Matthew Malinowski and David Biller – Bloomberg Business, 10/26/2015
Brazil analysts forecast faster inflation and see less room for cuts in the benchmark rate for 2016, as political turmoil hobbles efforts to fortify fiscal accounts and avoid a second sovereign downgrade to junk.
Brazil’s Selic rate will be 13 percent at the end of next year, according to the Oct. 23 central bank survey of about 100 analysts. That’s up from the previous week’s estimate of 12.75 percent and marks the third straight week the forecast has risen. Inflation next year will reach 6.22 percent, the analysts said, up from 6.12 percent the previous week.
The outlook for faster inflation appears in the first Focus survey since the central bank altered its monetary policy communique to remove language indicating a goal of slowing consumer price increases to target by year-end 2016. Renewed political friction threatening the government’s fiscal adjustment along with the recession has clouded the outlook for the nation’s credit rating, which Standard & Poor’s downgraded to junk in September.
Paulo Trevisani, Wall Street Journal, 8/4/2015
Protesters from a far-left organization that calls for the distribution of farmland to the poor occupied Brazil’s Finance Ministry, forcing the suspension of official business in the building.
Brazil’s Finance Minister Joaquim Levy. Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg
The Landless Farmers Movement, also known as MST, was protesting cuts in funding for land distribution to 1.8 billion Brazilian reais ($520 million) from 3.5 billion reais, a spokeswoman for the group said at the site.
A spokesman for the Agrarian Development Ministry, the body in charge of Brazil’s land-distribution program, said that figure referred to the full size of cuts across the ministry, although a good part of it was related to land distribution.
Eric Chemi – CNBC, 8/1/2015
Earlier this week, Deutsche Bank put out an analysis of the most woeful countries. In particular, the write up contained a smart little paragraph on a global powerhouse that used to be a darling of the global economy:
Arthur Okun’s misery index sums unemployment with inflation as a measure of hardship – at least for the man on the street. Suffering politicians, meanwhile, are in serious trouble when they join the so-called Calamitous Club. Membership – reserved for governments whose poll ratings are below their country’s inflation rate – is exclusive. Indeed, until last week only Venezuela’s ruling socialists made the grade. No longer.
The piece was part of a broader note, authored by UK-based managing director Stuart Kirk. Here is where the juicy part begins:
Paulo Travisani – The Wall Street Journal, 7/26/2015
Brazil’s version of the Federal Reserve will almost certainly raise its benchmark Selic interest rate next week for the 16th time in just over two years in a bid to fight escalating inflation.
Trouble is, prices aren’t cooperating. Brazil’s annual inflation rate recently hit 9.25%. That is more than double the official 4.5% target and up substantially from 6.5% in April 2013, when the bank started raising rates.
That double-whammy of high rates and inflation are weighing on Latin America’s largest economy, which is contracting this year.
Another day, another disastrous data point from Brazil. The national statistics office revealed on Tuesday that retail sales fell a seasonally adjusted 0.9 per cent in May from April and by (an unadjusted) 4.5 per cent year on year.
The figures were much worse than expected. A Bloomberg survey had predicted a 0.3 per cent month-on-month contraction in the headline figure. A look into the detail shows the extent to which Brazil’s consumer credit-driven growth model has collapsed.
Filipe Pacheco – Bloomberg Business, 7/01/2015
Brazil’s Central Bank President Alexandre Tombini reiterated that policy makers are committed to the goal of bringing inflation to target at the end of next year.
Policy makers are seeing market expectations converge toward the center of the inflation target of 4.5 percent per year in the “mid- to long-term interval,” Tombini said at an event in Sao Paulo on Wednesday evening. “Our goal is to bring inflation to the center of the target at the end of 2016.”
He added that the central bank’s goal has been to prevent inflationary effects of “relative price realignment in the short term from being transmitted to a longer horizon.”
Rogerio Jelmayer – The Wall Street Journal, 6/29/2015
Brazil’s central bank president reaffirmed the country’s commitment to reduce inflation, despite negative impacts in economic activity in the short term.
Central bank head Alexandre Tombini said the monetary authority is committed to bring the country’s rampant inflation down to the official target by the end of next year.
“We are conducting a classic economic adjustment, which is necessary to reduce domestic and external vulnerabilities, put public debt back on a declining path and send inflation back to its target by the end of 2016,” Mr. Tombini said Sunday in a speech during the annual general meeting of the Bank for International Settlements, which took place in Basel, Switzerland.