Brazil’s swap rates headed for the biggest weekly drop in 11 months after policy makers raised borrowing costs less than some analysts had forecast and signaled that increases this year may be limited.
Brazil’s central bank President Alexandre Tombini and Finance Minister Guido Mantega signaled that policy makers will raise the benchmark rate soon as inflation accelerates above the bank’s target range. Swap rates jumped.
Dilma Rousseff may take “bold and unexpected policy actions,” including budget cuts to allow for lower interest rates, if she holds onto a “commanding” lead and is elected Brazil’s president, according to a Nomura Securities International Inc. report.
They arrive every week, in ones and twos and groups of 10, some of them coming straight from Sao Paulo’s Guarulhos International Airport. These investors head for the dark-wood halls of Credit Suisse Hedging-Griffo as supplicants, asking to put their millions of dollars into one of the world’s top-performing hedge funds.
Luciano Coutinho oversaw a surge in lending as president of Brazil’s development bank that increased the country’s debt during the global financial crisis. Now he may need to help Dilma Rousseff restrain government spending when she becomes president.