Mexico Industrial Production (Jul.)

The stronger-than-expected 1.1% m/m rise in Mexico’s industrial production in July provides some encouragement that the economy fared well despite the onset of a third virus wave earlier this quarter. That said, the latest surveys point to a worse performance in August, while weakening US demand and ongoing global shortages will hold back Mexican industry over the coming months. CE Spotlight 2021: The Rebirth Of Inflation? We’re holding a week of online events from 27th September to accompany our special research series. Event details and registration here.
Nikhil Sanghani Emerging Markets Economist
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Central banks were once again in the spotlight this week after the supersized 125bp rate hike in Chile, but one issue that is often overlooked is the damaging impact of rising interest rates on public finances across the region. Brazil is particularly vulnerable on this front, and may resort to financial repression over the medium term to alleviate debt risks. Otherwise, an agreement to cut Mercosur's common external tariff is a positive step towards liberalisation but, as always, domestic politics could be a hurdle for further progress.

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Chile: front-loaded tightening cycle has further to run

The surprisingly large 125bp rate hike delivered by Chile’s central bank yesterday, to 2.75%, suggests that it will continue to front-load its tightening cycle to clamp down on high inflation. We now expect a further 225bp of hikes in this cycle, to 5.00%, by the end of Q1 2022 (previously 4.00%).

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Peru: BCRP stepping up pace of tightening

Yesterday’s larger 50bp rate hike, to 1.00%, delivered by Peru’s central bank (BCRP) suggests it is becoming increasingly concerned about the inflation outlook. With inflation set to stay above the 1-3% target range over the coming quarters, and GDP growth likely to beat expectations, we now think that the policy rate will rise to 2.00% by end-2021 and 3.50% by end-2022 (previously 1.25% and 2.75%).

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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.

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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.

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