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  • Tue, Nov. 29, 3:39 AM
    • Brazil's Senate is scheduled to hold a first-round vote today on a constitutional amendment that would cap government spending in inflation-adjusted terms for as long as 20 years.
    • The bill, which sailed through the lower house last month, is one of the cornerstones of President Michel Temer's effort to shore up confidence in Latin America's largest economy.
    • ETFs: EWZ, BRF, BRZU, BZF, EWZS, BZQ, BRAQ, BRAZ, UBR, DBBR, FBZ
    | Tue, Nov. 29, 3:39 AM | 1 Comment
  • Tue, Nov. 22, 4:01 AM
    • Brazil's real sold-off in the past fortnight as the U.S. election outcome takes its toll on emerging market currencies.
    • With the country struggling to exit its worst recession in over eight decades, the government also slashed its 2017 economic growth estimate to 1% from 1.6%.
    • The benchmark Selic rate is further expected to be lowered by 25 bps this month with more cuts predicted next year.
    • ETFs: EWZ, BRF, BRZU, BZF, EWZS, BZQ, BRAQ, BRAZ, UBR, DBBR, FBZ
    | Tue, Nov. 22, 4:01 AM
  • Fri, Nov. 11, 4:15 AM
    • Brazil has been plunged into a fresh bout of political uncertainty after lawyers for former president Dilma Rousseff presented evidence suggesting her successor, Michel Temer, accepted bribes from a construction company.
    • If the court rules that occurred, it could reverse her entire ticket's win. That would mean Temer, a member of the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party, would also be removed from office.
    • ETFs: EWZ, BRF, BRZU, BZF, EWZS, BZQ, BRAQ, BRAZ, UBR, DBBR, FBZ
    | Fri, Nov. 11, 4:15 AM | 2 Comments
  • Tue, Oct. 11, 3:11 AM
    • Brazil's lower house of Congress has approved a landmark proposal to cap public spending, a major victory for President Temer's efforts to regain market confidence and pull the economy out of its worst recession ever.
    • Separately, corruption charges against former President Lula da Silva are piling up as prosecutors accused him of an alleged bribery scheme related to contracts in Angola. If found guilty, he could face up to 35 years in prison.
    • ETFs: EWZ, BRF, BRZU, BZF, EWZS, BZQ, BRAQ, BRAZ, UBR, DBBR, FBZ
    | Tue, Oct. 11, 3:11 AM
  • Thu, Sep. 1, 4:49 AM
    • Labeling it a parliamentary coup, Brazil's former President Dilma Rousseff has pledged to appeal her impeachment, calling on supporters to fight a conservative agenda empowered by her dismissal.
    • "Right now I will not say goodbye to you. I am certain I can say, 'See you soon,'" she said in Brasilia.
    • Thousands also took to the streets of Rio last night to protest the swearing-in of Michel Temer as President.
    • ETFs: EWZ, BRF, BRZU, BZF, EWZS, BZQ, BRAQ, BRAZ, UBR, DBBR, FBZ
    | Thu, Sep. 1, 4:49 AM | 4 Comments
  • Wed, Aug. 31, 3:40 AM
    • Brazil's Senate continued the final phase of President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment trial late Tuesday, though the debate isn't expected to sway lawmakers from ousting her in a vote this morning.
    • Rousseff's administration is accused of using illegal loans from state banks to camouflage the precarious state of Brazil's federal finances.
    • ETFs: EWZ, BRF, BRZU, BZF, EWZS, BZQ, BRAQ, BRAZ, UBR, DBBR, FBZ
    | Wed, Aug. 31, 3:40 AM
  • Mon, Aug. 29, 3:06 PM
    • “My conscience is clear," she tells lawmakers turned judges. "I did not commit a crime.” She says the impeachment process has worsened the country's recession, and calls interim President Michel Temer a "usurper." Brazil, she says, would not have elected someone who picked a Cabinet of all white men in a country more than 50% non-white, she adds.
    • The Senate votes on Rousseff's fate either tomorrow or Wednesday. Meanwhile, there's plenty of economic news coming this week, including Q2 GDP, August wholesale inflation, and government budget numbers. The central bank meets Wednesday and is expected to hold its benchmark rate steady at 14.25%.
    • The Brazilian real (NYSEARCA:BZF) continues to move higher, up 0.6% today and 22% for the year. The Bovespa is up 1.8% this session.
    • ETFs: EWZ, BRF, BRZU, EWZS, BZQ, BRAQ, BRAZ, UBR, DBBR, FBZ
    | Mon, Aug. 29, 3:06 PM
  • Thu, Aug. 25, 3:14 AM
    • Brazil's Senate is today due to begin the impeachment trial of suspended President Dilma Rousseff for violating budget laws.
    • Rousseff's opponents need 54 of 81 senators to vote for her impeachment, after which she will be removed from office and replaced by Vice President Michel Temer.
    • A poll shows that 51 senators will vote to dismiss Rousseff, 19 will support her and 11 are undecided.
    • Brazilian markets have rallied lately over the prospect of the right-wing Temer permanently taking over from the leftist Rouseff, although Temer faces having to drag the economy out of its its worst recession since the Great Depression and bringing down a massive budget deficit.
