Tag Archives: Favela

Rio Security: Call it Operation Iraq?

Some private equity investors at Stanford would like me and another Stanford graduate to help them with security issues in Brazil. Like many people around the world, their views of Brazil are influenced by films like Tropa de Elite 2.  … Continue reading

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Shanty Life in Brazil: Onward and Upward

The Economist’s review of a long-term study of favela residents in Rio de Janeiro points out the social mobility behind the middle class in emerging markets – as well as the risk from the drug trade. “Still, for a while … 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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Policing in Rio impacts Economics ahead of Olympic Preparation

A traveler in Rio sees two police with AR-15 rifles at the entrance to a favela midway between Copacobana and Ipanema, less than a football field from the finest beaches in the world. Yards away, more police stand watch, while … Continue reading

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Brazilian economy is growing too fast. Expect new hike in interest rates. What effect on Brazilian housing industry?

To foreign eyes Brazilian real state is a catch. A population of almost 200 million and an historic housing deficit makes an interesting combination. Interest rates have always been the main contrain. And now, with the return of inflationary pressures, … Continue reading

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