Political risk deepened in Brazil as government allies considered a replacement of Temer after federal police carried out search and arrest warrants throughout the capital in response to O Globo reports on leaked testimony indicating that Temer approved payoffs to acquire the silence of Eduardo Cunha, the man behind last year’s ouster of former president Dilma Rousseff.
Brazilian assets are “going to be at heavy risk of further punishment as this news continues to develop, and it’s likely that investors will now develop a risk-off approach to the market,” Jameel Ahmad, the vice-president for market research at foreign exchange brokerage FXTM, told Bloomberg.
However, some are looking at this sudden sell-off as an opportunity to jump in. For instance, Ray Zucaro, the chief investment officer, said he going to be hunting for bargains.
“I am trying to do my homework to see what is cheap,” Zucaro told Bloomberg.
Traders who are betting on a quick turnaround could look to the two times leveraged ProShares Ultra MSCI Brazil (NYSEArca: UBR) or the three times leveraged Direxion Daily Brazil Bull 3x Shares (NYSEArca: BRZU).
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