Friday, September 20, 2013

Brazilian Interest Rate

Brazilian central bank continues to take steps to tighten credit by issuing another increase in its key interest rate.  Excerpt from the Telegraph:

Like other emerging economies, Brazil is struggling with a massive outflow of capital that has dragged down the value of its local currency and increased costs for companies indebted in US dollars. 

That is specially worrying for Brazil, which was already suffering with high inflation, soft consumer demand and dwindling investor appetite as its economy struggles to return to the glory days of above 4pc growth per year. 

The central bank's monetary policy committee, or Copom, announced another half a percentage point hike to 9pc on Wdnesday in a bid to ease those inflationary fears and rebuild confidence eroded by erratic government policies. 

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