Cost of underwriting Venezuela's debt rises after gubernatorial election
Insurance to protect the creditors of Venezuelan sovereign bonds increased on Monday after the favorable results for pro-government candidates in the election of Sunday, December 16
Credit default swaps (CDS) had dropped since President Chávez appointed a successor on December 8. The action raised the expectations about his stepping down after 14 years in office, Reuters cited.
Nevertheless, on Monday the CDS of the five-year debt bonds climbed 28 base points to 647 base points, according to Markit, a leading, global financial information services company.
Additionally, Venezuela's benchmark bond, maturing in 2007, shed 1.5 cents to USD 99.8.
As late as Tuesday, February 25, there was some visible response from Gabriela Ramírez's office. Representatives of the Office of the Ombudswoman would visit independent human rights watch groups to find what happened in connection with repression of protests. That day, they visited NGO Provea. The next day, they met with the attorneys of NGO Venezuelan Criminal Forum. They pursued specific data because -they argued- no claims of human rights violations of demonstrators had been filed with the Office of the Ombudswoman.