Brazil: Copom keeping its foot on the brakes

The statement from yesterday’s Brazilian central bank meeting, at which the Selic rate was raised by 100bp (to 6.25%), made clear that Copom is on the warpath to stop inflation expectations rising. With the inflation outlook worsening, we now think that the Selic rate will be raised to 9.00% by early next year (our previous forecast was 7.50%).
William Jackson Chief Emerging Markets Economist
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