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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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May

23 Aug 2022 LatAm Monitor June's Retail Sales Figures in Mexico are Raising Red Flags

June’s retail sales numbers suggest that Mexican households are feeling the pain from high inflation.

Still-solid remittances from the U.S. remain the life-line for many, but downside forces are emerging.

Tighter financial conditions is also hitting consum- ers hard, but the picture will improve in Q1 next year.

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

22 July 2022 Latin America Monitor Mexico's Economy Shows Signs of Fatigue

Mexico's IOAE index reveals that the economy struggled in late Q2, downside risks prevail.

Real GDP probably will fall in Q3 on a sequential basis, but a technical recession likely will be averted.

Improving manufacturing, and gradually falling inflation, will support growth in Q4

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

19 July 2022 Colombia's Near-Term Outlook Has Worsened, the COP Feels the Pain

Colombia’s near-term outlook is deteriorating; the COP’s sell-off highlights the pessimistic scenario.

Retail sales remain above pre-Covid levels, but momentum is petering out, due to high inflation.

A recession is not our base case, for now; improving services activity and resilient manufacturing will help.

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

18 July 2022 Chile's BCCh is Playing Harder, but Inflation Risks Continue to Mount

The inflation picture in Chile has deteriorated markedly, forcing the BCCh to increase rates boldly... 

...But the rapid tightening failed to bring the CLP under control, prompting FX intervention last week. 

Volatility likely will ease in the near term, but further rate hikes in the short run will be needed. 

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

15 July 2022 Brazil's Retail Sector is Resilient, and the Outlook has Improved

Brazil’s retail sector performed solidly in Q2, despite challenging conditions, including high inflation.

Activity in the services sector continues to gather speed, as virus restrictions are gone.

The IBC-Br index is raising red flags, but the bigger picture is what counts; the recovery continues.

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

PM Datanote: Retail Sales, Brazil, May, 2022

  • In one line: Undershooting expectations, but the near-term outlook has improved.

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

PM Datanote: Industrial Production, Mexico, May, 2022

  • In one line: Resilient, and Q3 will be better as supply constraints ease further.

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

6 July 2022 May Industrial Data Confirm that Brazil's Recovery Remains on Track

Output in Brazil’s industrial sector continues to rebound, helping to offset weakness elsewhere. 

Increased fiscal support to families, an improving labour market, and the reopening are key drivers. 

The near-term outlook, however, remains cloudy, due to high inflation and tighter financial conditions. 

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

PM Datanote: Industrial Production, Brazil, May, 2022

  • In one line: A decent performance in May, despite undershooting expectations.

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

4 July 2022 Inflation in the Andes Remains High and Sticky

High and sticky inflation in the Andes is increasing the pressure on policymakers to act beyond Q3. 

The steady fall in currencies, due mainly to the hawkish Fed, is making things even more complicated. 

The strategy will be to act boldly now and bring the economy to a standstill, to allow rapid easing in H1. 

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

29 June 2022 Mexico's Trade Deficit Sank Further, due Mainly to High Oil Prices

Mexico’s deficit in May remained very large by past standards, due mainly to high energy prices.

The value of imports likely will continue to rise in Q3, but weaker domestic demand will be a drag later on.

Labour market conditions deteriorated, at the margin, in May, but enough to make Banxico uneasy.

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

28 June 2022 Activity Remained Resilient in H1, but the Outlook is Deteriorating Rapidly

The rebound in commodity prices supported LatAm in H1, but external conditions are worsening rapidly. 

Argentina’s economic recovery consolidated in Q1, but the near-term outlook is negative. 

Inflation is still rising rapidly, and inflation expectations are heading north; rates will be hiked further. 

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

23 June 2022 Left-Wing Presidents Takes Over in the Region

Colombia — Petro becomes the first leftist president

Mexico — AMLO’s party seems unstoppable

Chile — A tax reform proposal will be presented

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

20 June 2022 Colombia's New President will Face an Economic Downturn Soon

Colombia’s new president will find an economy in good shape, with output well above pre-Covid levels. 

The good news, however, won’t last; high inflation and tighter financial conditions are now key threats. 

The new leader will have to tackle poverty, popular discontent, and long-standing structural issues. 

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

17 June 2022 The COPOM will Hike Further in Q3, to Rule on Inflation Expectations

The COPOM eased the pace of tightening, but has left the door open to further hikes in Q3.

The deteriorating external inflation outlook has been forcing the Board to tweak its plans since May.

We now expect a final rate hike in August to anchor inflation expectations, if external conditions improve.

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

14 June 2022 Retail Activity Remains Sturdy in Brazil, Mexican IP is still Recovering

Brazilian retailers enjoyed a solid start to Q2, but momentum is already easing in some components.

The Mexican industrial sector remains solid, but the outlook has deteriorated, due mainly to high inflation.

The plunge in China’s PMIs and lingering external shocks point to potential trouble ahead.

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

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