AAA backs forecast for rise in Brazil real estate values

Alternative Asset Analysis has backed forecasts that Brazilian real estate sector is poised for further expansion, boosting the foreign direct investment (FDI) in the country.

Boston, MA, USA, September 11, 2011 -- The Brazilian real estate sector is expected to help boost the foreign direct investment (FDI) in Brazil even further, said Anthony Johnson of Alternative Asset Analysis (AAA), together with a US-based expert.

According to David Lynn of New York-based Clarion Partners, Brazil’s real estate market offers “attractive opportunities” to investors. Writing for National Real Estate Investor, he continued to explain that there are a number of “positive fundamentals” that suggest that the market will be stable and will offer good returns in the years to come.

Anthony Johnson, an analysis partner at AAA, which encourages investment in alternative assets - and particularly in emerging economies - commented, “We welcome Mr Lynn’s assertions that Brazilian real estate could be a safe haven for investors in the coming years.

His comments support our own view that Brazil is a fantastic place to invest as it will continue to see economic growth in the future.”

AAA back up their claims about Brazil with figures recently published by the Brazilian Central Bank, which show that foreign direct investment inflows rose in the first six months of this year to their highest levels since 1947, which was when records began. The total invested was US$32.5 billion, which represented 67 per cent of the total FDI for the whole of last year - suggesting that 2011 could be an even better year for Brazil than 2010.

The interest in alternative asset classes has helped spur investment in Brazil, according to AAA, which cited the success of sustainable forestry projects, such as those run by Greenwood Management, which offers direct investment opportunities in plantations of non-native timbers such as eucalyptus and teak. “The market for these timbers products is enormous and growing at the moment, thanks to massive economic growth in Asia,” explained AAA. The organization also cited the upcoming FIFA World Cup and Olympics 2016 as a major driver in the Brazil domestic steel industry - a major market for sustainably produced charcoal.

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The Journey Towards an HIV Cure Has Already Started

The time between now and the day when a cure for HIV is found is rapidly decreasing. What didn't seem possible a generation ago is now within striking distance. At this point, it's not a matter of if an HIV cure will be found, but when.

Toulon, France, September 11, 2011 -- The time between now and the day when a cure for HIV is found is rapidly decreasing. What didn't seem possible a generation ago is now within striking distance. Scientists have announced that for the first time in the 30-year history of battling HIV and AIDS, there is a clear path leading to a cure for the disease. Over 25 million people worldwide have died due to AIDS-related diseases, and this is welcome news for the millions of people around the world who are currently living with the disease.

For most people with access to medication, advancements in technology have transformed HIV into a chronic, lifelong disease that must be managed primarily through antiretroviral therapy (ART). It is a costly, daily procedure, but it has been very effective at suppressing the virus. We have reached the point where ART can't be made any more effective than it is right now; a plateau has been reached. So, now the focus of HIV research has turned toward finding a cure. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) recently spent $14 million on finding different methods to suppress HIV or permanently keep it at bay.

NIAID funding has also been distributed to research universities and laboratories who are investigating whether gene therapy techniques can be used to make cells genetically resistant to HIV. A very rare genetic mutation that only a miniscule percentage of the world's population possesses does just that-makes the person with the mutation resistant to HIV infection. This important research could form the basis for a possible HIV cure. The major stumbling block is the last hiding place for HIV within the body-the HIV reservoir. These reservoirs are made up of dormant, HIV-infected cells. While current ART techniques have been effective at preventing HIV infection through the bloodstream, cell-to-cell infection is still possible within these reservoirs. A different plan of attack is needed to deal with this problem.

The term of "cure" is being stretched out a bit. Researchers are exploring "cure" scenarios. For example, HIV can still be detected within the body, but the viral load is such that the virus is not circulating. The infected person never progresses to full blown AIDS, nor does the HIV-infected person have the ability to pass the virus onto others. In effect, the virus within the body has become sterile and harmless. This is a promising scenario, and it's one that medical researchers, physicians, and scientists will gladly take. At this point, it's not a matter of if an HIV cure will be found, but when.

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Alain Lafeuillade, MD
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83056 Toulon, France
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