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  • Macroeconomic Analysis

    Financials Dragged FLFAX Year-to-Date through November in 2015

    FLFAX fell 2.8% in November 2015 from a month prior. In the three- and six-month periods ended November 30, the fund fell 4.8% and 20.4%, respectively.

    By David Ashworth
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Developing a Strategy for Investing in Latin America Funds

    In this series, we’ve reviewed seven LatAm-focused mutual funds (BDERX) in terms of their sectoral changes over the past year and the possible reasons for their performances in 2016.

    By David Ashworth
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Will Falling Inflation Accelerate Monetary Easing in Brazil?

    Brazil’s (EWZ) economy is showing signs of improvement in 2017, and inflation is hovering around its target rate.

    By Mary Sadler
  • Macroeconomic Analysis

    How the EP Latin America Fund Class A (EPLAX) Avoided Major Losses in August

    The EP Latin America Fund A (EPLAX) fell by 8.4% in August 2015, from July 2015—the second smallest decline among the eight funds in this review.

    By David Ashworth
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The EP Latin America Fund Class A (EPLAX): Must-Knows

    Euro Pacific Asset Management offers the EP Latin America Fund A (EPLAX), which aims for capital appreciation by investing “at least 80% of its net assets.”

    By David Ashworth
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why IMF Slashed Brazil’s Economic Growth Outlook in 2017

    Economic activity in Brazil (EWZ) has been slow as it tries to emerge from its deep recession in 2016. But consumer and business confidence is improving.

    By Mary Sadler
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Latin American Economies May Be in Trouble

    Worsening economic conditions in Brazil and Venezuela hit economic growth in Latin America in the first quarter of 2015.

    By Rebecca Keats
  • Company & Industry Overviews

    Which Stocks Saved the BlackRock Latin America Fund in 2015?

    The BlackRock Latin America Fund – A (MDLTX) fell 5.2% in December 2015 from a month prior.

    By David Ashworth
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Brazil’s SELIC Rate Rises to 14.25% yet Inflation Continues to Soar

    The Central Bank of Brazil has attempted to rein in inflation by raising Brazil’s key interest rate, also known as the SELIC rate.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why the Service Sector’s Contribution to Brazil Is Important

    The service sector is the main contributor to Brazil’s GDP and job creation, but it’s currently suffering from structural weakness and poor international performance.

    By Mary Sadler
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Inflationary woes in Brazil continue despite rise in Selic rate

    Investors should watch inflationary woes in Brazil. For the week ended March 15, the IPC-S consumer price index was at 1.49 against an expected 1.42.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Brazilian Stocks Continue to Decline Despite a Pleasant Surprise

    Brazilian stocks continue to decline. A good chunk of this decline is due to the corruption scandal surrounding Brazilian oil giant Petróleo Brasileiro.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Service Sector in Emerging Economies Remains Mixed in September

    Emerging economies remain mixed in September, with Russia expanding and Brazil contracting further. Although Russia has moved back to expansionary phase, its overall economic environment remains challenging with rising inflationary pressure.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • Macroeconomic Analysis

    A Few Stocks Salvaged MDLTX Year-to-Date through November in 2015

    MDLTX was down 2.4% in November 2015 from a month prior. In the three- and six-month periods ended November 30, the fund fell 5.8% and 19.9%, respectively.

    By David Ashworth
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    An Introduction to Brazil’s Largest Banks, Latin America’s Biggest

    Since the ’80s and ’90s, Latin American banks have stabilized. Today, the largest banks in Latin America are concentrated in two countries: Brazil and Mexico.

    By Rebecca Keats
  • Financials

    Why Brazil seeks diversification

    Given the declining competitiveness of its commodity exports, Brazil’s economy is attempting to diversify away from its economic model.

    By Surbhi Jain
  • Financials

    Why is Brazil an attractive investment destination?

    With a population of 202.72 million, Brazil is the biggest economy in Latin America and the seventh biggest in the world by nominal gross domestic product.

    By Surbhi Jain
  • Financials

    Why you should be cautious when investing in Brazil

    Brazil’s gross domestic product (or GDP) was growing at about 6% before the recession hit the economy in 2009, when GDP dipped below zero.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Berkshire-Backed StoneCo Tumbles after ITUB Ups Ante

    StoneCo (STNE) was trading down 27.6% as of 1:30 PM ET. The negative price action was driven by an announcement by Itaú Unibanco Holding (ITUB).

    By Mohit Oberoi, CFA
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Will Rising FDI in Brazil Help 2017 Market Performance?

    FDI (foreign direct investments) in Brazil picked up in the second half of 2016 in spite of a slow economy, impeachment of the president, political crises, and corruption scandals.

    By Mary Sadler
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Is Brazil Showing Improvement in Its Economic Growth?

    Brazil’s economy is currently emerging from a severe and prolonged recession. Some reasons for the slump in the country’s economy were political uncertainty and lower consumer and business confidence.

    By Mary Sadler
  • Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Has HLMNX Done Well in YTD 2016?

    Compared to its peers, the relatively high exposure to energy stocks has benefited HLMNX in 2016 so far.

    By David Ashworth
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Brazil’s Budget Deficit Led to Dilma Rousseff’s Ouster

    A release from the Central Bank of Brazil showed that the country’s primary deficit stood at 136 billion Brazilian real in the 12-months until March 2016.

    By David Ashworth
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Fiscal Woes Have Plagued Brazil

    Brazil’s fiscal woes have just worsened. A release from Banco Central do Brasil showed that the country’s cumulative primary deficit stood at 125.1 billion reais in the 12-month period ended February 2016.

    By David Ashworth
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Brazilian Stocks on a Roll: Should You Be Part of the Action?

    Brazilian stocks have had a great 2016 so far. But the year began on a somber note for Brazil with stock markets around the world gripped by volatility.

    By David Ashworth
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Brazil Downgraded Further: Will Mexico Remain Healthy?

    Standard and Poor’s reduced Brazil’s long-term foreign currency rating by one notch to “BB” with a negative outlook on February 18, 2016.

    By David Ashworth
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The BlackRock Latin America Investor A Fund (MDLTX): Portfolio Overview

    The BlackRock Latin America Fund invests “in Latin American equity and debt securities” but does not seek to spread its portfolio across a lot of countries.

    By David Ashworth
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Top Stocks Hurt the BlackRock Latin America Inv A (MDLTX) in August 2015

    The BlackRock Latin America Fund – A (MDLTX) fell 9.2% in August 2015 from a month ago—putting its performance in the middle of a pack of eight funds in this review.

    By David Ashworth
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Brazil’s Downgrade: What It Means for Investors

    On September 9, Standard & Poor’s downgraded Brazil’s sovereign credit rating to “junk” status. Brazilian stocks fell at the close of trade on September 9.

    By Surbhi Jain
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