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Corruption scandals hit political parties hard
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC · Forecast · 07 Nov 2017

In Q3 economic activity seems to have recovered as a result of the recent monetary stimulus. In July, GDP growth (measured IMAE) was 3.1%, and in August it was 5.1%. Despite the upturn, the trend seems to point to a slowdown in growth and a convergence towards the long-term rate (5%) or a moderat...

USA relaxes visa ban on Turkey, but tensions fail to decline
TURKEY · In Brief · 06 Nov 2017 · 1 response

USA consulates in Turkey will begin evaluating visa applications two hours a day as of today, after the Embassy posted a statement in its website claiming that State Department had received assurances from Ankara no employees will be detained for political charges. The Turkish Embassy in Washingt...

Synthesis of the Brazilian Economy
BRAZIL ECONOMICS · Report · 06 Nov 2017

President Temer has managed to forestall three attempted investigations of corruption: one in the Superior Electoral Tribunal and two in the Chamber of Deputies. To achieve this, he has spent a relevant part of his scant political capital, condemning the country to 11 months of agony until the ne...

Week of November 6
BRAZIL POLITICS · Report · 06 Nov 2017

After a slow week, Congress resumes activity following the publication of fiscal austerity provisional measures. Federal civil servants are organizing protests to take place on Friday, November 10, against the postponement of salary increases. In the economy, we highlight the release of inflation...

Expectations improved after the post-electoral announcements
ARGENTINA · Forecast · 06 Nov 2017

After winning the mid-term election, President Macri outlined his future policies in a short and clear speech on October 30, 2017. He announced that his government will pursue policies aimed at reducing poverty, opening the Argentine economy to the world, fighting inflation and reinvigorating gro...

Politics: Spiraling Murder Rate Largely Ignored
MEXICO · Report · 06 Nov 2017 · 1 response

The latest official data showed the death toll from intentional homicides (2,564) made September the second deadliest month on record, surpassed only by June’s tally. In relative terms – murders per 100,000 inhabitants – we probably have already surpassed the previous peak year of 2011, when the...

Economics: Pemex Profits Belie Capex Effects
MEXICO · Report · 06 Nov 2017

When releasing its preliminary results for the third quarter of 2017 last week, Petróleos Mexicanos once again decided to emphasize the results of its efforts to strengthen the company’s financial health while trying to avoid as much as possible the extent to which oil and gas production has cont...

Slow Recovery of Industrial Production and Investments
BRAZIL ECONOMICS · Report · 06 Nov 2017

The data for September confirm that industrial output is still recovering, but at a slow pace. Although production of capital goods dipped after having expanded for five straight months, the growth of capital goods imports will lead to an increase in gross fixed capital formation. All the same, w...

Maduro's foreign debt strategy
VENEZUELA · In Brief · 05 Nov 2017 · 3 responses

After keeping markets on the edge by delaying payment on the Pdvsa 2020 until the last minute, Nicolás Maduro announced he is moving to “refinance and restructure” (sic) Venezuela’s foreign debt, thereby opening a new political front with default on the horizon. On Thursday 2 November, Maduro den...

Political and Economic Update
TURKEY · Report · 05 Nov 2017 · 1 response

We now rate Turkey’s political risk profile as high and rising among peer EMs. The upcoming trial of Mr. Reza Zarrab is likely to throw negative news Turkey’s way. He may have already chosen to cooperate with the prosecution. If this is true, the odds of a guilty verdict for the other defendant(s...

Further bad news on inflation
HUNGARY · In Brief · 04 Nov 2017

Regarding CPI-inflation, which happens to be in the MNB's narrow focus, almost everything is fine for now, or at least so it seems from where the Monetary Council is looking. But we think inflation is a much broader concept, and its various aspects are unlikely to remain fully isolated in any lon...

October Inflation: Another Bad Print
TURKEY · Report · 03 Nov 2017

At 2.1%, m/m, consumer price inflation surprised on the upside, with the 12-month rate rising to just under 12% (11.9%), up from 11.2% in September. Producer prices also rose sharply, to 17.3%, from 16.3% a month earlier, attesting to continuation of cost-push pressures and quite possibly, a chan...

CBRT Report: Buying Time, But For What?
TURKEY · Report · 01 Nov 2017 · 1 response

The CBRT has released this year's final Inflation Report today. The 2017 year-end estimate was revised upwards by 1.1 percentage points (pps) to 9.8% (midpoint of a band between 9.3% and 10.3%), from the previous report’s estimate, which, notably, is also higher than the 9.5% estimate in the late...

The Apple of Discord
COLOMBIA · Report · 31 Oct 2017

The 2018 national budget as approved by Congress included some significant differences from the original proposal, mainly in the partial restoration of severe proposed cuts to investment and spending. Congress raised investment to 4.1% of GDP, from the proposed 3.5% of GDP (yet it’ll still be dow...

A step closer to formal dictatorship
VENEZUELA · Report · 31 Oct 2017 · 1 response

The government beat all expectations in state elections held last October 15 thanks to a combination of low opposition turnout, electoral machine efficiency, and dirty National Electoral Council tricks. These results may have cleared the way for Nicolás Maduro’s regime to consolidate as an undemo...