As mentioned, regardless of the Olympic effect, the World Cup, large oil reserves found off its coast, abundant and closely monitored natural resources and a fast growing consumer class from 50-80 Million in the next decade, Brazil for the moment has an incredible amount of momentum!
Britain however has dropped since 2005 from the 4th to the 7th economy in the World. Is not that Brazil is vastly a better positioned economy, but that Britain faces some really difficult challenges now and in the decade ahead.
According to the Centre for Economics and Business Research, the country is set to drop out of the top ten by 2015 as Canada, India, Russia and China overtake. Much mournful commentary about the state of Britain, loss of prestige and influence is certain to follow. Read more
Unemployment among Britain‘s 16-to-25-year-olds was 974,000 last month and is expected to exceed the politically sensitive 1 million mark on Wednesday when official figures are published.
Brazil makes for a good play whether you live in the US, Singapore, Germany or the UK.
But particularly for the UK investor, Brazil’s good fortune and sound economic policies signal an opportunity to create partnerships, to lend or to invest into an economy that is proven and on the verge of exploding in the next 3-5 years.
The recent visit this year by British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to Brazil underlines the growing importance of UK investments in Brazil. Mr Clegg wants British exports to Brazil to double by 2015.
In his first official visit to the country, Mr Clegg spoke of Brazil as a “natural partner” for the UK and emphasised the many Brazilian investment opportunities open to British companies.
“As Brazil is set to become the fifth largest economy in the world, UK companies should seize on every opportunity to prosper in Brazil,” he said.
UK exports currently run to £2.1 billion a year and the government is keen for British investment in Brazil to reach £4 billion over the next four years.
It’s generally been a good time to participate in emerging market opportunities, but it is a great time to seriously consider Brazil as a key component in Retirement and Investment Portfolios.
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