Not many Americans are paying attention to the tensions in Brazil – we have plenty of our own tensions to worry about!  However, at the center of Brazil’s issues is oil.  Petrobras, the state-run oil company, has seen stock prices soar, then sink badly in the last several months.  Now they are facing strikes by oil workers and truckers.  Prices of food, fuel, and other key needs to life in Brazil have already started climbing.  A friend of our company who lives in Brazil has reported empty store shelves and no gasoline to be bought.  Read more about it here:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-brazil-transport/brazil-deal-to-end-truckers-strike-rattles-petrobras-investors-idUSKCN1IT1IL

https://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/news/five-keys-understanding-brazils-petrobras-scandal