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Country Report; September 2014


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A close presidential race and a lackluster economy cloud Brazil’s prospects.

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The Economist Intelligence Unit’s report on Brazil is a well-informed and up-to-date look at what continues to be a fluid situation in the midst of a contentious electoral campaign. Indeed, at the time of writing, incumbent president Dilma Rousseff faced probusiness candidate Aécio Neves in a run-off election in late October 2014. The report lays out a compelling narrative on the challenges ahead for the nation, regardless of who will lead it. getAbstract commends this survey to executives, portfolio managers and country analysts, all of whom will find this study equally informative and actionable.


The Brazilian economy staggers along, as do Brazilian politics, entrenched in a coalition system of nearly 30 political parties that requires extensive horse trading in the service of expediency. That stasis will likely continue no matter who wins the October 2014 presidential election. The incumbent, Dilma Rousseff, confronts her challengers in the wake of a lackluster economy – Brazil’s GDP shrank 0.2% and 0.6% in the first and second quarters of 2014, respectively – and low business confidence. Whoever prevails in the election will have to continue to deal with mediocre...

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