In a statement, the Central Bank pointed out that it sees the Brazilian economy gaining ground and that “the recovery will continue at a gradual pace”. The Monetary Policy Committee (COPOM) decided on Wednesday to cut the SELIC by 0.5 percentage point for the fourth consecutive time, bringing interest rates down to 4.5 percent, the lowest basis interest rate in history.
The federal government will pay debts of R$1.815 billion to the United Nations (UN) and the BRICS bank (a group comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) by the end of the year. On the other hand, it will no longer honor commitments to the Latin American Development Bank (CAF), the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IDB Invest), the Financial Fund for the Development of the La Plata Basin (FONPLATA), and the International Development Agency (IDA).
XP Inc., Brazil’s largest brokerage by equity-trading volume, raised $1.96 billion in its U.S. initial public offering, pricing its shares above the marketed range. The company and its existing shareholders sold 72.5 million shares Tuesday for $27 each after offering them for $22 to $25, according to a statement. That gives XP a market value of about $14.9 billion based on the outstanding shares.
Shares in Brazilian telecoms Oi and Telefonica Brasil SA fell sharply in early trade on Tuesday, dragging the sector lower, after they were cited in the latest phase of the country’s sweeping Car Wash corruption probe. Oi’s preferred shares fell as much as 4.8% .
At the end of November 28, the federal government published Decree number 10.139/2019, requiring a review of all regulatory acts in the country within a period of 18 months. What at first appears to be merely another administrative act without any great importance, could, in fact, have serious effects on the entire federal apparatus.
President Jair Bolsonaro said trade with Argentina “will remain the same” despite his animosity with President-elect Alberto Fernandez but didn’t confirm whether Brazil will send a high-ranking representative to his inauguration in Buenos Aires.
The Government of the State of Rio de Janeiro approved R$302.4 (US$76) million in tax incentives for the Rio Motorsports company winner of a bid to build a racetrack in the Deodoro region (west side of the capital) to host F-1.
Brazil is transitioning to a world of normal interest rates, while consumer price inflation is below 4% and the central bank’s policy rate has been 5 per cent since October. As such corporate bond market has opened up and several large firms are retiring their overseas debt to borrow from the local market. Traditionally, bank lending to companies stood at an around 47 per cent a year, according to Anefac, an industry association.
It didn’t take much for the founders of Cora, Brazil’s newest startup to tackle some aspect of the broken financial services industry in the country, to raise their first $10 million.
As global concern about the fires devastating parts of the Amazon rainforest peaked in August, one of Scandinavia’s biggest investors dropped a bombshell. Nordea Asset Management which controls more than €200bn of funds, announced it was quarantining Brazilian government debt because of political and environmental risks.