Monthly Archives: January 2011

Sex Tourism in Brazil

Gringos (Portuguese slang for foreigners) still have strong stereotypes about Brazilian people. The three most common may still be: great footballers, samba dancers, and beautiful women. The average Brazilian is perceived as someone very attractive, easygoing, and who loves to … Continue reading

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Banco do Brasil expands in the US and Africa

Bank of Brazil announced  this week the purchase of a bank in Miami, USA and signing a joint venture with Portuguese bank Espirito Santo and Brazilian rival Bradesco. The acquisitions are part of the internationalization strategy of Brazil biggest public bank, , which includes Latin … Continue reading

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2011 in person: Dilma Rousseff

The Economist’s 2011 prospective edition covers new Brazilian President, Dilma Rousseff — Like a relay runner receiving the baton yards ahead of her nearest rival, Dilma Rousseff assumes the Brazilian presidency at the head of the strongest government in years, … Continue reading

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Brazilian IPOs 2011: What investment bankers are forecasting

Great expectations surround Brazilian IPOs in 2011. After a 10% rise last year, investment bankers are forecasting a more mature and busy year for IPOs in Brazil. We collected two significant points of view from the Brazilian market: ITAU BBA … Continue reading

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Iberdrola Agrees To Buy Brazil Elektro For $2.4B

Fresh news from The Wall Street Journal: A Spanish company, Iberdrola, has agreed to but Brazil’s Elektro for $2.4B. Nonetheless, the deal needs regulatory approval, expected to be completed in three to six months. The optimistic writer of this blog hopes that … Continue reading

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BRICs: Trillon Dollar Club

In an excellent piece with a very useful graphic, The Economist contrasts and compares the BRICs according to several categories, pointing out that the four countries are far from homogenous. “The BRICs have also stepped up competition between one another … Continue reading

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THE book about Brazilian history

A Parisian friend asked me to suggest him a book about Brazilian history. He got a very quick answer: “1808 – How a mad queen, a fearful prince, and a corrupt court deceived Napoleon and changed the history of Portugal … Continue reading

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