Brazil Has Oil, Sort of

Brazil Has Oil, Sort of

Brazil’s efforts to become one of the world’s major oil producers have attracted businesses such as U.S. drilling giants Halliburton and Baker Hughes, gained it partnerships with oil companies from India and China, lured immigrants from idyllic Norway and drawn investment dollars from American pension funds in Florida, South Carolina and California.  However, so far,Continue Reading

Going to Brazil 2014?  Don’t Forget Your Wallet!

Going to Brazil 2014? Don’t Forget Your Wallet!

World Cup visitors, welcome to Brazil, land of soccer, sun and sky-high prices!   Unlike nearby Latin American nations where a tourist’s U.S. dollar or European Union euro seemingly stretches forever, Brazil is astoundingly expensive.  Astoundingly!   And if you’re planning to follow your favorite soccer team around from city to city, you might beContinue Reading

Rio’s Port to be Beautified

Rio’s Port to be Beautified

If you’ve ever been to Rio De Janeiro, you know it to be a city that could use a touch up.  The international airport looks like an elevated concrete bunker, the main freeway into the city crawls alongside one of the city’s largest favela, Complexo do Alemão, and the port doesn’t seem to have aContinue Reading

World Cup Song Not Quite a Hit…Yet

World Cup Song Not Quite a Hit…Yet

The official World Cup song is definitely striking a chord — the wrong one with many in host country Brazil.   Since the recent release of FIFA’s “We Are One (Ole Ola),” hordes of fans in Brazil have been slamming the official 2014 Cup theme. Many expressed their frustration on Twitter under the tag #VoltaWakaWakaContinue Reading

Real Estate Blitz in Brazil for World Cup

Real Estate Blitz in Brazil for World Cup

Some people can’t travel without the comforts of home.  And no matter how swank the hotel, sometimes, nothing beats a real “home away from home”.  For example, some visitors heading to the World Cup in June are paying more than $100,000 a week to rent luxury homes in Rio de Janeiro for the month longContinue Reading

Fitch Ratings Gives Brazilian Airports a World Cup Green Light

Fitch Ratings Gives Brazilian Airports a World Cup Green Light

The verdict:  It won’t be perfect, but we’ll probably be okay.  According to Fitch ratings, Brazil’s airports will probably manage to handle the massive traffic to the 12 World Cup host cities even though some upgrades are behind schedule.  Sounds like a green light to travel, though a bit tepid. Read the Global Post articleContinue Reading