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Field Notes: São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro

Andrew Foster
Kate Jaquet

São Paulo

Vast skyline of São Paulo – one of the most physically massive cities on earth
Major construction underway throughout São Paulo
New freeways stretch to the horizon
Busy streets, with cars and pull carts
Doctors remotely monitor the work of clinical practitioners so as to manage health care costs at Odontoprev
The old floor of the Brazilian commodity exchange. The floor now serves as a storage area – and the new exchange is entirely automated.
Bright skies, as seen through the windows of a gleaming new shopping mall
Public art and murals adorn the city streets
Buildings are often covered with decorative murals
Sao Paulo skyline

Rio de Janeiro

A modern corporate campus
A quiet side street during a morning in Copacabana
Riders on municipal shared bikes, on Avenida Atlántica
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  1. Source: Bloomberg. The Brazilian real was valued at 1.5633 per US $1 on 6/30/11, versus 2.0121 on 9/14/12.
  2. Source: Bloomberg. The BOVESPA index has fallen 0.5% between 6/30/11 and 9/14/12, as measured in Brazilian real.
  3. Sources: The Economist, “Facing headwinds, Dilma changes course,” 18 August 2012; and Joao Fellet, BBC, “Brazil changes tack with new stimulus plan,” 14 August 2012.