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At last,​ the Brazilian economy rebounds spurred by construction and industrial production

Brazil’s economy rebounded strongly in the second quarter after having shrunk in the first, official figures showed on Thursday, indicating Latin America’s largest economy comfortably avoided falling back into recession. The 0.4% growth in the April-June period will be a relief to President Jair Bolsonaro’s government, which was in large part elected to revive an economy that was struggling to fully emerge from the devastating 2015-16 recession.  But economists were not convinced that…

BlackRock bets on ‘cheap’ markets in Brazil and Argentina

When it comes to Latin America, BlackRock Inc. favours Brazilian and Argentine stocks “We see both markets and currencies trading at very cheap levels,” said Ed Kuczma, BlackRock’s portfolio manager, who oversees US$1.9 billion in the company’s Latin American equity funds. “The weakness we’re seeing right now creates long-term opportunities, as companies will take advantage of the weak growth to right-size their operating structure,” Kuczma said by phone. Brazil’s…

Brazil agribusiness group seeks bankruptcy protection

Privately owned Brazilian agribusiness group Itaquere has filed for bankruptcy protection to restructure 482 million reais ($127 million) of debt, according to a letter from management seen by Reuters. In the letter dated March 21, the group, based in Brazil’s top grains state Mato Grosso, blames a prolonged economic crisis, along with adverse climate conditions and currency swings, for its financial woes. The letter was signed by the group but not by any particular executive. Itaquere and MLuz, named…

Which countries have the highest public debt levels?

Global debt has climbed at an eye-watering pace over the last decade. According to the International Monetary Fund, global debt climbed to 225% of global GDP in 2017. That’s 12 percentage points higher than the previous record level set in 2009, during the Global Financial Crisis, and many have pointed toward the global debt pile-up, particularly public debt, as the potential culprit for the next global financial crisis. Countries with most public debtInfogram The increase in global debt over…

What now for South America and Venezuela as the pink tide recedes?

While nearly two decades of ideologically driven economic mismanagement has turned Venezuela from a relatively wealthy oil state into a Zimbabwe-like basket case, Chile has mainly stayed the course, politically and economically, just to the right or left of the sensible centre. Wild swings avoided Since the restoration of democracy in the late-1980s, this long, thin ribbon of a country has largely avoided the wild boom-and-bust pendulum swings that have characterised much of the continent’s stop-start…

What Brazil’s President-elect Jair Bolsonaro is likely to change

Congressman Jair Bolsonaro won Brazil’s presidency Sunday on promises to overhaul several aspects of Latin America’s largest nation. A glance at the top issues that are likely to change in a Bolsonaro administration: ENVIRONMENT More than half of the Amazon rainforest is in Brazil, and some environmentalists worry Jair Bolsonaro’s presidency will open it up to increased deforestation and mining. Also, some observers believe Jair Bolsonaro’s strong ties to agribusiness leaders in Congress,…

5 things: Brazil’s economic downturn and what to expect going forward

Brazil’s economy has had a tough time of it so far this year. The truckers’ strike, the depreciating real and the uncertainty regarding presidential elections have all contributed to Brazil’s economic woes in 2018. In this post, Senior Economist Angela Bouzanis answers some key questions regarding Brazil’s economic outlook as we head into 2019. 1. Brazil’s economic outlook has worsened considerably since the start of 2018. What has caused more pessimistic view…

The important role that Brazil has in global agriculture

A report entitled The State of Agricultural Commodity Markets 2018, recently published by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), places Brazil as the world’s third biggest exporter of agricultural goods. In the document, FAO warns about the impact of climate change on agriculture and food security on the planet up to 2050. The information was given by UN News. In the document, released Monday (Sep. 17), FAO reveals that the value of global trade in agriculture more than tripled in…

Brazil Farmland is now available for Foreign Ownership again

Common Sense Returns to Brazil Farmland Brazil’s government plans to lift current limits on foreign ownership of Brazil Farmland, Secretary of Investment Moreira Franco, the person behind privatization for the new administration, told Reuters on Wednesday. Franco called the restriction on sales of Brazil Farmland to foreign individuals and companies “nonsense” and said interim President Michel Temer will reconsider the issue. The restriction was adopted in 2010 by former President Luiz Inacio…

Brazil’s economy enters ‘outright depression’

Brazil’s Economy is in Depression Brazil’s economy shrank more than analysts forecast, as rising unemployment and higher inflation sapped domestic demand, pulling the South America largest economy deeper into what Goldman Sachs now calls “an outright depression”. Gross domestic product in Brazil contracted 1.7 per cent in the three months ended in September, after a revised 2.1 per cent drop the previous quarter, the national statistics institute said in Rio de Janeiro. That’s…

How to set up a company in Brazil

How to set up a company in Brazil Setting up a business in any country is a challenge especially having to consider each country’s laws and rules in the process of setting up. Opening and maintaining a business in Brazil also present just as much difficulty but with the right information and tools it becomes a lot easier. Having a corporation in Brazil can only come after much consideration and obeying the several types of obligations set out by the government. Depending on various factors as well as…
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