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Latin Stars for Your Portfolio

After a trip south of the equator, we share our Latin American picks and pans.

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How better to profit from Latin America's economic expansion than by owning the firms that power the region's homes and businesses? To explore this question, we flew south of the equator and interviewed representatives from four Brazilian utilities, from Brazil's Ministry of Mines and Energy, and from two of Chile's largest power companies.

On the balance of things, we found reason for optimism. But investors seeking exposure to the region are wise to be selective; just as we unearthed appealing stories, we also picked off a couple that we think are best avoided. Here are a few thoughts on the broader market and regulatory environments in which these firms operate, followed by our picks and pans.

Ryan McLean does not own (actual or beneficial) shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.