Wealth management firm Zedra has reported a significant rise in the number of requests from clients based in Latin America, asking for a review of both their succession planning and structuring strategies. While not linked directly to the Covid-19 outbreak, Zedra believes the publicity surrounding the pandemic has acted as a catalyst, prompting clients to review how their estates will be managed.
Brazilian product keeps shipping to Kuwait amid the lockdown, said Brazil’s ambassador to Kuwait Norton Rapesta. Q1 2020 saw $56.96 million in goods exported from Brazil to Kuwait, with poultry comprising over 80% of that. The amount was up 20.8% from Q1 2019. In March alone, exports from Brazil came out to $17.32 million, up 2.6% year-on-year, with poultry products accounting for 90%.
Brazil’s domestic corn prices remain high amid heated local consumption, INTL FCStone said in a presentation, adding Brazil’s second-corn crop forward sales is at 58%, signalling strong exports of the cereal in the second half of the year.
Brazilian asset managers have had relative success in managing market risk and preserving fund liquidity within their strategies, despite the impact of Coronavirus pandemic. In terms of investment flows, the Brazilian asset management industry experienced aggregate outflows of BRL31 billion ($5.9 billion) during March 2020, representing 0.6% of total asset under management, according to Anbima figures.
Brazilian sugar and ethanol companies are going into survival mode, cutting back harvest operations and tapping into credit lines to weather the slump in fuel demand caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Ethanol sales in Brazil’s top fuel consuming central-south region dropped 20% in the second half of March, according to sugar industry group Unica.