Second quarter growth in Brazil exceeded all expectations with GDP expanding at 8.8% compared to the same period a year earlier. According to the AP, the Brazilian Finance Ministry had forecast growth of between 0.5 percent and 1 percent for Q2.
Brazilian equities have nearly doubled this year, far outpacing the U.S. stock market. The iShares MSCI Brazil Index Fund (EWZ) is up 98% year to date compared to 17% for the SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) over the same time period.
A few weeks back, we presented the investment case for Brazil in our post The Case for a Brazil ETF. Despite signs of slowing economies in other parts of the world, Brazil continues to deliver good news.