January 12, 2017 Aggressive Rate Cut of Brazil Giving Positive Outlook to the Economy The Central Bank of Brazil reduced its Selic rate benchmark abruptly in their attempt to boost the weak economy of the country as a result of the unanimous vote on Wednesday. It lowered by three quarters of a point to thirteen percent instead of the forecasted four points. This has been the lowest rate cut since October last year. According to the central bank, the inflation aligns with the target although the economic growth is still poor. Even though inflation has slower pace of growth for more than two years, there are still pile of debts and wavering confidence from businesses and consumers as consumer prices increase more that hamper progress in the economy.