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1 Dec 2021 Chile's Economy Started Q4 on a Solid Footing, Despite Politics

  • Chile's economy remains resilient thanks, to a solid vaccination program and robust policy support.
  • Solid retail sales get Q4 consumption off to a very strong start, but momentum will ease soon.
  • Challenging external conditions, high inflation, and political noise will limit the recovery in H1.

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

30 Nov 2021 Omicron Arrives in LatAm Just as the Pandemic Was Under Control

  • The Omicron-sparked sell-off is easing; LatAm is watching closely, after dealing with Delta.
  • Supply disruptions have driven Mexico's external accounts into the red; the outlook for H1 is grim.
  • The Delta hit in Q3 and increased political risk have scared away investors; outflows are substantial.

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

29 Nov 2021 Fears of a Potential Vaccine- Resistant Variant Hit LatAm Markets

  • LatAm markets hit as new Covid strain spooks investors driving a safe-haven assets move.
  • The Mexican economy performed poorly in Q3, due chiefly to the Delta wave hit to the services sector.
  • The recovery will resume soon, but 20-year high inflation and increased policy risk will limit the upturn.

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

26 Nov 2021 November's Inflation Data in Brazil Should Not Trouble the COPOM

  • Higher gasoline prices in Brazil likely won't derail the imminent drop in IPCA inflation as other shocks ease. 

    The lagged effect of tighter monetary policy will also put a lid on underlying inflation pressures. 

    Mexican markets under stress following AMLO's announcement of a new nominee as Banxico's head. 

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

24 Nov 2021 Mexico's Retail Sales Recovered in Late Q3, but the Trend Remains Weak

  • Retail sales in Mexico recovered at the margin in late Q3, but not quite reversing the July drop.
  • We expect a modest rebound in Q4, thanks to the reopening, but rising inflation will remain a drag.
  • Decent remittances from abroad, and an improving labour market, will prevent a protracted downtrend.

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

22 Nov 2021 The Chilean Economy Won't Have it Easy, Even if Pro-Business Kast Wins

  • Chilean GDP growth accelerated in Q3, but the strong data are backward-looking; 2022 looks shaky.
  • Tighter fiscal and monetary policies likely will put the economy on the verge of a technical recession.
  • Even assuming a Kast win, political risk will persist; the constitutional process will remain a threat.

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

19 Nov 2021 Chileans Go to the Polls this Sunday, Colombia's GDP Rebounding Solidly

  • Chile is set to vote on Sunday in one of most unpredictable elections in years; a runoff is likely.
  • Colombia's GDP has resumed its solid rebound in Q3, following a self-inflicted shock in Q2.
  • Momentum likely will continue to improve over the next few months; BanRep will have to hike further.

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

17 Nov 2021 Brazil's Economy Grounded to a Halt in Q3; Downside Forces Prevail

  • An array of shocks, including high inflation, have stopped the Brazilian recovery in its tracks since Q2.
  • We expect a modest recovery in Q4, but risks remain massively tilted to the downside.
  • A resilient recovery, increased institutional risk, and high inflation will force Peru's BCRP to keep hiking.

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

15 Nov 2021 Surging Inflation will Continue to Hurt the Mexican Industrial Sector

  • High inflation, lingering supply shocks and tighter financial conditions, are weighing on Mexico's output.
  • Some of the shocks will ease soon, but soaring energy prices and policy uncertainty will remain drags.
  • Improving global demand and the U.S. infrastructure bill will support the manufacturing upturn next year.

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

12 Nov 2021 Inflation Remain High in BrazMex, Forcing Policymakers' Hands

  • Banxico continues to tighten in an effort to anchor inflation expectations and to protect the MXN.
  • Inflation in Brazil surprised to the upside in October; the COPOM likely will hike further in the near term.
  • Tighter monetary policy, less-harsh base effects, and the sluggish economy, will push inflation down soon.

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

11 Nov 2021 Under Pressure Due to Rising Inflation and Policy Risk

  • Brazil — Hurt by rising fiscal uncertainty
  • Argentina — Calm before the storm
  • Peru — Castillo is digging himself into a deeper hole

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

10 Nov 2021 Inflation in Mexico is Still Rocketing, Putting Banxico in a Tough Spot

  • Inflation in Mexico is still rising rapidly, boosted by higher energy tariffs, and the reopening.
  • The near-term outlook remains challenging and infla- tion expectations will continue to head north.
  • Banxico will continue to hike in the near term, but gradually, due to the stuttering economic recovery.

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

9 Nov 2021 Inflation Continues to Rise Rapidly in Chile due to an Array of Shocks

  • Inflation continues to rebound in Chile, on the back of the reopening, and higher commodity prices.
  • The near-term remains challenging, which will force the BCCh to tighten rapidly over the next meetings.
  • Conditions likely will improve by mid-Q1, assuming political risks ease at the margin after November 21.

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

8 Nov 2021 Inflation in Colombia and Peru Continues to Head North

  • Colombia's inflation undershoots in October, thanks to the VAT-free day, but the good news won’t persist.
  • BanRep will have to continue normalising monetary policy over the first half of next year.
  • Inflation in Peru is running hot, and the near-term outlook is grim, the BCRP will hike boldly this week.

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

4 Nov 2021 Uncertainty Continues to Hurt LatAm Currencies

Brazilian Real — Fiscal uncertainty is back

Mexican Peso — Populist AMLO is a key drag

Peruvian New Sol — Castillo's chaotic start

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

1 Nov 2021 Brazil is in a Mess, Thanks to High Inflation, and Mr. Bolsonaro

  • Economic conditions are deteriorating rapidly in Bra- zil, as inflation surges and political risk rises.
  • The fiscal picture is set to worsen, as the spending cap likely will be altered; the BRL is suffering.
  • The COPOM will be forced to tighten ever further; inflation will fall as the economy falls into recession.

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

21 Oct 2021 High Political Risk Likely will Delay the Economic Recovery

  • Brazil — Legal storm clouds gather over Bolsonaro
  • Mexico — AMLO's power reform is a big threat
  • Chile — The election race enters its final stage

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

20 Oct 2021 Increased Policy and Economic Uncertainty in the Southern Cone

  • Presidential and Congressional elections in Chile are fast approaching, and the race remains wide open.
  • Argentina's inflation rebounded sharply in August, despite the government's efforts to limit the upturn.
  • The reopening of the economy and unorthodox policies will keep inflation too high for comfort.

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

15 Oct 2021 Chilean Policymakers are Facing an Inflation and Political Perfect Storm

  • A perfect storm continues to build in Chile for interest rates to surge beyond neutrality.
  • For Chile—as for most of LatAm—higher commodity prices have coincided with increased political risk.
  • Domestic demand remains resilient, but high infla- tion and tighter policy will dent the recovery soon.

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

14 Oct 2021 Battling Between Rising Oil Prices and Increased Political Noise

  • Colombia — Supported by the global energy crisis
  • Chile — In the hands of the pension withdrawal
  • Peru — Cabinet reshuffle boost financial markets

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

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