from MacroScope:

Low-inflation wave reaches Mexico

January 22, 2015

A Mexican soccer fan watches a large screen broadcasting the 2014 World Cup soccer match between Mexico and Cameroon, in downtown Monterrey

Just as ECB President Mario Draghi announced a massive bond-buying program to revive Europe's economy and fend off deflation fears, news of shockingly low inflation popped up elsewhere in the globe: consumer prices in Mexico dropped 0.19 percent in early January, far below all 19 forecasts in a Reuters poll.

from MacroScope:

Brazil’s GDP outlook for 2015 gets slashed again. But is it low enough?

January 16, 2015

Brazil's Finance Minister Joaquim Levy, pictured through a red LED light of a camera, reacts during a news conference at Brazil's Central Bank in BrasiliaMarket forecasts for Brazil's economic growth this year have been falling steadily for months, reaching a meager 0.5 percent in Reuters latest quarterly poll published on Thursday. One year ago, a similar survey predicted growth of 2.5 percent in 2015.

from Breakingviews:

Water woes could open taps on corporate risk

January 5, 2015

By Antony Currie

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. 

from Breakingviews:

Bad ideas catching up with Latin America in 2015

December 29, 2014

By Martin Hutchinson

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. 

from Breakingviews:

Stick with BRIC

By Edward Hadas
December 23, 2014

By Edward Hadas

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from MacroScope:

Brazil may have escaped recession, but not the minefield

November 26, 2014

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Brazil's newly-re-elected government is set to announce on Friday that the recession that began at the start of 2014 is now over. But a minefield of risks surrounding Latin America's largest economy recommends caution before celebration.

from Breakingviews:

Brazil’s epic water crisis a global wake-up call

November 24, 2014

By Kevin Allison and Antony Currie

The authors are Reuters Breakingviews columnists. The opinions expressed are their own. 

from Breakingviews:

Chiquita inversion slips on cash appeal

October 27, 2014

By Jeffrey Goldfarb

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. 

from Morning Bid with David Gaffen:

Rousseff and the damage done

October 27, 2014

Few political developments in the last several months have been more binary than Brazil’s presidential election. It has been more polarized than the Federal Reserve, the European Central Bank, the Ebola scare, the U.S. Midterm elections, Ukraine and what-have-you.

from MacroScope:

Brazil set to release long-overdue jobless rate just as election race heats up

September 25, 2014

Workers at a General Motors vehicle factory listen during a meeting to discuss their reactions to an announcement of plans to put some 1,000 workers on paid leave, in Sao Jose dos CamposBrazil's unemployment rate has been a mystery for months: a strike in the country's statistics agency, ironically enough, disrupted its main job market survey. The numbers will finally come out in a few hours, less than two weeks before a tight presidential election, and will help voters understand just how bad the recently-confirmed recession has been.