Category Archives: Brazil Confidential (Financial Times)

Brazil Confidential (Financial Times): Recruitment survey

Recruiters forecast double-digit growth in pay, despite growing reluctance from multinationals. Brazilian executive salaries, already among the highest in the world. are likely to continue to grow quickly this year. Eight senior head-hunters surveyed by Brazil Confidential forecast that average … Continue reading

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FINANCIAL TIMES/BRAZIL CONFIDENTIAL: Santa Catarina: revitalising and modernising

Industry in Santa Catarina is under threat from Chinese competition but the state is capitalising upon itshighly-educated population to build a vibrant IT sector. Small and tidy Santa Catarina in some ways bears closer resemblance to the Germanic countries, to … Continue reading

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FINANCIAL TIMES/BRAZIL CONFIDENTIAL: Maranhao: giant projects may overturn poor reputation

The north-eastern state is among Brazil’s least developed, but investments in new oil and gas finds and a burgeoning agricultural sector could give it a boost in the arm. Maranhão vies with fellow north-eastern states Alagoas and Piauí for the … Continue reading

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FINANCIAL TIMES/BRAZIL CONFIDENTIAL: Making hay from the agro boom

Abundant rainfall, large aquifers and extensive flat land outside of the legal Amazon are helping Piauí’s agricultural sector bear fruit. Piauí has tended to make news for all the wrong reasons: it most usually comes to public attention as the … Continue reading

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FINANCIAL TIMES-BRAZIL CONFIDENTIAL. Para seeks to benefit from mining investment

Pará seeks to benefit from mining investment In spite of its geographical spread, Pará is an economic minnow that is just waking up to its potential as a mining and agricultural powerhouse. There are multi-billion dollar plans to exploit the … Continue reading

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FINANCIAL TIMES/BRAZIL CONFIDENTIAL: Fund strategies (MSquare and Maua Sekular)

MSquare has been top slicing its bets on the equity markets, taking down its invested portion from 90% in the last quarter of last year to some 70% today. After run-ups in share prices, Mr Mizne believes that it is … Continue reading

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BRAZIL CONFIDENTIAL-FINANCIAL TIMES Smaller banks face tougher times

Last year, mid-sized Brazilian banks were doing well. Wholesale markets were rapidly recovering post crisis and provisions from the Central Bank to stimulate credit were still firmly in place. Today, there are signs of severe strain: the discovery of fraudulent … Continue reading

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FINANCIAL TIMES/BRAZIL CONFIDENTIAL: Private equity: Full steam ahead in Pernambuco

The historic centre of Recife once seemed doomed. The city’s raison d’etre – its port – was supplanted in the 1970s by the development of new deepwater facilities at Suape to the south. And over the next couple of decades … Continue reading

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FINANCIAL TIMES/BRAZIL CONFIDENTIAL: Goias, private equity

In 2001, when Jacinto Borges was recruited to manage Tend Tudo, a small Goiania-based do-it-yourself store, the business looked set to become the latest failure in Brazil’s 1990s experiment with private equity. To read the rest of this text, please … Continue reading

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FINANCIAL TIMES/BRAZIL CONFIDENTIAL: Fund strategies (Investidor Profissional and Nest Investimentos)

Rising prices are a concern for this issue’s two equity managers: Francisco Meirelles de Andrade of Sao Paulo-based Nest Investimentos, and Elsen Carvalho of Investidor Profissional in Rio de Janeiro. The two are pursuing contrasting strategies with soft commodities topping Nest’s … Continue reading

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