Brazil real opens at record low on debt, election

BRAZIL - Brazil's beleaguered currency opened at a fresh record low on Friday, pressured by ongoing election jitters and concerns the central bank would have trouble rolling over maturing debt, traders said.

The real slumped 2.2 percent to 3.845 per dollar from Thursday's close of 3.780, Reuters reported, its weakest trading level since the currency was introduced in 1994 and 39.8 percent below where it began 2002. The previous record low was 3.81 per dollar on Tuesday.

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