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Latin America Publications

Below is a list of our Latin America Publications for the last 6 months. If you are looking for reports older than 6 months please email info@pantheonmacro.com, or contact your account rep

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BCCh Rate Decision

21 Nov 2022 LatAm Monitor The Economic Payback Continues to Unfold in Chile; When will it Stop?

  • Chile’s recovery continued to stall in Q3, due mostly to plunging domestic demand.
  • Conditions will remain difficult in the near term, forcing the BCCh to cut rates early next year.
  • The current account deficit has ballooned, but a correction is now underway; the risk will ease soon.

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

18 Nov 2022 LatAm Monitor Colombia's Economy was Resilient in Q3, but can Petro Keep Growth Going

  • Colombia’s President had a decent first 100 days in office, with the tax reform as a key achievement...
  • ...But conflicting signals, between radicalism and orthodoxy, have hurt and will keep investors on alert.
  • BanRep is likely to raise the policy interest rate further, owing to persistent price pressures.

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

10 Oct 2022 LatAm Monitor August's Inflation Data in Mexico and Chile Brought Relief to Policymakers

  • August’s inflation data in Mexico and Chile brought a sigh of relief to policymakers...
  • ...But core inflation remains sticky, overshooting their forecast; a slowing economy will bring it down in Q1.
  • We think Peru's BCRP wrapped up the tightening cycle last week; the BCCh will stay on hold this week. 

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

PM Datanote: BCRP Rate Decision, Peru, October, 2022

  • In one line: Pause signalled; further tightening requires stubbornly high inflation.

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

7 Oct 2022 LatAm Monitor Brazil's Industrial Sector Likely will Contribute to GDP growth in H2

  • Brazil’s industrial sector was under pressure in August, but the near-term outlook is positive.
  • Improving domestic fundamentals likely will offset the drag from deteriorating external conditions.
  • The inflation picture remains ugly in Colombia, with the headline rate still climbing rapidly.

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

5 Oct 2022 LatAm Monitor Chile's Recession will Continue in Q4, Despite an Upbeat IMACEC

  • Chile’s economic recovery continues to go into reverse, despite August’s upbeat IMACEC.
  • The recession will continue in Q4, giving further arguments to the BCCh for keeping rates on hold.
  • The BanRep minutes reinforced its less-hawkish bias, but now is not the time for inflation complacency.

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

28 Sept 2022 LatAm Monitor Inflation will Continue to Fall, but Brazil's BCB Rate Cuts are Far Off

  •  Inflation in Brazil is decelerating rapidly, thanks mainly to the effect of tax and tighter financial conditions.
  • Leading indicators suggest that the downtrend will continue over the coming months...
  • ...But upside risks remain, which will prevent the COPOM from cutting rates any time soon.

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

23 Sept 2022 LatAm Monitor A Divided COPOM Ends the Hiking Cycle with a Hawkish Tone

  • Brazil’s COPOM ends the tightening cycle, as inflation is finally cooling, thanks mainly to tax cuts...
  • ...But it was a split and hawkish decision, and rate cuts won’t be on the table anytime soon.
  • Inflation pressures persist in Mexico, particularly at the core level, but not for much longer.

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

22 Sept 2022 LatAm Monitor Political Noise Improves at the Margin

  • Brazil — Lula’s lead over Bolsonaro holds
  • Chile — What is next for the constitutional process?
  • Peru — The new Finance Minister is taking action

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

21 Sept 2022 LatAm Monitor The Economic Recovery is Petering Out in Colombia as Inflation Bites

  • Colombia's economic activity index confirmed that the recovery stalled in July, due to high inflation.
  • Growth momentum will continue to peter out in the very near term; conditions likely will stabilise in Q4.
  • The COPOM likely will keep the Selic rate on hold today, and throughout the remainder of the year.

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

16 Sept 2022 LatAm Monitor Economic Activity is Solid in Brazil, Inflation is Galloping in Argentina

  • Brazil’s economic growth was stronger-than-expected in early July, which will disquiet the COPOM...
  • ...But still-high inflation and political uncertainty are already weighing on consumers’ spending.
  • Argentinians will soon face triple-digit inflation, driven by rising input costs and the ARS sell-off.

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

12 Sept 2022 LatAm Monitor August's CPI Data in Brazil Are Good Enough to Prevent More Rate Hikes

  • The headline rate of CPI inflation continues to fall rapidly in Brazil, thanks to recent tax reductions...
  • ...But policymakers remain on alert, as the core rate remains sticky, especially non-administered prices.
  • Peru’s central bank slowed the march to 25bp; the end of the tightening cycle is near.

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

PM Datanote: BCRP Rate Decision, Peru, September, 2022

  • In one line: Slowing the march to 25bp; the end of the tightening cycle is near.

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

9 Sept 2022 LatAm Monitor High Inflation in Mexico and Chile will Test Policymakers' Resolve

  • Inflation in Mexico rose in August, meeting expectations, allowing Banxico to hike by 50bp this month.
  • The inflation picture remains ugly in Chile, but the recession likely will push it down in Q4.
  • The BCCh surprised markets by increasing the main rate by 100bp, but it adopted a neutral bias. 

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

PM Datanote: BCCh Rate Decision, Chile, September, 2022

  • In one line: A bolder hike than expected likely marks the end of the tightening cycle.

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

7 Sept 2022 LatAm Monitor Inflation in Mexico is Yet to Peak, but in Peru the Downtrend has Started

  • Inflation in Mexico likely hit a new multi-decade high in August, but likely conditions will improve soon.
  • Inflation pressures in Peru are finally easing; the end of the BRCP’s tightening cycle is around the corner.
  • Core inflation remains subdued, and a weakening domestic demand will help to push it lower in Q4.

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

6 Sept 2022 LatAm Monitor Chile Resoundingly Rejects Mr. Boric's New Constitution; Now What?

  • Voters in Chile have overwhelmingly rejected a new constitution; now it is time for a moderate approach.
  • Inflation in Colombia is still running hot, due mostly to food prices and a robust domestic demand.
  • BanRep will continue to hike rates this year, but we still believe that inflation will start to fall in Q4.

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

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