Mexico Consumer Prices (Aug.)

The drop in Mexico’s headline inflation rate to 5.6% y/y in August masks a further rise in core inflation, to 4.8% y/y, which will be a concern for the central bank. This suggests that its gradual tightening cycle has further to run; we expect another 25bp rate hike to 4.75% at the next meeting later this month.
Nikhil Sanghani Emerging Markets Economist
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Central banks and Omicron, Colombia CA risks

The emergence of the Omicron variant presents a key risk to economic recoveries in the region, although the experience from the latest virus wave in the region provides a reason to think it will not result in a permanent hit to output. In the meantime, central banks across the region will remain focussed on tackling high inflation with further rate hikes. Otherwise, data this week showed that Colombia's current account deficit widened even further in Q3 and the recent drop in oil prices will add to the growing external vulnerabilities there.

3 December 2021

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Brazil Industrial Production (Oct.)

The surprise 0.6% m/m fall in Brazilian industrial production in October and weakness in the surveys for last month provide early evidence that the contraction in the economy last quarter may be followed by another q/q drop in GDP in Q4.

3 December 2021

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Brazil GDP (Q3 2021)

The 0.1% q/q fall in Brazilian GDP in Q3 confirmed that problems in the agricultural and industrial sectors tipped the economy into a technical recession. And with financial conditions tightening, the terms of trade worsening, and the threat from the new Omicron variant, the risks to our GDP growth forecast for next year of 1.3% are skewed firmly to the downside. Copom may temper its hawkish sentiment a bit at its meeting next week, with a 150bp hike (rather than 175bp) now looking more likely.

2 December 2021

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Chile Consumer Prices (Aug.)

The further rise in Chile’s inflation to 4.8% y/y in August suggests that the central bank’s tightening cycle has a lot further to run. We expect a further 100bp of rate hikes, to 2.50%, by end-2021 but, given the concerning inflation outlook, the risks are skewed towards more aggressive tightening.

8 September 2021

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Chile GDP (Q2 2021)

The stronger-than-expected 1.0% q/q rise in Chile’s GDP, alongside the brightening economic outlook, means we are raising our above-consensus 2021 growth forecast to 10% (from 9%). We also expect that the central bank’s tightening cycle will be more aggressive, with the policy rate set to rise to 1.50% by end-2021 (previously 1.25%) and 3.25% by mid-2022, from 0.75% now.

18 August 2021

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Colombia: BanRep to hike despite Q2 GDP drop

The sharper-than-expected 2.4% q/q fall in Colombia’s GDP in Q2 was largely due to protest-related disruption in May and masked a strong rebound in output at the end of the quarter. The economic recovery appears to be progressing well so far in Q3, so we still expect that the central bank (BanRep) will begin a tightening cycle at its next meeting in September with a 25bp rate hike (to 2.00%).

18 August 2021
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