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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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2 Dec 2022 LatAm Monitor Will Brazil's Economy Continue to Go from Strength-to-Strength in H1

Brazil’s real GDP has risen for a fifth consecutive quarter; output is about 5% above pre-Covid level...

...But the balance of risks for 2023 is to the downside, due mainly to increased fiscal threats.

Policy uncertainty could keep interest rates high for even longer, and the global economy won’t help.

Andres Abadia (Senior International Economist)Latin America

25 Nov 2022 LatAm Monitor The Inflation Picture Continues to Improve in Brazil... and Mexico, Just

Inflation continues to fall rapidly in Brazil, but increased fiscal uncertainty remains a threat. 

Headline inflation in Mexico surprised to the downside again in November, but the core remains sticky. 

Softening demand, favourable base effects and high interest rates will push core inflation down 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

16 Nov 2022 LatAm Monitor Brazil's Economy Remains Resilient; the BCRP is Playing Safe for Now

  • Brazil’s recovery continued in H2, but risks are tilted to the downside, due chiefly to high interest rates.
  • Peru’s central bank increased interest rates last week, and left the door open to further tightening...
  • ...But it will move to the sidelines soon, as inflation is finally falling, and economic activity stutters.

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

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

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

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

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

13 Sept 2022 LatAm Monitor Mexico's Manufacturing Continues to Shoulder the Industrial Recovery

  • Mexico’s industrial sector has remained relatively resilient, thanks chiefly to strength in manufacturing.
  • Construction and mining/oil remain in the doldrums; AMLO’s policies are holding them back.
  • The public finances remain the bright spot in Mexico, but next year's budget assumes too rosy an outlook.

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

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