Author Archives: Maninmanaus

Let’s Get the Shopkeepers!

I am inspired today to completely de-mystify the Brazilian Corporate tax system, whose potential 90 different taxes seem to puzzle some people. Well, yes, there are apparently 90 taxes you are potentially exposed to in Brazil, but for the purposes … Continue reading

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Manaus, this is your alarm call

Is Manaus heading for disaster? Continue reading

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Explaining the Inexplicable

I have often said that without fundamental reforms of the legal system (and other basic systems) Brazil will always be a hopeless mess, period. The financial markets may consider the problem irrelevant in the context of short term gains; the … Continue reading

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The Untenable Judging the Indefensible

I see the judge in the Eike Batista trial (Brazilian millionaire now bankrupt and being investigated for insider trading) was found driving one of the defendant’s seized Porsches. Later, he was also found to have taken home a Range Rover … Continue reading

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Roll me over.

I often hear Brazilians complain that “aqui, ninguem tá responsável para nada” (no-one is responsible for anything), and this concept is clearly deeply rooted in the culture. I also suspect that if Brazil really wants to suck its feet out … Continue reading

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Quo Vadis Brazil?

At last, I see some realism in the financial press about the short to medium term prospects for the Brazilian economy. I read a recent FT analysis with some incredulity, as the paper – like many other normally reliable sources … Continue reading

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VADS

Back to being positive. I saw another blue car yesterday! I wanted to share this amazing news with the world in general. It used to be that the “in” colour to buy was black (I think Henry Ford started it … Continue reading

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And they’re off! Right off!

If I were a betting man, I would put a tenner on Dilma to win this year’s election. This has nothing to do with merit, and everything to do with the fact that the majority in Brazil remain largely uneducated … Continue reading

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Cheers!

Election day in Brazil tomorrow, so – apart from watching a largely marginalised, uneducated public trying to agree on some spurious criteria to latch onto to help them decide which lunatic will take over the asylum – we will all … Continue reading

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It wasn’t me, guv’…

The English-speaking press does not yet seem to be running with the story of the President of Petrobras somewhat suspiciously divesting herself of part of her fortune before a forthcoming judgement on her part of the Pasadena oil scandal (essentially … Continue reading

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