They seem optimistic. Especially, Mailson da Nobrega.
But we have 2 classes of forecasters: Those who don’t know and those who don’t know they don’t know. After all, an economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn’t happen today. 
Anyway, since everyone listens to them, we will do the same and just shut up. First, here we present them:
1. Octavio de Barros: Chief Economist at Bradesco
2. Jose Roberto Mendonca de Barros: former Secretary of Economic Policy of the Ministry of Finance and partner of MB Associados;
3. Ilan Goldfajn: chief economist at Itau Unibanco;
4. Mailson da Nobrega: former Finance Minister and partner of consultancy firm Tendencias.
Here are their “valuable” predictions:


Octávio de Barros 3,7%
J.R. Mendonça de Barros 3,5%
Ilan Goldfajn 3,5%
Maílson da Nóbrega 3,2%

Credit Suisse forecasted 2.5% for Brazil’s 2012 GDP, and some other crazy economist forecasted 8%… so who knows… actually, who cares at this point? This is more like shooting in the dark… 

Inflation (IPCA):

Octávio de Barros 5,3%
J.R. Mendonça de Barros 5,5%
Ilan Goldfajn 5,20%
Maílson da Nóbrega 5,40%

Interest Rate (Selic):

Octávio de Barros 9,5%
J.R. Mendonça de Barros 9%
Ilan Goldfajn 9%
Maílson da Nóbrega 9,5%


Octávio de Barros R$1,7
J.R. Mendonça de Barros R$1,8
Ilan Goldfajn R$1,75
Maílson da Nóbrega R$1,65

Balance of Trade:

Octávio de Barros US$ 23 billion
J.R. Mendonça de Barros
Ilan Goldfajn US$ 15 billion
Maílson da Nóbrega US$ 28 bilhlion
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