Brazil Fast Facts
Brazil is located in Eastern South America, bordering the Atlantic Ocean. Brazil’s land area is 8,459,417 sq km which makes it the world’s 5th largest country by size; only slightly smaller than the United States. Brazil is densely populated in many areas. With a population of 201,103,330 (July 2010 est.), Brazil is the world’s 5th largest country by population size.
Brazil Economy and GDP
Characterized by large and well-developed agricultural, mining, manufacturing, and service sectors, Brazil's economy outweighs that of all other South American countries and Brazil is expanding its presence in world markets.
Brazil’s economy is estimated to have a GDP of $2.025 trillion (2009 est. in US dollars) which makes it the world’s 10th largest economy.
Since 2003, Brazil has steadily improved macroeconomic stability, building up foreign reserves, reducing its debt profile by shifting its debt burden toward real denominated and domestically held instruments, adhering to an inflation target, and committing to fiscal responsibility.
In 2008, Brazil became a net external creditor and two ratings agencies awarded investment grade status to its debt. After record growth in 2007 and 2008, the onset of the global financial crisis hit Brazil in September 2008.
Brazil's currency and its stock market – Bovespa – saw large swings as foreign investors pulled resources out of Brazil. Brazil experienced two quarters of recession, as global demand for Brazil's commodity-based exports dwindled and external credit dried up. However, Brazil was one of the first emerging markets to begin a recovery. Consumer and investor confidence revived and GDP growth returned to positive in the second quarter, 2009. The Central Bank expects growth of 5% for 2010.
Investing in Brazil and the Brazilian Economy
There are many ways to invest in Brazil ranging from Brazilian stocks traded internationally, Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) specific to Brazil or including Brazil as part of the BRIC countries, as well as ETFs on specific commodities from Brazil. Investors seeking to learn more about investment opportunities in Brazil shoulds click below:
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