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Prime rate raised by extra 1 ppt up to 14.5%
UKRAINE · In Brief · 14 Dec 2017

Today the Central bank one more time increased prime rate by 1 ppt up to 14.5%. Strong inflation is the main reason for this decision. For 11m 2017 CPI grew by 12.5% ytd already beating 12.2% ytd of the Central bank inflation forecast for the total year. At the same time, our CPI projection of +1...

South Africa’s current account deficit narrows to 2.3% of GDP
SOUTH AFRICA · Report · 14 Dec 2017

The surplus on the South African trade balance widened once again during the third quarter of 2017, a trend that started during the last quarter of 2016, making it the fourth consecutive quarter of a trade surplus growth. The trade surplus increased to R71 billion during the quarter from R64 bill...

MPC tries to escape with the minimum
TURKEY · Report · 14 Dec 2017

The CBRT’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) raised the Late Liquidity Window (LLW) lending rate by a lower than expected 50 basis points (bps) to 12.75% from 12.25%. As broadly expected, the MPC left all other interest rates unchanged (one-week repo rate at 8.0%, O/N lending and borrowing rates at...

The mountain in labor
ECUADOR · Report · 13 Dec 2017

At the end of November, former President Rafael Correa threatened Moreno and his fellow “traitor supporters” that he would return to Ecuador and expel them from the presidency and the membership of Alianza Pais, respectively. He also promised Ecuadorians he would stop the referendum on grounds ...

Setting the election stage
RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS · Report · 13 Dec 2017

Russia’s leadership once again announced its victory in Syria and started a troop withdrawal. The moment was carefully chosen to precede the presidential election in March 2018. However, Russia also demonstrated its long-range bomber strike capability to prove that it will remain involved in the ...

Chinese capital flight 3.0 three new nethods of capital flight are testing the regulators
CHINA ADVISORY · Report · 12 Dec 2017

For the ninth straight month, in October China’s foreign exchange reserves continued to rise, reaching US$3.11trn. SDR-denominated foreign exchange reserves also bounced back to a level above $2.2trn. After witnessing China’s crackdown on capital flight in 2017, and with stable foreign exchange r...

Tax reform: down to the wire (4)
PHILIPPINES · In Brief · 12 Dec 2017

With, we learned, the Secretary of Finance in attendance facilitating discussions, the Bicameral Conference Committee on the tax reform bill pulled a couple of all-nighters since last week to finally have a reconciled version of tax package 1. The two chambers of congress are expected to ratify t...

Synthesis of the Brazilian Economy
BRAZIL ECONOMICS · Report · 11 Dec 2017

The fragility of the Temer administration is demonstrated by the obstacles it faces in obtaining approval of the pension reform, undermining the chances of victory of a candidate drawn from the current governing coalition in next year’s presidential race. This situation is reason for high anxiety...

Economic recovery and political conflict
PERU · Report · 11 Dec 2017

While the economy is showing clear signs of improvement, the political realm is riven by strife. Corruption allegations linked to Brazilian construction firms’ scandals seem to be extending to all ambits of government. Still-unclear information from Brazil suggests that Keiko Fujimori’s 2011 pres...

Week of December 11
BRAZIL POLITICS · Report · 11 Dec 2017

The government continues negotiations around Pension Reform ahead of a possible vote next week. The Lower House may vote on the bill that deals with the renegotiation of rural debt, and the Senate may conclude the vote on the provisional measure that extends the special customs regime for the oil...

2017 inflation: 2300 percent
VENEZUELA · Report · 11 Dec 2017 · 1 response

​Hyperinflation is the new normal in Venezuela since November. We estimate that the monthly inflation rate reached 56 percent in November and project 61 percent for December. This forecast has a slight downside risk due to seasonal factors, but hyperinflation dynamics could easily override season...

Monetary Policy
BRAZIL ECONOMICS · Report · 11 Dec 2017

The Central Bank cut the interest rate by 50 basis points to 7% at the last COPOM meeting of 2017, and signaled a residual reduction at the start of next year. The inflationary picture remains very benign, strengthening our belief that the interest rate will not be raised in 2018. The communiq...

Economics: Divining future economic policy
MEXICO · Report · 11 Dec 2017

Only two of the major campaigns (Morena and the Front) have registered their 2018 platforms so far. However, when it comes to economic proposals both show a mix of orthodoxy and programs clearly designed to appeal to voters troubled by weakened household economies and an international context mar...

Politics: AMLO and front vying for discontents
MEXICO · Report · 11 Dec 2017

The latest public opinion poll conducted by GEA-ISA provides data on the relative strengths and weaknesses of the parties, and their actual or future candidates, and casts doubt on some widely held assumptions. In terms of voter’s party preferences, the PRI, PAN, and Morena all enjoy about 20%...

Q3 GDP and October BOP
TURKEY · Report · 11 Dec 2017

Here are some quick reactions on today’s two important data releases, which we shall follow up in the coming days and reports, with more analysis/thoughts. GDP growth surprised on the upside in Q3, coming in at a whopping (unadjusted) 11.1%, y/y and 9.6% (working day-adjusted), higher than the...