A large number of people put their cash into Brazil in the past few years, as growth rates hit as high as 6 or 7 per cent. However, growth fell to just 1.5 per cent this year and the economy has failed to deliver in several areas, AAA has admitted. For example, those who invested in its stock markets have seen a 5 per cent fall in values in dollar terms and the value of its currency, the real, also took a hit against the dollar this year.
However, AAA claims that strategic government moves, such as the slashing of interest rates to a record low of 7.25 per cent, have helped to get recovery back on track. “Those who have investments in Brazil will see strong returns over time,” claimed AAA’s analysis partner, Anthony Johnson. He predicted that growth of between 3 and 4 per cent will return before too long.
AAA supports a range of alternative investment products and funds, but focuses on ethical options like impact investing and sustainable forestry investment. “Brazil is a great place to invest in forestry,” explained Mr Johnson. “It has lush, fertile conditions and there is a growing demand for sustainably produced timber due to huge house building projects and infrastructure investment in advance of the country hosting the FIFA World Cup and the Olympics within the coming four years.
One forestry investment option, run by Greenwood Management, offers people that chance to invest in their own piece of forestry plantation for as little as $15,000.
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