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Brazil ETFs Active After Interest Rates Slashed

editor@etftrends.com (ETF Trends)

Brazilian stocks and the related exchange traded funds, including the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (EWZ) , rallied Thursday after the country's central bank slashed interest rates by 100 basis points. EWZ, the largest ETFs tracking stocks in Latin America's largest economy, is up nearly 8% over the past month, extending its year-to-date gains to 26%. That after Brazilian stocks contended with a spate of political volatility. Earlier this year, federal police carried out search and arrest warrants throughout the capital in response to O Globo reports on leaked testimony indicating that Temer approved payoffs to acquire the silence of Eduardo Cunha, the man behind last year’s ouster of former president Dilma Rousseff. Recently, Brazilian President Michel Temer survived an effort to suspend him on corruption allegations. Brazil’s central bank has not hiked interest rates since last year. Brazilian stocks have rallied this year and banks in Latin America’s largest economy appear inexpensive, those institutions are faced with declining consumer credit quality. Additionally, some Brazilian states have recently delayed payment to public workers, potentially crimping the ability of those workers to repay loans taken from Brazilian banks. The central bank's efforts to engage in monetary easing are widely seen as a positive catalyst for Brazilian stocks. As recently as early 2016, Brazil's benchmark interest rate was around 13%. It is now 8.25%. “The monetary policy committee sees 'a moderate reduction of the pace of easing as appropriate,' given the outlook for the economy, the bank said in the statement announcing the rate cut. 'In addition, under those same circumstances, the (committee) foresees a gradual ending to the cycle,'” reports MarketWatch . Related: 5 Brazil ETFs to Take Advantage of Upside Potential Analysts expect Brazil's economy to grow modestly this year before posting more impressive growth figures in 2018. Still, that is better than the recently ended recession, which plagued Brazilian assets. “Brazil suffered through its worst recession on record during 2015 and 2016, just as a giant corruption scandal and fierce political infighting made it almost impossible for the government to take effective measures to heal an economy wrecked by the end of a commodities boom,” according to MarketWatch. Traders who are betting on a quick turnaround could look to the two times leveraged ProShares Ultra MSCI Brazil (UBR) or the three times leveraged Direxion Daily Brazil Bull 3x Shares (BRZU) . On Wednesday, BRZU was the best-performing US-listed ETF on an intraday basis. For more information on the Brazilian markets, visit our Brazil category . Read more on ETFtrends.com