Brazil plans a shift in its strategy

John Lyons, Luciana Magalhaes, Matthew Cowley – The Wall Street Journal, 01/04/2013

Brazil is shifting gears in its effort to revive its troubled economy, away from aggressive currency and interest-rate policies to a more hands-off approach, Finance Minister Guido Mantega said in an interview.

“In 2013 we will reap what we have sown,” he said, predicting a return to strong growth after two years in the doldrums. “2013 will be calmer, with fewer measures, because they’ve been done.”

Brazil, the world’s second-largest developing economy after China, is a key bellwether for the economic health of the emerging world and a major source of growth, as Europe, the U.S. and Japan wrestle with debt woes.

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