Gendreau is an expert in the Latin American business environment. He teaches asset allocation, investment strategy, corporate finance, emerging markets finance, international finance and financial crises.
Industry Expertise (4)
International Trade and Development
Areas of Expertise (10)
Latin American Business Environment
Finance, Insurance & Real Estate
Latin American Studies
Media Appearances (3)
Connecticut hedge funds still dominate, but face questions
Stamford Advocate online
“When I moved here in 2009, there weren’t many hedge funds in Florida,” said Brian Gendreau, a clinical professor of finance in the University of Florida’s business school. “The biggest problem they ran into was ‘infrastructure.’ Finding the right law firms for them was always a bit of a problem. Today, the barriers to those firms doing business here are lower. I hear a lot about hedge funds and private equity funds and mainline asset-management funds moving to Florida.”
Emerging markets in turmoil
CNN Business online
Investors had been venturing into emerging markets in search of higher yielding assets, but the recent rise in U.S. rates has prompted many traders to unwind those positions. "If you can get higher yield on riskless investment in U.S. Treasuries, that makes emerging markets look less attractive," said Brian Gendreau, market strategist at Cetera and a professor of emerging markets finance at the University of Florida."If you can get higher yield on riskless investment in U.S. Treasuries, that makes emerging markets look less attractive," said Brian Gendreau, market strategist at Cetera and a professor of emerging markets finance at the University of Florida.
Companies speeding up dividend payments
CNN Business online
While most experts say lawmakers and the White House will reach a compromise, many investors expect taxes on dividend payments to go up regardless of how the fiscal cliff is resolved, said Brian Gendreau, market strategist at Cetera Financial. "I'm not surprised this is happening," said Gendreau, who is also a professor of finance at the University of Florida. "It would make sense for companies to cut investors a break and accelerate dividend payments."
Trump nods to Cuban exiles, rolls back ties: Experts reactThe Conversation
Brian Gendreau, William M. LeoGrande
2017 Cuba “is a domestic issue for the United States and not a foreign policy issue,” Brent Scowcroft, President George H. W. Bush’s national security adviser, observed in 1998. “It focuses more on votes in Florida.” From the end of the Cold War in 1991 until 2014, when Obama decided normalizing relations would better serve U.S. interests abroad, U.S. presidential candidates feared that any opening to Cuba would cost them Cuban-American votes in the battleground state of Florida.
What Castro’s death and Trump’s election mean for Cuba’s economic awakeningThe Conversation
2016 Before his death on Nov. 25 at the age of 90, Fidel Castro had made no secret about his reservations about the normalization of relations with the United States and had insisted that the ideals of the Cuban Revolution would never be abandoned. So following his death it is natural to wonder if the economic reforms initiated by his brother, Raúl Castro, will accelerate or what else might happen.
Is there life after debt for Puerto Rico?The Conversation
2016 For years Puerto Rico borrowed to offset falling revenues as its economy and population declined. This was never sustainable, and now the moment of reckoning has arrived. In early May, Puerto Rico missed most of a $422 million debt payment, providing the catalyst for the U.S. House of Representatives to enact a rescue plan in early June. The plan, which has been under negotiation with the White House for months, would provide a process for restructuring the island’s $72 billion in debt and put an oversight board in charge of Puerto Rico’s finances.
Can Puerto Rico escape its $72 billion debt trap and avoid Greece’s fate?The Conversation
2016 To almost no one’s surprise, Puerto Rico missed a US$422 million debt payment earlier this month, triggering fears among investors that additional defaults are on the way and increasing pressure on Congress to act. The warnings that this would happen could hardly have been louder. The major credit rating agencies long ago cut Puerto Rico’s $72 billion in debt to some of the lowest levels. Its bonds have been trading at steep discounts to their face value for several years. And in December, Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro García Padilla told the U.S. Senate that his government had “no cash left” and would need to restructure its debt or face “disastrous” consequences.
As Obama makes historic visit, is Cuba ready for change?The Conversation
William A. Messina, Brian Gendreau
2016 President Barack Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Cuba in nearly 90 years as he set off on a three-day trip to the island nation on Sunday, the latest step in a thaw in relations that began in December 2014. Ahead of the trip, the administration issued its fifth set of measures relaxing regulations that restrict U.S. banking, financial, travel, business and economic dealings with Cuba.