from MacroScope:

Brazil: Something’s got to give

February 7, 2013

How about living in a fast-growing economy with tame inflation, record-low interest rates, stable exchange rate and shrinking public debt. Sounds like paradise, doesn't it? But Brazil may be starting to realize that this is also impossible.

from Photographers' Blog:

A living culture in downtown Rio

January 22, 2013

Rio de Janiero, Brazil

By Pilar Olivares

On the first day I appeared as a stranger, to photograph them without knowing their history or their story. The second day I understood what was going on and was able to talk with them at length about what they were doing. The third day I sat and had coffee with them, laughed with them, and listened to them talk about their villages and how hard it is to be in the city.

from Photographers' Blog:

A place that even the rain has abandoned

January 21, 2013

Across the drought-stricken states of Brazil

By Lunae Parracho

As white dust follows your car along dirt roads that cut through a maze of dry arteries while the burning sun dries out your skin, you realize that the wilderness is all around you.

from Global Investing:

Brazil’s inflation problem

January 16, 2013

When will Brazil's central bank admit it has an inflation problem? Markets will be watching today's rate-setting meeting for clues.

from The Edgy Optimist:

The bright side of the fiscal cliff

By Zachary Karabell
December 28, 2012

As 2012 sputters to a close, it wraps up with a yawning gap between widespread economic pessimism and the actual state of economic affairs.

from Global Investing:

The Watanabes are coming

December 28, 2012

With Shinzo Abe's new government intent on prodding the Bank of Japan into unlimited monetary easing, it is hardly surprising that the yen has slumped to two-year lows against the dollar. This could lead to even more flows into overseas markets from Japanese investors seeking higher-yield homes for their money.

from The Great Debate:

Who will be Rockefellers of BRIC nations?

By Charles Landow and Courtney Lobel
December 24, 2012

John D. Rockefeller’s immense wealth made “rich as a Rockefeller” part of the lexicon. But his legacy rests not on what he earned. As the founder of Standard Oil and the richest person in history, Rockefeller donated so much money during his life that he needed a team of philanthropy specialists to distribute it. The result was the Rockefeller Foundation, chartered in 1913 “to promote the well-being of mankind throughout the world.”

from Photographers' Blog:

I’m still losing friends

December 18, 2012

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

By Ricardo Moraes

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT

Rio de Janeiro is a truly diverse city where people of different types and economic classes live side by side. Many of its slums, or favelas, are strongholds of drug gangs who openly operate with high powered weapons in full view on the streets.

from Photographers' Blog:

A roof for the roofless

December 15, 2012

Sao Paulo, Brazil

By Nacho Doce

It was close to midnight on Sunday night, the hour at which 1,200 families planned to occupy 11 vacant buildings in downtown Sao Paulo. Their mission was to improve their own living conditions by occupying and squatting in the buildings long enough to make their eviction a long, drawn-out legal process, and in the meantime, go on with their daily lives.

from Photographers' Blog:

Mad dogs and motorcycles

December 12, 2012

Sao Paulo, Brazil

By Paulo Whitaker

Riding on two wheels in South America’s biggest city is not very safe. Authorities say three motorcyclists die every day in Sao Paulo.