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Infrastructure and the private sector: infra penny, infra pound.

A big hurrah has gone up for Dilma Rousseff and her decision to expand spending and get the private sector involved in Brazilian infrastructure. The news is heartening and the figures impressive with R$140bn (nearly $67bn) being talked about. But … Continue reading

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Olympics costs—prevarication and procrastination

Brazil has not been shy in splashing out to showcase the Rio Olympics in London. The country took over part of the huge mansion Somerset House which it used to host exhibitions — including videos of a futurisitc Rio juxtaposed … Continue reading

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Brazilian banks face multiple constraints

Global uncertainty and a slowing domestic economy; a government that is breathing down their neck to reduce spreads; and higher non-performing loans have been laying waste to bank share prices in Brazil. The Brazilian economy has been trending down for … Continue reading

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Brazilian industry: a death foretold

You can’t pick up a Brazilian newspaper – even a popular one – these days without reading about the imminent demise of domestic industry. Is this scaremongering by industry bigwigs with the aim of squeezing more concessions out of the … Continue reading

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Montevideo 2: economic boom masks big macro split

The Inter-American Development Bank meetings are all about chummy Latin solidarity and business opportunities, entwined with high-falluting discussions on the region’s prospects. They usually come with a slightly positive spin thanks to the prospect of all the business available from … Continue reading

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Carnival time in Brazil’s job market

The battle to stimulate economies and bring life back to a moribund jobs market across the UK and Europe is a far cry from Brazil’s red hot jobs market. Unemployment keeps falling and has reached a low of 5.5%, impressive … Continue reading

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Consumer finance: installment war to end?

There are signs that the trend for ever more generous consumer payments terms may be slowing or ever reversing in Brazil. Shorter installments are going to bring some rationality to competition in the sector as well as providing a much-needed helping hand … Continue reading

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