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It seems hopeless now, but Brazil's economy could turn around by late 2016 – regardless of who is president.
We need a global solution.
If regulators are willing to adapt, everyone will benefit.
The informal sector and social marginality are expanding in Latin America.

A new study released by the University of North Carolina and the Mexican National Public Health Institute (INSP) suggests that a 2013 tax is causing families to buy fewer sugary drinks. That's good news for health advocates, bad news for soda companies.

Brazil is up for sale, and bargain-hunters from Sam Zell to Stephen Schwarzman are looking for deals.

On Wednesday, Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies passed its second austerity bill in a week, just hours before approving an amendment that changed the bill’s direction and increased federal spending for retirees. If passed by the Senate, the amended bill faces a possible presidential veto and represents a roadblock to the government’s strategy for increasing revenues.

A proposed government austerity package may keep Brazil from a credit rating downgrade, but could cost President Dilma Rousseff some of her biggest supporters: the country’s labor unions.

Falling commodity prices dim the region's outlook. 2015 may be the fifth straight year of weak growth.
Book Reviews: Caribbean Renewal: Tackling Fiscal and Debt Challenges, by Charles Amo-Yartey and Therese Turner-Jones;<br> The Eastern Caribbean Economic and Currency Union: Macroeconomics and Financial Systems, by Alfred Schipke, Aliona Cebotari and Nita Thacker

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