May 31, 2019
Javier Amador is Principal Economist of BBVA Research. He joined BBVA Research in 2002. He has worked mainly in macroeconomic and financial analysis related to the Mexican, US and global economy. Between 2005 and 2007 he was a Senior Economist in the US team where he analyzed inflation and monetary policy mainly. He was a Principal Economist in the Global Financial Scenarios Team from 2010 to 2013 where he followed mainly Monetary Policy.
He obtained the Degree in Economics at the Monterrey Institute of Technology (ITESM) in 2000 with the highest honors (Summa Cum Laude), and an MsC in macroeconomics and finance subjects at the University of Birmingham in 2001.
Incremental tariffs (up to 25%) would likely push the Mexican economy into a recession; inflation risks, an overly hawkish Banxico and fiscal constraints would limit the room for countercyclical fiscal and/or monetary policies.
In our view, the start of the easing cycle is likely to come later than warranted. Banxico remained overly hawkish in its quarterly inflation report (yesterday) and in the minutes of the last meeting (16 May) released today.