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    Mexican Stock Exchange (Mexican Bolsa)

    Plagued by vicious drug cartels and rampant government corruption, the Mexican Stock Exchange (or, as it’s known locally, la Bolsa Mexicana de Valores) is the second-largest South American exchange. Headquartered in Mexico City, it is the only securities exchange in Mexico.

    Considered an emerging market, the Mexican economy has been going strong and is predicted to stay on the move upward. Its forward progress continued, though slowed, even during the worldwide recession that characterized the early 2010s. Mexico is among the top ten oil-producing nations in the world, and even with volatile and low crude oil prices, the country has been able to maintain its economic growth.

    When it comes to stock market performance, there are two ways to monitor the Mexican market: the MEXBOL IPC Index, which includes a wide range of companies trading on the Mexican stock exchange, and the INMEX index, which tracks the twenty (or so) companies with the largest market capitalization. 

    Foreign investors should factor in the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) when considering investments in any securities listed on the Mexican Bolsa. As agriculture contributes greatly to the GDP, paying attention to that economic sector offers additional insights into the company’s overall economic health.
    The future of Mexican industry, though, seems to be in manufacturing. The country has rapidly risen to superstar heights in this arena, largely due to free-trade agreements and relatively low labor costs.

    Companies traded on the Mexican Stock Exchange that American investors may be familiar with include Wal-Mart de Mexico (WMMVY) and Coca-Cola FEMSA (KOF), which is the world’s biggest Coca-Cola bottler.

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