‘Imagine if this happens during the World Cup?’ or ‘Imagina na Copa?’, as the phrase goes in Portuguese. That has been the refrain in Brazil about everything from inclement weather to political protests since football’s organising body Fifa announced the Latin American country would host the 2014 World Cup what seems an age ago now.
Usually, the concerns have been around more mundane issues, such as delays in stadium construction or poor public transport. Over the weekend, however, a more serious problem reared its ugly head – hooliganism. Brazil was shocked by live footage of a national league match between southern team Atletico Paranaense and Rio de Janeiro’s Vasco da Gama, in a regional city, Joinville. Continue reading »
On the homepage of Banco do Brasil, Brazil’s largest bank, you can take out a loan to buy a car, renovate your house or buy electronics and home appliances. Indeed, never before in Brazil has it been so easy to borrow money from a bank. Record-low interest rates are expected to make things even more attractive for borrowers.
Tipping things even further in favour of borrowers is a push by President Dilma Rousseff to encourage banks, all of them but especially those controlled by the government like Banco do Brasil, to reduce borrowing costs to further fuel lending and get the economy moving. Continue reading »
They have got attractive yields, promising growth prospects and they’re unlikely to let you down. If you have to put your money somewhere, it might as well be in Brazilian bonds, it seems.
After the bumper $825m offering at the beginning of the year by the Brazilian government, the country’s companies have rushed to follow suit. Continue reading »
Another year, another investment in Brazil’s truck industry. Paccar, the US-based truck maker, announced a $200m plant to build its DAF heavy vehicles in Ponta Grossa, in Brazil’s southern Paraná state.
Paccar chairman and CEO Mark Pigott was on the scene for the ground-breaking ceremony this week. Continue reading »
Brazil’s unwieldy tax system never ceases to amaze.
A new study by the Brazilian Institute for Tax Planning (IBPT) has worked out exactly how much parents and schools have to pay in tax for the basic stationary kids need at school. And the results aren’t pretty. Continue reading »
No wonder Brazil’s finance minister, Guido Mantega, got in such a huff about the strength of the real last year, inciting a global currency war wherever he went.
New data from the central bank on Wednesday shows that a whopping $65.28bn in dollar inflows poured into Brazil in 2011 — almost triple the previous year’s total of $24.35bn. Continue reading »
What better way to start the new year than by holding a bond sale and showing everyone who is boss.
Brazil once again flaunted its enviable position in global debt markets on Tuesday by selling $750m of its 2021 dollar-denominated bonds at a yield of 3.449 per cent (150 basis points above comparable US Treasury bonds). Continue reading »
They haven’t even all been built yet but it looks like Vale’s ill-fated mega-ships are already up for sale.
José Carlos Martins, pictured, the mining company’s executive director for iron ore and strategy, told reporters on Tuesday that it is now “preferable” to sell the so-called Valemaxes and then lease them back.
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Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff must have a non-stick coating. A study released on Friday by the National Confederation of Industry (CNI) found that her personal approval rating remains at 72 per cent compared with 71 per cent in September. This comes in spite of or maybe because of her loss of six ministers to corruption scandals this year.
“The president has managed to shield herself. The allegations of corruption were restricted to her ministers,” said CNI’s executive manager of research, Renato da Fonseca. Continue reading »
What do Peruvian fishmeal, Chilean wine and Brazilian soy beans have in common?
They’re all on China’s shopping list as the nation of 1.3bn people steps up its agribusiness acquisitions and investments overseas to overcome considerable supply constraints at home. Continue reading »
It seems that like many foreigners who visit Hong Kong, Brazilian finance officials have picked up a taste for dim sum during a visit to the Chinese territory.
They have begun talking for the first time about issuing Chinese currency-denominated debt in Hong Kong, or so-called dim sum bonds. Continue reading »
The Brazilian real has greeted last week’s European summit deal with about as much enthusiasm as a child being forced to eat Brussels sprouts.
The Brazilian currency lost 2.5 per cent of its value against the dollar to hit a two-week low of 1.8440 on Monday, amid concern over a weaker outlook for commodity prices. Continue reading »
We’ve all been there. You buy something on the cheap made in China or South Korea, but as soon as you get home it breaks. Unfortunately for Vale, Brazil’s mining giant, the same thing seems to have happened with their 400,000 ton iron ore carrier.
The ship is part of the company’s brand-new fleet of 35 mega vessels being built at Asian yards – a wildly ambitious multi-billion dollar plan by the (ousted) former chief executive to cut freight costs. Continue reading »
Brazil’s seemingly endless corruption sweep has two more ministers in its sights – the minister of cities, Mario Negromonte, and more significantly, minister of trade and industry, Fernando Pimentel.
You will recall, President Dilma Rousseff has already sacked seven ministers in less than 12 months in office, six of them following allegations of corruption or questionable ethics. Continue reading »