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23 Nov 2022 LatAm Monitor Mexico's Retail Sales Stalled in Q3, and the Near-Term Outlook is Dark

  • Retail sales in Mexico fell for a second consecutive month in September, hit by still-high inflation.
  • Tighter financial conditions are also helping to put the sector under renewed strain.
  • Still-solid remittances from abroad, and a resilient labour market, will prevent a collapse, for now.

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

15 Nov 2022 LatAm Monitor Mexican Manufacturing is Slowing, Which will Make Banxico Uneasy

  • Industrial output in Mexico is edging lower, and the sector faces a cloudy domestic and external outlook.
  • Tighter financial conditions and the weakening of the U.S. economy are key threats.
  • Slowing manufacturing, falling inflation and the MXN rebound, will allow Banxico to hold rates in Q1.

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

8 Nov 2022 LatAm Monitor The Mexican Economy Defied Many Drags in Q3, but Pain is Coming

  • Mexico’s economy was resilient in Q3, despite weakening sectoral and survey data.
  • But the good news won’t last; still-high inflation and tighter financial conditions remain threats.
  • Most importantly, a weakening U.S. economy, hitting manufacturing and remittances, is a huge risk.

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

25 Oct 2022 LatAm Monitor Inflation in Mexico is now Heading South, but Banxico won't Back Down

  • Headline inflation in Mexico probably peaked in Q3, and we expect it to edge down in the near term.
  • Core inflation remains sticky, but not for long, as the economic recovery stutters and shocks finally fade.
  • Brazil’s external accounts remain resilient, providing a cushion against uncertainty elsewhere.

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

21 Oct 2022 LatAm Monitor Politics Remains Centre Stage in a Complicated External Backdrop

The runoff polls continue to show Lula in the pole position, but anything can happen in a week.

The shambolic start to Gustavo Petro’s presidency will keep the COP and external accounts under strain.

Exports remain solid, but import contraction should help stabilize the trade deficit, albeit at a wide level.

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

27 Sept 2022 LatAm Monitor July IGAE Showed a Resilient Mexican Economy, but Not for Long

  • Mexico’s economy was resilient at the start of Q3, thanks to improving manufacturing activity...
  • ...But sentiment indicators and survey data suggest that a slowdown will probably emerge soon.
  • Brazil’s eternal accounts remain healthy, despite the recent deterioration on a sequential basis.

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

26 Sept 2022 LatAm Monitor Activity was Sturdy in H1 in Mexico and Argentina, but Risks Abound

  • Mexico’s GDP likely rose marginally in July, but a modest downtrend will emerge soon.
  • Argentina’s economy remained surprisingly resilient in H1, but the outlook has deteriorated rapidly.
  • Inflation is rebounding, rates will continue to be hiked, and external conditions have worsened. 

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

19 Sept 2022 LatAm Monitor Slowing GDP Growth in the Andes will Make Central Banks Uneasy

  • Colombia’s economy started Q3 on a weak footing, as high inflation weighs on consumers’ spending.
  • Peru’s economic recovery stalled in July and leading indicators point to further weakness in the near term.
  • Weakening growth momentum will force central banks to stop hiking rates, assuming inflation cedes.

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

15 Sept 2022 LatAm Monitor Global Inflation Risks Have Spooked LatAm Markets

  • Brazil — Hit by political noise and commodity prices
  • Colombia — Orthodoxy is not enough to ease the pain
  • Chile — Political questions not abating

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

8 Sept 2022 LatAm Monitor FX Update Bold Hikes Protect Currencies Against Political Risk

Brazilian Real — Will political risk sky-rocket soon?

Mexican Peso — Resilient, despite AMLO

Argentinian Peso — A new FX rate for soy exports

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

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