Brazil Won’t Let Real Reach 1.6 Per Dollar, Mantega Tells Estado

Brazil won’t let the real foreign exchange rate strengthen to 1.60 per U.S. dollar, Finance Minister Guido Mantega told O Estado de S. Paulo in an interview.

The government won’t let the currency rise as much as in the past, and may double a levy on some short dollar positions in the derivatives market if it sees excessive valuations, the minister said, according to the Sao Paulo-based newspaper.

In a separate interview to Folha de S. Paulo, Mantega said the government may consider additional taxes on imports to protect domestic industries from unfair competition.