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Brazil’s Ex-President Lula Charged In Secret Petrobras Case, Report Says

Brazil’s prosecutor general has charged the former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva with participating in a scheme to buy the silence of a former executive at state-run oil company Petrobras, newspaper Estado de S.Paulo has reported. Lula’s name was included in the case against Senator Delcidio do Amaral, who in December was charged with … Continue reading

As EM Assets Rally, Should Investors Warm Up To EM Corporates? — An Interview With Robert Abad

With emerging markets (EM) equities, currencies and sovereign debt posting strong year-to-date gains, should investors also warm up to EM corporate credit, which lagged the rally? To get a better idea of what investors should expect, Robert Abad, Founder of EM+BRACE, sat down with us and shared his insight. Robert Abad: Investors with an interest in EM should always … Continue reading

Brazil: Welcome To The New Great Recession

By Jeffrey P. Snider, Alhambra Investment Partners If China is most representative of the current state of the “dollar” economy, Brazil is surely most representative of its worst case. The country’s economy has been like China in slowing down steadily over the past few years, but unlike China it has descended already into a nightmarish level … Continue reading

Think Brazil’s Scandals Have Nothing To Do With U.S. Banks? Guess Again.

By Nomi Prins This weekend, millions of Brazilians took to major city streets (again) to protest the hydra of corruption gushing from Petrobras, Brazil’s largest oil company and the government amidst deepening economic recession. Calls for the impeachment of sitting Workers’ Party (PT) president (and former Chair of Petrobras), Dilma Rousseff filled the air. (I … Continue reading

Downgrade Points To Continued Brazil Underperformance

By Marc Chandler, Marc to Market Blog (from my colleague Dr. Win Thin) Fitch’s downgrade on Wednesday is a stark reminder that Brazil continues to suffer from a toxic mix of high inflation, recession, low commodity prices, and heightened political uncertainty.  Because we see no end in sight for these negative factors, we believe Brazil assets will … Continue reading

What To Expect On The Fed’s Decision Day

By Jeffrey Moore The Federal Reserve is set to raise rates today for the first time in nine years. So how could the Fed’s decision affect markets and politics as the world moves into 2016? On December 15th, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) began its two-day meeting that will result in a widely anticipated policy … Continue reading

Brazilian ETFs See Inflows After Impeachment Talks

By James Eugene Brazilian-focused exchange traded funds (ETFs) have recorded relatively large amounts of inflows after talks of Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment advanced.   According to data compiled by Bloomberg, the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF enjoyed inflows of just over $94 million so far this month, approximately 4.7% of its market capitalisation. The iShares Ibovespa, … Continue reading

Brazil’s Energy Profile – Analysis

By EIA In 2014, Brazil was the eighth-largest energy consumer in the world and the third-largest in the Americas, behind the United States and Canada, according to BP statistics. Total primary energy consumption in Brazil has nearly doubled in the past decade1 because of sustained economic growth. The largest share of Brazil’s total energy consumption … Continue reading

Mark Mobius On Latin America

By Mark Mobius, Templeton Emerging Markets Group This month, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will hold their joint annual meeting in Lima, Peru, marking the first time such an event has been held in Latin America in almost 50 years. The organizations’ annual meeting provides a forum for finance ministers and central bank … Continue reading

Is Glencore The Next Lehman? The World’s Largest Commodities Trading Company Is Toast

By Michael Snyder Are we about to witness the most important global financial event since the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008?  Glencore has been known as the largest commodities trading company on the entire planet, and at one time it was ranked as the 10th biggest company in the world.  It is linked to … Continue reading

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