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08/08/06 How Low Can Interest Rates Go in Brazil?

The interest rate level has been a permanent focus of attention in the analysis of the Brazilian economy. The reason is that the nation’s interest rates have been, for decades, among the highest in the world. At its last meeting...

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08/08/06 The Latest Poll Results are In… Lula Remains the Front-Runner in the Presidential Race

As campaigning was beginning to intensify in early August in the run-up to the 2006 general elections, NewsBulletin sat down with Ricardo Guedes, President and Director of the Sensus Institute, a leading market and opinion...

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07/28/06 Brazil’s Political and Economic Outlook Remains Strong but Reforms Needed

New York, NY (July 28, 2006) — During a breakfast seminar on July 26th at the headquarters of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in midtown Manhattan, a distinguished panel of economists and investment bankers analyzed Brazil’s...

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06/11/06 Realizing the Business Potential of Brazilian Soccer

The Brazilian government needs to intervene in Brazilian Soccer in order for the industry to realize its full economic potential.  Such an assertion probably sounds insane for those that defend liberal economic theory in which...

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06/11/06 The Digital Television Revolution in Brazil

 As television around the world begins its digital revolution, Brazilian authorities are considering launching their own domestic version of the technology, a US$1 billion bet on potential demand from 180 million consumers. If...

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06/11/06 Protectionism – European Style

 Brazil is the world’s largest producer of instant coffee, but we are losing ground in international markets.  While instant coffee processors in Europe increased their share of the market from 48% to 68%, Brazil’s share of the...

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06/11/06 Recent Victories in Brazil’s Anti-Piracy Crusade

Brazil’s Receita Federal (RF), or Federal Revenue and Customs Administration, seized more than 3.6 million CD-Rs and DVD-Rs in the second half of May 2006 in Itajaí (SC), bringing the total for the year to more than 11 million...

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06/11/06 Can Lula Win in the First Round?

 Having recovered his popularity at the end of last year, Lula has maintained a comfortable lead over all potential opponents ever since. The exception, of course, would have been José Serra (PSDB), then mayor of São Paulo. But...

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06/11/06 Working Towards a WTO Agreement

 The political issues surrounding the Doha Round necessitate a high degree of responsibility and adeptness on the part of the negotiators.  If we analyze the recent past and the debt that the international trade system has with...

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06/11/06 The Future of Brazil’s Music Industry

What can be said about a country that ranks in the top ten markets in the world for CD sales, but no longer seems able to develop its own megastars.   Huge circulation numbers are a thing of the past.  The trend is towards...

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06/11/06 The Pan American Games Rio 2007: Taking a Closer Look at the Potential Economic Impact of the Games

International sports competitions have become major productions that spark strong interest from the general public, the media and sponsors alike.  Today, sports and entertainment walk hand in hand.  Mega-events such as the...

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06/11/06 A Outra Copa: Brazil and the Doha Round

While the world’s attention is focused on the World Cup games in Germany, a much more important “World Cup” may soon be decided in Geneva where trade negotiators from 50 countries are gathered to decide the fate of the Doha Round...

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06/08/06 Bucking the Global Tightening Trend

Last month, as central banks around the globe scurried to hike interest rates, Brazil’s Central Bank showed little hesitancy in cutting rates at home.  And despite the market turmoil seen in both developed and emerging markets as...

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06/08/06 Brazil’s Music Industry Faces New Challenges

The music industry suffered a downturn in 2005, not only in Brazil but around the globe.  Brazil’s music market generated R$615.2 million in sales revenue in 2005 according to data provided by the major labels to the Brazilian...

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04/08/06 Brazil’s Use of Open-Source Software on the Rise

 An innovative program from the Brazilian government called PC Conectado, which encourages Brazilians to acquire inexpensive computers to connect to the Internet, sparked a 100% increase in PC sales in 2005.    The target...

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04/08/06 The 2006 Presidential Race Takes Shape

 Old sins cast long shadows.  Fortunately, however, their harmful effects can wane over time. The choice of São Paulo Governor Geraldo Alckimin to run as the PSDB candidate in the forthcoming presidential election is more of a...

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04/08/06 Brazil – Wasting an Exceptional Opportunity?

Over the past few years, Brazil has experienced a major improvement in its economic fundamentals thanks to exceptionally favorable external conditions and sound macroeconomic policies at home.  Its external accounts have...

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04/08/06 Capitalizing on the “Near-Shore” Advantage: Outsourcing of IT and Software Services to Brazil is on the Rise

Companies interested in world-class offshore outsourcing no longer need to traverse 12 time zones to find strategic partners.  Brazil has quickly emerged as an attractive new destination in this growing industry. One time zone...

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04/08/06 Financial Software and the Brazilian Marketplace

    The software industry is booming in Brazil.  Brazil and the Lula administration are strongly focused on making Brazil a software giant on par with India and China.  Brazil is looking to export over US$400 million in software...

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04/08/06 A Revitalized FTAA Takes Shape Spurred by Bilateral Agreements and China

Critics of a free trade agreement in the Americas like to point to what they perceive as missed deadlines and lost opportunities to argue that a hemisphere-wide pact is dead and gone.     But such thinking ignores a fundamental...

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