Monthly Archives: December 2010

Brazil needs to be more innovative

Brazil needs to be more innovative: The excellent Schumpeter column drives home the point that not all BRICs are equal. “Can their country become an innovator in its own right, or is its recent growth little more than a by-product … Continue reading

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Brazil and Peacekeeping: Policy Not Altruism

The Economist covers Brazil’s military/ police competence in peace-keeping, which is virtually identical to the counterinsurgency (COIN) as practiced by American Marines in Iraq and Afganistan – a parallel which should be noted if Brazil and American interests align in … Continue reading

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The Big Mac index

The Economist’s Big Mac Index shows that a burger is undervalued in China, but overvalued in Brazil. “Since 14.5 yuan can buy as much burger as $3.71, a yuan should be worth $0.26 on the foreign-exchange market. In fact, it … Continue reading

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Brazil’s Bolsa Familia

The Economist covers the Brazilian bolsa familia anti-poverty program which has been copied elsewhere, and may have lead to some development of an emerging markets middle class. “Brazil has made huge strides in poverty reduction and the programme has played … Continue reading

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The New Middle Class in Emerging Markets: Burgeoning Buergeoisie

Articles on the middle class in emerging markets make me believe that the recent violence leading to better security in Rio de Janeiro is long-term bullish for Brazil and Emerging Markets; phases of counterinsurgency in Iraq or Afghanistan could be … Continue reading

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Security in Brazil: A Magic Moment for the city of God

The Economist notes that better security in favelas is leading to economic development for the middle class in the emerging markets. The specifics of the policing parallel what the Americans call counterinsurgency (COIN), as applied widely in Iraq and Afghanistan, … Continue reading

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Global Monetary System

In a survey of the global monetary system, The Economist notes that the increased taxes that Brazil and other emerging states have used to slow capital inflows have been endorsed by the IMF (International Monetary Fund). “For the past decade … Continue reading

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