Latin America Economics

Latin America Chart Book

25 October, 2018

Brazil and Argentina: reform hopes rising… for now

The sharp rallies in the Argentine peso and Brazilian real reflect growing optimism that economic policymaking will improve in both countries, but markets seem to be looking through the political hurdles to reform that are building. While Argentina’s IMF deal has alleviated near-term default risks and prompted tighter policy, the public backlash against austerity seems to be building. As we’ve warned before, this could result in fiscal slippage by the Macri government (and stoke tensions with

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