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Ministry of Finance updates forecasts
CHILE · In Brief · 12 Jul 2016

The Minister of Finance, Rodrigo Valdes, cut from 2% to 1.75% the growth forecast for this year, in line with market expectations. The budget this year was built with an expected GDP growth of 2.75%. The ministry also cut its forecast for the growth rate of domestic demand from 1.9% to 1.4%, and ...

Week of July 11
BRAZIL POLITICS · Report · 11 Jul 2016 · 1 response

This is the last week of legislative activity in Congress. Starting on July 15, there will be a “white recess”, with work resuming in August. The most important event this week is the election of the president of the House.

The Primary Fiscal Target for 2017: A Step Ahead
BRAZIL ECONOMICS · Report · 11 Jul 2016

The announcement of the primary deficit target of R$ 139 billion for next year brought more criticism than praise. After all, even if it is accomplished, the primary deficit will still be very high (2% of GDP), frustrating the expectations of all those who would like to see stronger action by the...

Much Uncertainty about Brexit, Turnaround to Come from Mid-2016
HUNGARY · Forecast · 11 Jul 2016

The Brexit vote of late June has left behind a great deal of uncertainty and the prospect of highly incalculable consequences. The only thing that seems rather certain is that the legal status quo within the EU is unlikely to change before 2018. Even after that date, the UK will remain most proba...

The South African Economy in Dire Need of a Confidence Boost
SOUTH AFRICA · Forecast · 11 Jul 2016

• Economic Growth: On the whole, the South African economy appears to have been stuck in a down phase since 2012 (i.e. when not counting the recession period following the financial crisis). The economy contracted during the first quarter of 2016, and we expect overall growth for 2016 to not exce...

Eid developments in Turkish politics
TURKEY · In Brief · 11 Jul 2016 · 1 response

Nothing ground-breaking transpired in Turkish politics during the 9-day Eid of Ramadan holiday, but the scene is going to heat up very quickly. I thought it would be wise to summarize the recent developments and how they might affect the risk and opportunity prolife of investments. Turkey pushing...

Robust fiscal posture in 1H16
ISRAEL · In Brief · 08 Jul 2016

Israel has maintained strong fiscal credibility so far this year. The fiscal deficit in the first six months reached 3.4bn ILS, compared to 3.8n this time last year. The 12-month rolling deficit reached 2.1% of GDP, similar to last month, but down from April's 2.2%. We note that the fiscal target...

Eduardo Cunha resigns
BRAZIL POLITICS · In Brief · 07 Jul 2016

Earlier this afternoon, Eduardo Cunha (PMDB-RJ) resigned from the presidency of the House of Representatives. Below is an analysis of the consequences of his decision. Disbarment The likelihood is that the case against him, which calls for his disbarment as a congressman, will continue to progres...

The cabinet reshuffle
INDIA · In Brief · 07 Jul 2016

Summary The BJP administration has had negligible changes of the cabinet in its first two years. A cabinet reshuffle, announced on Tuesday, reflects the difficulties faced by the administration in its two years. The reshuffle speaks well for the clarity and clout of the prime minister. Changes at...

Monthly Index of Ecopnomic Activity (IMACEC), May 2016
CHILE · In Brief · 06 Jul 2016

In May, the 12-month variation of the IMACEC was 1.8%. This year, May had 3 trading days more than last year, with an incidence of +0.5%. Our reading of the IMACEC is negative. While the 12-month variation increased from the previous month (0.7% in April), the (rolling) quarterly variation of the...

Dicom drives inflation in July
VENEZUELA · Report · 05 Jul 2016

The newly created Committees for Supplies and Production (CLAP) are in charge of basic food rationing. They are failing to address shortages: their footprint is too small, the supply of goods to distribute is too small, and they choose the winners on political grounds. The government seeks to imp...

More Cuts at Last, but More Needed, while Teachers' Conflict Takes Government Off Guard
MEXICO · Report · 05 Jul 2016

Indicators released last month revealed that key areas of the economy continued to grow at a surprisingly fast pace through the second quarter of the year, but they also pointed to potential signs of weakness ahead. Internal consumption, which has long defended its perch as the main growth driver...

The Fiscal Adjustment, End of the Recession and Easing of Inflation
BRAZIL ECONOMICS · Forecast · 05 Jul 2016

Although the progress of the fiscal adjustment is subject to uncertainties, both because the necessary measures are unpopular and because it is not possible to ignore the political effects of the Lava-Jato investigation, we assume that the government will manage to obtain congressional approval o...

Minutes of the June 2016 Monetary Policy Meeting of the Central Bank of Chile
CHILE · In Brief · 05 Jul 2016

The Minutes reaffirms our perception that the Central Bank is increasingly opening the door to a potential cut of the TPM in the (not so near) future. Only tow Board Members showed certain hawkish bias.In addition, the diagnosis of the economy has become increasingly pessimistic.At the internatio...

Week of July 5
BRAZIL POLITICS · Report · 05 Jul 2016 · 1 response

The Impeachment Committee hears the defense of removed President Dilma Rousseff. In the Senate, gambling legislation may be voted upon. The CCJ in the House may vote on the appeal presented by removed Federal Representative Eduardo Cunha, in which he questions the Ethics Council decision recommen...