from MacroScope:

Whiffs of interest rate cuts in Brazil

March 30, 2016

Brazilian Central bank chief Alexandre Tombini leaves the Economic Affairs Committee of the Senate in Brasilia December 16, 2014. Tombini repeated on Tuesday that the bank's forex intervention program has met its goals and that the current stock of swaps has fulfilled businesses' demand for currency protection. The comments raised doubts about the continuity of the bank's currency intervention into 2015. Tombini clarified, however, that the bank is currently deciding on new terms for the program that will take effect as of next year. His comments were not enough to ease investors' concerns. The real weakened further after he spoke, trading at 2.781 per dollar, nearly 2 percent weaker, as the market expected more details on the program that currently sells $200 million worth of currency swaps per day. REUTERS/Joedson Alves (BRAZIL - Tags: BUSINESS POLITICS HEADSHOT) - RTR4I9C8 As impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff grows more likely, chances are rising that Brazil's central bank may also go under new management in a matter of months.

from Viewsroom:

Bookstores back, Redstone out, Zika lurks

February 8, 2016

Internet-retailer Amazon embraces bricks and mortar, while the soap opera around Viacom's aged founder continues. Plus, panic over the dangerous virus is Brazil's Achilles heel.

from The Great Debate:

With Zika, ethical and medical questions — and few answers

February 2, 2016

A pregnant woman waits to be attended to at the Women's National Hospital in San Salvador, El Salvador January 29, 2016. El Salvador on January 21 urged women in the Central American nation to avoid getting pregnant until 2018 to avoid their children developing birth defects from the mosquito-borne Zika virus which has rampaged through the Americas. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas - RTX24MYV

A pregnant woman waits to be attended to at the Women's National Hospital in San Salvador, El Salvador January 29, 2016. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas

from The Great Debate:

Why you can’t just wipe out mosquitoes to get rid of the Zika virus

February 1, 2016

A sterile female Aedes aegypti mosquito is seen on the forearm of a health technician in a research area to prevent the spread of Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases, at the entomology department of the Ministry of Public Health, in Guatemala City, January 28, 2016. REUTERS/Josue Decavele - RTX24H8P

A sterile female Aedes aegypti mosquito is seen on the forearm of a health technician in a research area to prevent the spread of Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases, at the entomology department of the Ministry of Public Health, in Guatemala City, January 28, 2016. REUTERS/Josue Decavele

from The Great Debate:

Why Zika may be as tough to beat as Ebola

January 28, 2016

Child Neurologist Vanessa Van Der Linden observes the X-ray of a baby's skull with microcephaly at the hospital Barao de Lucena in Recife, Brazil, January 26, 2016. Health authorities in the Brazilian state at the center of a rapidly spreading Zika outbreak have been overwhelmed by the alarming surge in cases of babies born with microcephaly, a neurological disorder associated to the mosquito-borne virus. Picture taken on January 26, 2016.  REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino - RTX24A51

Child Neurologist Vanessa Van Der Linden observes the X-ray of a baby's skull with microcephaly at the hospital Barao de Lucena in Recife, Brazil, January 26, 2016.  REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

from Breakingviews:

Host Brazil may challenge for 2016 Olympics glory

December 24, 2015

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Viewsroom:

Cracking the predictions book

December 23, 2015

Breakingviews' volume of prescient insight for 2016 includes forecasts about M&A, oil, interest rates, the Olympics, Star Wars booty and much more. Ren Holding and Antony Currie pick their favorites.

from MacroScope:

Prospects still slim for major global economic pickup

December 22, 2015

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The world economy may be set for another year like 2015, with modest growth in developed economies offsetting persistent weakness elsewhere but generating very little inflation and keeping interest rates low.

from Breakingviews:

BTG Pactual woes echo its history in reverse

December 4, 2015

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews journalist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Breakingviews:

Impeaching Rousseff as likely to falter as Brazil

December 3, 2015

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.