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    World Cup Offers Final Kick In Pants For Brazilians

    The people of Brazil didn’t get much for hosting the World Cup, other than a bad economic deal and a couple of existentially gruesome national sporting humiliations. They did get a few extra days off—but even those, alas, aren’t free.

    / Sep 2, 2014 at 4:14 PM
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    Brazil’s World Cup: Zero Championships, Less-Than-Zero Net Economic Benefit

    You’d think that having a million foreigners flying hither and thither about your enormous country, dumping their dollars and euros and whatever into all manner of kit, feijoada and caiparinhas, might offer a little pick-me-up to the Brazilian economy. You know, like how it helped swell a little non-profit called FIFA’s coffers by $2.36 billion. […]

    / Jul 21, 2014 at 4:00 PM
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    Brazil Will Have To Win The World Cup To Get Anything Out Of It

    The World Cup will actually make things worse for the former postercountry for emerging markets, even before the locals burn Rio to the ground after the home XI go out in the quarterfinals.

    / Apr 2, 2014 at 10:30 AM
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    Rengan Rajaratnam Is Confident He’s Gonna Beat This Thing

    Raj Rajaratnam’s brother is in New York and is ready to become the first person in the government’s recent insider-trading crackdown to be acquitted by a jury of his peers.

    / Mar 25, 2013 at 3:47 PM
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    Bonus Watch ’12: JPMorgan

    The take-away here is put in for that transfer to Brazil? From the front lines:

    / Jan 18, 2012 at 11:13 AM
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    Headed To Colombia Any Time Soon?

    If so, might we suggest you tell whoever makes your travel arrangements to book you a flight on Colombia’s Aires airline, whose planes are protected by some sort of force field that allows them to struck by lightening, break into three pieces and only have one person (out of 131) die (and not as a […]

    / Aug 16, 2010 at 2:46 PM
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    South Korea Wants Your Money, Brazil Less So

    Naked short-selling has been blamed for many a market evil in recent years. Not so much any good. Well, here’s one in the controversial practice’s corner: South Korea may allow institutional investors to short-sell bonds in an effort to boost liquidity in its nascent fixed-income market. Now, it isn’t the short-selling, per se, that will […]

    / Nov 20, 2009 at 11:06 AM
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    Don’t Drink The Water: The Precatorio

    The following post is by a hedge fund manager friend of DB who shall remain nameless. He runs the emerging markets desk at his firm. Brazil has been one of the most confidence-inspiring credit stories in Emerging Markets. At the end of September, Moody’s awarded the country an investment grade rating. But while most of […]

    / Nov 2, 2009 at 12:30 PM
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    Brazil’s Geithner

    Tax evasion, insider transactions, Oil, Senate committees, potential corruption. Could be a prime-time dramatization of the Tim Geithner story (true, we haven’t found the Turbo Tax angle yet, but give the story some time to germinate), or just another bit of BRIC background noise. Petroleo Brasileiro SA, struggling to meet output targets and finance a […]

    / Aug 6, 2009 at 11:42 AM

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