Petrobras (PBR, quote) issuing $11 billion in debt to set a record for an emerging markets debt offering. The company is using the opportunity of negative real rates in Brazil (officially no, but in terms of true cost of living, YES), and most of the world to tap a global debt market starving for yield.
Petrobras (PBR, quote) announced that the company is boosting cashflow-negative and loss-leading gasoline imports at their fastest pace ever in attempt to hold down prices for alternative fuels, while trying to block investment in alternatives, or at least make investments in these kinds of products– namely, ethanol — unattractive.
Just because you choose a position or invest in ETFs does not mean you can tuck them away in the back of your portfolio and forget about them.
The rise of Brazil’s middle class over roughly the past decade is nothing short of remarkable.