Commodity prices have received a bad press in Brazil this year – blamed by finance minister Guido Mantega, among others, for the uptick in inflation.
Few areas of Brazilian business have been quite so competitive in recent years as mobile telecommunications.
By Javier Santiso, professor of economics, ESADE Business School, and director of the ESADE Centre for Global Economy and Geopolitics (ESADEgeo), Barcelona, Spain
On vested interests, the subprime threat and the problems facing small business
Investors still distrust the new government's spending plans. More clarity, especially on funding for the development bank, would help build confidence
With pre-salt bidding threatened by a royalties wrangle, Espirito Santo's Renato Casagrande tells Brazil Confidential that the pressure is on the federal government
Overheating remains the central question for Brazil forecasters: will the authorities cool growth, lending and inflation, or will asset bubbles and current-account deficits become dangerously swollen? Recent data has provided fodder for both sides of the debate.
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By Jerome Booth, Head of Research at Ashmore Investment Management Limited in London, UK
President Dilma Rousseff’s success in fending off trade-union pressure for a larger minimum wage represents an important victory for her six-week old administration.