Latest articles from Brazil

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Petrobras CEO looks beyond debt and scandal to a greener future

September 1, 2017

The CEO of Brazil’s beleaguered state oil producer Petrobras, Pedro Parente, talks to Silvia Pavoni about the scandal-riven company's five-year plan to reduce its debts, how it is handling mounting environmental concerns, and what it is doing to cope in an era of low commodity prices. 

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Is a brighter future awaiting Brazil and its banks?

September 1, 2017

Brazilian banks have endured economic shocks and political turmoil in recent years and emerged for the most part unscathed. As conditions improve, reforms take place and the country’s powerful development bank refocuses its priorities, what does the future look like for them? Silvia Pavoni asks Brazil’s most influential bankers.

China renews interest in Brazilian infrastructure

July 3, 2017

China has confirmed its special relationship with Brazil by providing $15bn of a $20bn joint fund to finance infrastructure in the country. Silvia Pavoni reports on the impact this will have on the troubled Latin American economy.

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How will Brazil emerge from its political drama?

July 3, 2017

From infrastructure to green energy, Brazil offers myriad investment opportunities. However, such opportunities are contingent on the government not crumbling under corruption investigations, it managing to pass unpopular reforms, and it keeping its word on concession rules, writes Silvia Pavoni.

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How will Latin America's infrastructure needs be financed?

June 1, 2017

As recession and scandals continue to blight the region's economy, can Latin America’s infrastructure needs dovetail with those of international banks and investors? Silvia Pavoni reports.

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BNDES president explains bank's smaller focus

March 1, 2017

Brazil’s development bank, BNDES, has gone from dividing the economy into broad sectors to holding a narrower focus on individual requests for financing. Bank president Maria Silvia Bastos talks to Silvia Pavoni about incentivising green projects and life beyond the Petrobras scandal.

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Brazil relishes end of IPO dry season

February 1, 2017

Brazil’s confounding equity market can rise even when the economy dives and political scandals break. However, 2016 was so chaotic that initial public offerings struggled to launch. Politics permitting, things are about to change, writes Thierry Ogier.

Why a dose of reality is healthy for central bankers

October 3, 2016

Emerging market economies should take advantage of the current global liquidity while it lasts – but it is crucial that central bank targets for growth are realistic, and therefore credible, advises Brazil's central bank governor.

Brazil presents a tough task for Temer

May 23, 2016

Following the disarray of the Rousseff years, Brazil’s new president has his work cut out.

Brazilian banks weather the storm

Weathering the storm: Brazil's banks stay strong

March 1, 2016

Brazil’s banks have long experience of steering through choppy financial waters and were able to anticipate the country’s current difficulties with a range of pragmatic and forward-looking measures that have rewarded them with increased profits in a shrinking economy. 

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