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  • Angola-Brazil: Old loves die hard - Updated Thu February 20, 2014

    • Africa is key to Brazil’s push to increase its strategic importance • As a fellow Lusophone country, relations with Angola are especially important • Brazilian companies have played a key role in Angola’s reconstruction; this is part of Angola...

  • Argentina-Brazil: It takes two to tango - Updated Thu February 6, 2014

    Argentina’s economic crisis is not over; USD-ARS and local rates are likely to move higher • Inflation is expected to spike, and the economy to contract; this is bad news for Brazil • The trade links between Brazil and Argentina are significant ...

  • Brazil – Weaker growth for 2013 - Updated Wed July 17, 2013

    Most of the coincident and leading indicators point to Q2-2013 being as weak as Q1-2013 • Additionally, the breakdown of key indicators suggests H2-2013 will be worse than initially thought • We lower our GDP growth forecast for 2013 to 2.2% from ...

  • Brazil – BoP: Rain today, sun tomorrow - Updated Tue May 21, 2013

    Temporarily weaker oil output and a continued global slowdown will likely pressure the BoP in 2013 • External accounts should trough in 2013, with continued improvement from 2014 onwards • By 2020, Brazil’s oil and derivatives production is set t...

  • Brazil – Challenging times ahead - Updated Thu April 18, 2013

    We expect stronger but moderate growth in 2013 • Inflation will remain a concern and monetary policy will be tighter • The reform agenda remains light as 2014 elections approach...

  • Brazil – BCB soon to shift gears again - Updated Thu March 21, 2013

    Growth is still expected to improve in 2013; however, we revise lower our projection to 3.2% from 3.8% • Inflation dynamics are worrisome, even though we expect headline IPCA to slow in H2-2013 • We think the BCB needs to hike rates; however, mark...

  • Brazil – Pushing inflation management to the limit - Updated Fri February 8, 2013

    Growth will likely improve in 2013, but risks are to the downside; the supply-demand mismatch continues • The government will seek alternative fiscal measures to manage inflation; BCB to avoid hiking in 2013 • We recommend a Jan-15 DI receiver pos...

  • Brazil – COPOM may not be done - Updated Tue November 6, 2012

    Our meetings in Brazil left us with a less optimistic view on 2013 growth • If GDP growth falters, we would not be surprised to see the SELIC rate fall further • The BRL should continue to be range-bound in the near term • We maintain our recomme...

  • Brazil – Downshifting to ‘perma-hold’ - Updated Fri October 19, 2012

    We revise 2012 GDP growth lower to 1.5%, while maintaining 2013 forecast at 4.1% • We revise IPCA inflation slightly higher for 2012 and 2013 to 5.3% and 5.6%, respectively • The minutes of the 10 October meeting show that the current rate-cutting...

  • Brazil – Growth recovery gaining traction - Updated Wed August 29, 2012

    Local investors show increased optimism about both external and domestic conditions • Inflation is a source of uncertainty for 2013, rather than during 2012 • BCB tightly manages the BRL, which is expected to remain within the 2.00-2.10/USD range ...



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Global Focus - The world in transition

The world economy is in transition. Global growth rates are picking up, but transition means elevated risks and volatility. In terms of global implications, all eyes will be on the US and China, with the US normalising monetary policy and China rebalancing its economy.