“The October Presidential and Congressional elections mean that the social security reform will be delayed until after the elections and there is uncertainty whether the next administration will be able to secure its approval in a timely manner,” according to Fitch. “Brazil’s fiscal deficits remain large and are expected to decline only gradually. The government over-performed its primary deficit target for 2017. However, the general government deficit reached over 8% of GDP in 2017 (compared with 3% for the ‘BB’ median), and Fitch forecasts the deficit to average just over 7% of GDP during 2018-2019.”
Brazil, Latin America’s largest economy, is a major producer of an array of commodities, including iron ore, oil and sugar, meaning a weak dollar benefits Brazilian commodities producers. That much is evident as the real has surged against the greenback since early 2017. Additionally, Brazil’s central bank actively reduced borrowing costs last year and is expected to continue doing so in 2018. Plus, Brazilian stocks appear cheap relative to global benchmarks.
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). On Wednesday, BRZU was the best-performing US-listed ETF on an intraday basis.
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