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Argentina & the IMF: deal or no deal?

Although the Argentine government and the IMF do not fully see eye-to-eye, there have been signs of progress in negotiations and we think it’s most likely that they will sign a fresh agreement within the next few months. That would probably give some relief to bondholders in the near term. But we remain sceptical that a new IMF deal would be enough to fix Argentina’s economic issues over the coming years. Drop-In: Neil Shearing will host an online panel of our senior economists to answer your questions and update on macro and markets this Thursday, 13th January (11:00 ET/16:00 GMT). Register for the latest on everything from Omicron to the Fed to our key calls for 2022. Registration here.  
Nikhil Sanghani Emerging Markets Economist
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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

Latin America Data Response

Chile GDP (Q1)

The 0.8% q/q contraction in Chile’s GDP in Q1 suggests the economy is coming back down to earth after a stellar 2021, and there is a growing chance of a recession this year. Meanwhile, the current account deficit widened to a worryingly large 7.3% of GDP, making the economy especially vulnerable to a further tightening of external financial conditions.

18 May 2022

Latin America Economics Update

Colombia’s economy to beat expectations this year

The solid 1.0% q/q rise in Colombia’s GDP in Q1 suggests the economy came through the Omicron virus wave in good shape and, given the recent surge in oil prices, we expect above-consensus growth of 6.0% this year. That said, a possible victory for interventionist Gustavo Petro in the upcoming presidential elections may weigh on investment and growth further ahead. EM Drop-In (17th May): Do current EM debt strains point to a repeat of the kinds of crises seen in the 1980s and 1990s? Join our special briefing on EM sovereign debt risk on Tuesday. Register now.

17 May 2022

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Latin America Economics Update

Mexico: few signs of green shoots

After slipping into a technical recession at the back end of 2021, the latest surveys suggest that Mexico’s economy remains in a weak spot at the start of 2022 owing to Omicron-related disruption.

2 February 2022

Latin America Data Response

Mexico GDP (Q4 Prov.)

The 0.1% q/q fall in Mexico’s GDP in Q4 confirmed that the economy slipped into a recession over the second half of 2021, and we think growth this year will be weaker than most expect. Despite the softness of the economy, we expect that Banxico will prioritise tackling high inflation and will deliver another 50bp rate hike next week, to 6.00%.

31 January 2022

Latin America Economics Update

Nudging up our Colombia rate forecast

The surprisingly hawkish shift on Colombia’s central bank board at Friday’s meeting, when the policy rate was increased by 100bp to 4.00%, suggests that the tightening cycle will be more aggressive than we had thought. We now expect the policy rate to reach 7.00% in this cycle (previously 6.00%).

31 January 2022
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