Why Brazil is an investing hotspot

MFC global manager Christopher Arbuthnot says Latin America's biggest country has a competitive advantage in resources. Just like Canada.

Sonita Horvitch 9 December, 2009 | 7:00PM

Christopher Arbuthnot, portfolio manager at MFC Global Investment Management (U.S.), LLC, is putting considerable emphasis on Brazilian companies in the global portfolio he manages.

While he is "essentially a bottom-up value manager," he does carefully analyze the economic and political status of the countries before making an investment in the companies.

Brazil, says Arbuthnot, is self-sufficient in natural resources. It is a focus of the Brazilian government to foster the development of these resources, which currently represent only a small percentage of its gross domestic product, he notes. In particular, Brazil's "vast untapped offshore oil resources are attracting international attention."

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