Investor Report Brazil: Dangerous game

Investor Report Brazil: Dangerous game

Mexico Economy & Policy

By Thierry Ogier Guido Mantega, Brazil’s finance minister, has been piloting policy in Latin America’s largest economy for the past six years. He likes referring to himself as a player who passes the ball to his teammate, who then smashes it into the net and scores – a kind of GDP catalyst. But the Brazilian economy has faced an uphill battle in 2012, and the year may end without any goals at all. Brazilian monetary and fiscal authorities had predicted a long duration, low-intensity crisis in the eurozone. But this has spread dangerously from the periphery to the core of the single currency area. “The European crisis has proved even stronger than we originally envisaged, even though

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