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Brazil’s real (R$) set for biggest weekly rise in 2021 as Central Bank steps up intervention

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazil’s real on Thursday, March 11th, rallied 2% against the dollar, boosted by another round of central bank intervention in the swaps market and inflation data that analysts said sets the seal on an interest rate increase next week.

February’s 5.2% annual inflation rate was higher than expected and well above the central bank’s year-end target of 3.75%, cementing expectations it will raise its benchmark Selic lending rate by 50 basis points next week and adding fuel to the real’s rally in recent days.

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