Worldview Podcast: Not Just BRICs and Mortar
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In recent years, Brazil has been touted as one of the most promising and fastest growing emerging markets for investors. Although growth has recently slowed down, events such as the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics still on the horizon may recharge the market. Geoffrey Pazzanese, Vice President of Federated Global Investment Management, gives an overview of Brazil's current and potential investment opportunities.
Notable facts about Brazil:
- With the upcoming 2014 World Cup, Brazil will increase its investment in civil infrastructure, transportation, and stadiums.
- Public housing is one of Brazil's largest investments at R$ 1 trillion (BRL).
- The poverty level is at 26%, in line with India and higher than Mexico.
- By 2014, the poverty rate as a percentage of the share of population is expected to be below 10%. (In 2003, it was 30%).
- The recent rise in the middle class has increased consumer spending on items like white goods, cars, clothes, and homes.
- Ease of doing business in Brazil is relatively poor because of heavy bureaucracy and a shortage of lawyers to help cut through the red tape. This is a major hindrance of growth.