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May 27, 2011

IMF forum: No easy fixes for hot emerging markets

RIO DE JANEIRO, May 27 (Reuters) – Policy-makers in
emerging markets need to keep reaching for a broad mix of tools
to cope with the heavy capital flows that have caused
strong-currency headaches and led to fears of asset bubbles –
because such flows are here to stay.

That is largely good news, said economists and officials at
a conference on capital flows held by the IMF and Brazil’s
finance ministry. Hot economies such as Brazil and Indonesia
may see less fallout than some fear when the U.S. Federal
Reserve eventually raises interest rates, tightening the tap on
cheap funds that flooded into Latin America and Asia in search
of higher returns.

May 26, 2011

IMF sees few risks from end of Fed’s QE2

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – The end of the latest phase of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s loose monetary policy is unlikely to cause a major pullback of funds from emerging markets and should be a “minor event,” the International Monetary Fund’s chief economist told Reuters on Thursday.

The Fed’s quantitative easing program has been blamed by some officials in emerging markets for encouraging a flood of funds that have pushed up currencies and created overheating pressures in countries such as Brazil.

May 25, 2011

iPad prospects spur Brazil high-tech drive

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – The prospect of a mammoth $12 billion investment by iPhone maker Foxconn Technology Group has sent Brazilian government officials scrambling to rethink the country’s industrial policy.

The aim is to nurture a high-tech industry that will slash Brazil’s costly dependence on tech imports and create a complete production chain in Brazil to feed rampant demand for products like smartphones and tablet computers.

May 25, 2011

Analysis: iPad prospects spur Brazil high-tech drive

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – The prospect of a mammoth $12 billion investment by iPhone maker Foxconn Technology Group has sent Brazilian government officials scrambling to rethink the country’s industrial policy.

The aim is to nurture a high-tech industry that will slash Brazil’s costly dependence on tech imports and create a complete production chain in Brazil to feed rampant demand for products like smartphones and tablet computers.

May 19, 2011
May 19, 2011

Deforestation surges as Brazil eyes new land law

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon surged in March and April, the government said on Wednesday, fueling criticism that a proposed law to ease land-use rules may be spurring illegal tree-felling.

Brazil’s Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira told reporters the government was creating a “crisis cabinet” to investigate the jump in destruction of the forest, which mostly occurred in the center-west farming state of Mato Grosso.

May 16, 2011

China to broaden Brazil investments, trade ties

BRASILIA, May 16 (Reuters) – China moved to smooth its
lopsided economic relations with Brazil on Monday, saying it
was open to more Brazilian exports and that Chinese firms will
broaden their investments in Latin America’s largest economy.

A rapid expansion in trade and investment ties between the
two emerging market giants has brought tensions, especially
from Brazilian manufacturers who complain that cheap Chinese
imports are destroying their competitiveness.

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      "I cover the politics, economics and people of Southeast Asia from Kuala Lumpur, where I also act as head of editorial for Malaysia and Brunei. I joined Reuters on the Singapore editing desk back in 1997 and have been on the move ever since, from Japan to the Philippines to the U.S.A and then Brazil."
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