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Brazil, a country of investors, faces the prospects of Lula da Silva’s presidency

This year, Brazil's assets had outperformed their peers this year as investors became convinced that Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva would be a safe pair of hands for the economy. However, now that he is about to take office, they are not so sure.

After winning the election last month, Lula da Silva has stepped up his plans to boost social spending, while his transition team includes names who played key roles in the government of Dilma Rousseff, his handpicked successor who led the economy to a severe recession.

"The names being thrown around don't inspire any . . .

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