Hello From Sao Paulo : Planet Money Chana Joffe-Walt is in Brazil this week. She writes about what it's like to be in a country experiencing a massive credit boom.
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Hello From Sao Paulo

Installment plans for cruises in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Chana Joffe-Walt

Chana Joffe-Walt sent us the picture above from Sao Paulo, Brazil. She writes:

Sao Paulo is wild. It is really bizarre to be transported from the US to a credit boom. There are brand new malls everywhere.  Every store offers every product in monthly installment plans from sunglasses to cars to cruises. I got offered a credit card yesterday despite the fact that the only Portuguese words I had to offer the guy were "hello" and "no thank you."

Brazil's economy is on track to grow by at least 7 percent this year, which according to Finance Minister Guido Mantega "would represent the best performance in 24 years."