Brazil emerges as the new El Dorado

Sun Feb 1, 2004

Assets are surging and good performance is attracting brave U.S. and European investors

By Barry Cohen

Think of San Paulo or Rio de Janeiro and you would be forgiven if hedge funds did not flash into your mind. Beaches, yes. Soccer, certainly. But hedge funds? Surely not. Well, a small band of investors, like the early Portuguese explorers who discovered the hidden riches of this vast country, are starting to believe that the Latin American hedge fund boom, led by Brazil, is worth checking out.

From a low base of only $1 billion of hedge fund assets two years ago, Brazilian managers now run about $8 billion in onshore and offshore hedge funds. Furthermore, the growth shows signs of accelerating with more than 40 funds launched in the second half of 2003 including Gavea, the offshore macro fund run by former Soros manager and Brazilian central bank governor, Arminio...

ISSN: 2151-1845 / CDC10004H

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