The Overseas Private Investment Corp. (OPIC), the U.S. federal agency created to support U.S. business interests in developing countries, recently announced a new capital-markets political risk insurance product to enhance bonds issued by emerging market issuers to U.S. investors.

Traditionally, OPIC insurance has been utilized primarily by U.S. equity investors and by banks supporting the activities of their U.S. clients abroad. In the bank-loan market, OPIC insurance has been available to cover currency inconvertibility, expropriation and political violence.

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