“This is important,” explains Gerard Cassidy, RBC analyst. “Mexico has a well-educated workforce when it comes to manufacturing jobs, and so companies are very willing to commit capital into Mexico to build out manufacturing plants. [Defensive ETFs to Shield Against the Fiscal Cliff]

The biggest threat to the economy in Mexico is inflation, with a targeted rate of anywhere from 2% to 4% expected in 2013. Since the Mexican economy is export driven, some of its success depends on the health of developed nations such as the U.S.

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Tisha Guerrero contributed to this article.