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Best of the recovery now over

Easing virus outbreaks and the lifting of restrictions boosted recoveries across Latin America in Q3, but growth looks set to slow sharply over the coming quarters. The re-opening boost will soon fade. Fiscal support is, or will be, unwound while sustained above-target inflation will prompt more monetary tightening than most analysts expect. Meanwhile, supply constraints and falling commodity prices are becoming headwinds to the regional recovery too. So, having beaten expectations in recent months, the pace of the regional recovery is now likely to disappoint. The spectre of more populist policymaking will keep public debt concerns high, particularly in Brazil, putting local financial markets under pressure.
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Latin America Data Response

Brazil IPCA-15 (May 2022)

The further rise in Brazilian inflation, to 12.2% y/y in the middle of May, supports our view that there will be another 75pb of hikes in the current tightening cycle (to 13.50%). Investors seem to have come round to this view recently. LatAm Drop-In (26th May, 10:00 ET/15:00 BST): Join our 20-minute briefing about Colombia’s election and other regional political and fiscal risks – including Lula vs Bolsonaro in October. Register here.

24 May 2022

Latin America Data Response

Mexico Bi-Weekly CPI (May)

While Mexico’s headline inflation edged down to 7.6% y/y in the first two weeks of May, this will provide little comfort to the central bank as price pressures remain stubbornly strong. The risks are still skewed towards Banxico becoming more aggressive and delivering a 75bp rate hike at its next meeting in June. LatAm Drop-In (26th May, 10:00 ET/15:00 BST): Join our 20-minute briefing about Colombia’s election and other regional political and fiscal risks – including Lula vs Bolsonaro in October. Register here.

24 May 2022

Latin America Economics Weekly

Chile’s new constitution, Brazil’s improving finances

Some of the doubts over Chile’s political system have eased after the Constitutional Convention completed a draft of the new charter, but political risks remain high for now, which may keep the peso on the backfoot in the coming months. Elsewhere, while the Brazilian government’s budget deficit has continued to narrow, we don’t think the country’s fiscal troubles are over for good. LatAm Drop-In (26th May, 10:00 ET/15:00 BST): Join our 20-minute briefing about Colombia’s election and other regional political and fiscal risks – including Lula vs Bolsonaro in October. Register here.

20 May 2022

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Latin America Chart Book

Fiscal risks in the spotlight

The growing likelihood that Brazil’s government will circumvent its spending cap adds to broader signs that austerity is becoming politically difficult to implement across the region. For instance, Ecuadorian President Lasso recently U-turned on a plan to reduce fuel subsidies after facing the threat of protests. That echoes the decision by Colombia’s government to dilute tax hikes after mass demonstrations there earlier this year. With a busy electoral calendar approaching (e.g. in Chile, Colombia and Brazil), it seems unlikely that policymakers will push through the (harsh) austerity needed to reduce public debt risks. This feeds into our view that financial markets will come under further pressure across much of Latin America.

26 October 2021

Latin America Economic Outlook

A slow and bumpy path to recovery

Severe COVID-19 outbreaks across Latin America will put a brake on the region’s economic recovery in Q2. While we’re more optimistic than most that the rollout of vaccines will boost output later this year and in 2022, we still think that Latin America will emerge from this crisis in worse shape than other EM regions. Central banks will keep monetary policy looser than is currently priced into financial markets.

22 April 2021

Latin America Economics Update

Latin America: Key calls for 2020

To mark the new year, our various teams have published a series of key calls notes setting out what to watch for in 2020. This Update wraps up some of our key views for Latin America.

18 December 2019
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