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Brazil Economic Outlook. Third quarter 2018

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Growth prospects deteriorate due to the financial volatility, the negative effects of exchange rate depreciation, doubts about whether the next government will face fiscal problems and the consequences of the recent truckers’ strike, among other factors. Thus the recovery process will be more gradual than expected

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Country Risk Quarterly Report. Second quarter 2018

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During May we have seen the first overall increase in CDS spreads since Nov-2016. However, the recent turmoil in EMs has merely impacted on Global Risk Aversion (GRA). Our newly developed indicator of EM FX synchronization indicates that the recent depreciation in EM FX rates has had a relatively low level of synchronization among EMs currencies

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Presentation Brazil Economic Outlook. Second quarter 2018

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GDP grew 1.0% in 2017 and should accelerate gradually going forward. We maintain our GDP growth forecasts of 2.1% in 2018 and 3.0% in 2019. Political and fiscal developments will shape the future economic performance; the sustainability of the economic recovery requires the adoption of structural measures to bring the fiscal deterioration to an end.

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Country Risk Quarterly Report. First Quarter 2018

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Following the recent turmoil in equity markets during February, we have observed a decoupling of different Global Risk Aversion (GRA) indicators. Markets seem to be giving much less value to the risk accounted for sovereign ratings. The tightening of sovereign spreads (CDS) is outstanding.

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Brazil Economic Outlook. First quarter 2018

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The economy has recovered faster than expected in 2017. Taking this and the improvements in the global environment into account, we revised our growth forecasts upwards. We expect that, after growing 1.0% in 2017, GDP will grow 2.1% in 2018 and 3.0% in 2019. However, the materialization of political and fiscal risks could bring the recovery process to an end.

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Country Risk Report. Fourth Quarter 2017

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Global risk aversion stabilizes at historically low levels. Despite recent geopolitical tensions, all indicators remain virtually unchanged. Continued decline in sovereign CDS over the past year has led many countries to reach new historical lows

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Deleveraging after the burst of a credit-bubble

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We present the results of an empirical exercise in which we seek to explain the deleveraging process that follows the burst of a credit bubble following a systemic banking crisis. We have built up two new databases and have estimated a SUR regression model to jointly explain and predict how strong and how fast private leverage falls after the burst of a credit-bubble.

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Country Risk Report. Third Quarter 2017

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Financial markets’ risk-on mood tightens sovereign spreads beyond fundamentals, while financial disequilibria turn on some warning signals in some Advanced Economies

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Country Risk Report. Second Quarter 2017

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Financial tensions, Global Risk Aversion (GRA) and sovereign markets spreads have been decreasing for over a year, reaching lows not seen since the spring of 2014 or 2007. Most of the large sovereign spread’s increases seen during the turmoil in 2015 and 2016 in EMs has vanished

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Country Risk Report. First Quarter 2017

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Yet another quarter in which Financial Tensions, Global Risk Aversion (GRA) and Sovereign CDS have all been easing significantly across the board. The overall decrease in CDS spreads reduced downgrade pressures and increased upgrade ones for most countries. The decline in downgrade pressure was specially noticeable in LatAm , but it was also felt in the rest of EMs.

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Country Risk Report. Fourth Quarter 2016

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Turkey was downgraded by S&P and Moody’s. Hungary and Korea were upgraded by S&P. Financial tensions, Global Risk Aversion and sovereign CDS have all been trending downwards since the turmoil at the beginning of the year. China still faces the largest downgrade pressure from the markets, that has significantly risen for Portugal.

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The economic consequences of Brexit

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The UK has decided to exit the European Union in a referendum with a 52%-48% margin, and a participation rate of 72%. Prime Minister (PM) Cameron has resigned and will remain in charge until October, when the Conservative Party will choose its next leader. This note and the attached presentation look at the economic consequences of Brexit.

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Country Risk Report. Second Quarter 2016

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Argentina was upgraded by the three agencies after its return to the bond markets. Ireland was upgraded by Moody’s. Fitch downgraded Brazil and upgraded Hungary. The market pressure (downgrades/upgrades) has stabilized after a calmed quarter. Turkey, Chile, Colombia, China and Malaysia still on the spotlight.

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The current account balance and the oil price shock

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The slump in oil and other commodity prices since mid-2014 is having an important impact on the current account balances (CAB) across the World. While the cyclical effects are already affecting the short-term financing needs of oil exporters in particular, the structural or permanent effects of the lower oil prices will affect countries’ structural balances as well.

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Country Risk Report First Quarter 2016

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Financial tensions in Emerging Markets (EMs) soared back to August levels driven by falling commodity prices and stock market turmoil in China, but receded somewhat in February, when the focus changed to the DMs’ banking sector, and after the recent oil price recovery.

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