Investing ahead of Brazil's 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics
Plunging gilt yields send pension schemesin search for alternatives
Brazil Current Account View Improves in July
Brazil: A revitalized Rio for the 2016 Olympics
Brazil Stocks Open Higher Ahead of Central Bank Rate Decision
Brazil to invest $66 billion in roads, railways
Gold rises on stimulus hopes; vulnerable if Fed disappoints
FTSE ends flat as G4S shares drop
Last Great Investment Opportunity in Brazil
UPDATE 2-Foreign investment in Brazil jumps, defies global slowdown
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Yesterday I discussed the economic benefits for Brazil hosting both the 2014 World Cup in football and the 2016 Summer Olympics. Overall the short-term gains will likely be limited, but longer-term prospects are promising as the country improves its infrastructure significantly and shows signs of positive developments.
Furthermore I mentioned a few industries within Brazil that will be the biggest gainers from being the host country of the two sport events. The sectors highlighted were mainly tourism, retail, construction, telecommunication and transportation. Let's now look at a few individual companies.
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BRASILIA--The outlook for Brazil's current account balance improved in July as the country's trade surplus widened during the month amid recent improving terms of trade.
The central bank reported the country's current account deficit narrowed in July to $3.8 billion from $4.4 billion in June.
Despite the narrowing of the monthly deficit, Brazil's 12-month current account deficit continued to widen in July, to $52.0 billion, or 2.2% of gross domestic product, from $51.8 billion in June.
Central bank authorities, meanwhile, expect that with the latest figures the country remains on track to meet projections of a year-end deficit around $56 billion.
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil ‐ While Brazilians were competing for medals at the London Olympics, a team of executives and politicians discussed strategies to ensure that Rio delivers in 2016, when it hosts the competition.
One of the projects that already is being implemented is the so-called "Porto Maravilha" (Marvelous Port), a R$7.6 billion (US$3.77 billion) overhaul aimed at revitalizing Rio de Janeiro's port area, similar to the improvements made in other cities that have hosted the Olympics.
The idea is to improve local services; increase access to the water supply and sewage systems; alleviate traffic congestion throughout the region; and offer additional leisure options to tourists who will visit Rio in 2016.
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) ‐ Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff announced a nearly $66 billion investment package on Wednesday to beef up the nation's ailing road and rail systems, part of efforts to solve serious transportation bottlenecks and spur a sputtering economy.
The investment includes laying 10,000 kilometers (6,200 miles) of train tracks and building or widening 7,500 kilometers (4,660 miles) of federal highways. Rousseff said the government would soon announce other packages aimed at airports, ports and transportation on waterways, other areas where serious deficiencies are seen as hobbling the South American giant's growth.
Gold edged up on Tuesday as weak U.S. consumer confidence boosted speculation of new stimulus from the Federal Reserve, but some analysts warned of a possible sell-off if the U.S. central bank does not commit to more monetary easing.
Bullion climbed slightly on a weak dollar as investors expected the Fed may unveil another round of stimulus at the annual symposium of central bankers and finance ministers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke is due to deliver a speech on Friday.
Gold investors could quickly unwind bullish positions if Bernanke does not signal readiness to launch a third round of government bond buying, or quantitative easing, analysts said.
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Embattled security firm G4S was among the biggest losers on London's leading shares index on Tuesday after it revealed a £50 million loss on its bungled Olympics contract.
The stock was down 2%, or 5.2p to 261p, after it reported a sharp drop in half-year pre-tax profits to £61 million from £151 million a year earlier in results dominated by its London 2012 security staffing debacle.
The wider FTSE 100 Index failed to make progress, down 0.9 points at 5775.7, amid investor caution over fresh eurozone worries and disappointing data in the US.
Piauí is a state with 252 thousand square meters and 3.2 million inhabitants. It is rich in opportunities. Just to give you an example, Piauí boasts that is has 6 billion hectares of land which is good for agriculture, while 80% of the land is unspoiled and ready to be cultivated. That is why Piauí has an enormous potential for food production and agro-industry. Besides that, Piauí has a lot of natural resources and opportunities in the mining area, with all the metals and phosphates, gold, diamonds, nickel, iron, etc. that can generate wealth and job opportunities.
There is also an enormous opportunity in the tourism sector; not only for the tourism in relation to big events, but also for eco-tourism. We also have 66 km of beaches and the only open sea delta in Latin America.
The Piauí State has excellent federal roads (2500 km) and 5000 km of state roads, which allow good logistics, but we continue to grow. We are investing in railroads in partnership with the Federal Government. Transnordestina represents 400 km of railway in the Piauí state and it goes to 2 other important states: Pernambuco and Ceará. This facilitates the flow of all of our production in terms of minerals and agricultural business.
BRASILIA, Aug 23 (Reuters) - Foreign direct investment in Brazil surged to a 1-1/2-year high in July, defying slowing growth in the domestic and global economies and fully covering a shrinking current account gap.
The current account deficit was $3.766 billion in July, central bank data showed, narrower than the $4.4 billion deficit in June and smaller than the median of market analysts' expectations.
That gap was fully covered by a surge in foreign direct investment, which falls under the capital account in the balance of payments. FDI jumped to $8.421 billion in July, well above the $5.8 billion of June.
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