brazil’s Bovespa.

The timing is right. As rich-country markets falter on a slower-than-expected rebound from the economic crisis, investors are looking to fast-growing emerging markets for better returns. Although this new crossborder Andean equity market still does not hold a candle to Brazil, it does give investors a larger target in the region, as well as the simultaneous opportunity to get exposure to three Latin American economies that look very strong coming out of the 2009 recession.

Read more at Financial Services Briefing: “Andean tie-up” (October 5th)