    • ETFs: EWZ, BRF, BRZU, BZF, EWZS, BZQ, BRAQ, BRAZ, UBR, DBBR, FBZ
    | Thu, Aug. 25, 3:14 AM | 5 Comments
  • Wed, Aug. 10, 2:20 AM
    • The real closed at more than a one-year high after Brazil's Senate voted 59 to 21 to put suspended President Dilma Rousseff on an impeachment trial for illegally financing government spending.
    • The decision could seal her downfall and cement the power of her successor, Michel Temer, as early as this month.
    • ETFs: EWZ, BRF, BRZU, BZF, EWZS, BZQ, BRAQ, BRAZ, UBR, DBBR, FBZ
    | Wed, Aug. 10, 2:20 AM | 4 Comments
  • Tue, Aug. 9, 4:59 AM
    • Brazil's Senate will vote today on starting the impeachment trial against President Dilma Rousseff, which could begin as soon as August 25.
    • Financial markets have rallied since her vice president, Michel Temer, took over in May with proposals to adopt more market-friendly policies and rein in a near-record budget deficit.
    • ETFs: EWZ, BRF, BRZU, BZF, EWZS, BZQ, BRAZ, UBR, DBBR, FBZ
    | Tue, Aug. 9, 4:59 AM
  • Fri, Aug. 5, 4:28 AM
    • The start of the Olympics in Rio today has been shadowed by a storm of bad news - not including a Zika outbreak that prompted 150 health officials to recommend moving the games out of the city as a public safety measure.
    • Political uncertainty, protests, violent crime, infrastructure failures and poverty are set to greet spectators this weekend in an event that some economists say could mean upward of $15B in losses for Brazil.
    • ETFs: EWZ, BRF, BRZU, BZF, EWZS, BZQ, BRAQ, BRAZ, UBR, DBBR, FBZ
    | Fri, Aug. 5, 4:28 AM | 10 Comments
  • Tue, Jul. 26, 4:54 AM
    • Days before the Summer Olympics begin in Brazil, the country's central bank will release June's current-account figures.
    • Brazil has a shrinking deficit, and the data could reflect potential damage from a recent strengthening of the real.
    • While some athletes are staying away from the games this year due to Zika concerns, over 10,000 players are expected to participate.
    • ETFs: EWZ, BRF, BRZU, BZF, EWZS, BZQ, BRAQ, BRAZ, UBR, DBBR, FBZ
    | Tue, Jul. 26, 4:54 AM
  • Tue, Mar. 29, 2:42 AM
    • Brazil's largest party will decide whether to break away from President Dilma Rousseff's floundering coalition today, sharply raising the odds she'll be impeached amid a corruption scandal.
    • Brazil's stocks and currency rose Monday on the prospect of her removal. Many blame Rousseff for running Latin America's largest economy into the ground, as the country grapples with a major Zika epidemic and scrambles to host the Olympic Games in August.
    • ETFs: EWZ, BRF, BRZU, EWZS, BZF, BRAQ, BZQ, BRAZ, UBR, DBBR, FBZ
    | Tue, Mar. 29, 2:42 AM | 3 Comments
  • Thu, Mar. 17, 11:57 AM
    | Thu, Mar. 17, 11:57 AM | 12 Comments
  • Wed, Mar. 16, 11:56 AM
    • Former President Lula de Silva will become chief of staff for President Dilma Rousseff, meaning only the country's Supreme Court has the power to put him on trial.
    • “This seems to be another shot in the dark by this government that is desperate to remain in power," says an analyst.
    • Also impacting is chatter that central bank President Tombini will exit his post.
    • The Bovespa has added to yesterday's 3.6% plunge with a 1% decline so far this session. The real off another 1.6% vs. the dollar.
    • EWZ -1.5%
    • ETFs: EWZ, BRF, BRZU, EWZS, BRAQ, BZQ, BRAZ, BRAF, UBR, DBBR, FBZ, BZF
    • Previously: Brazil rally halted on word Lula to enter Rousseff government (March 15)
    | Wed, Mar. 16, 11:56 AM | 1 Comment
  • Fri, Mar. 11, 8:24 AM
    • Over the past three weeks, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's top campaign strategist was arrested for receiving a $75M bribe, her government's former leader in the Senate - as part of a plea deal - reportedly alleged that Rousseff pushed judges to release allies imprisoned on graft charges, and former president Lula has been charged in a money laundering scheme.
    • For her part, Rousseff - the former chairman at Petrobas - has denied any wrongdoing, and says the whole thing is political.
    • The latest events have spurred efforts to remove Rousseff, whether by impeachment or by annulling the results of the 2014 election. Her largest ally in the ruling coalition - the Democratic Movement Party - holds its national convention tomorrow, and will discuss severing ties.
    • Markets seem to like the idea of a Rousseff exit, with stocks and the real surging further each time the scandal moves closer to her.
    • The iShares MSCI Brazil Index ETF (NYSEARCA:EWZ) is up a whopping 25.6% YTD (though still lower by 18.7% Y/Y).
    • ETFs: EWZ, BRF, BRZU, EWZS, BZF, BRAQ, BZQ, BRAZ, BRAF, UBR, DBBR, FBZ
    • Previously: Brazil corruption scandal threatens Rousseff coalition (March 11)
    • Previously: Brazil's Lula charged with money laundering (March 10)
    | Fri, Mar. 11, 8:24 AM | 2 Comments
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