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The high uncertainty triggered by the Covid-19 crisis has stressed the need to monitor the evolution of the economy in “real time”. We developed a set of Big Data indicators to track Investment in Real Time and High Definition, extending the analysis to assess the business cycle and complementing our tracker of consumption.
Investment in Mexico has been falling in recent years. This is a worrying trend. This component of aggregate demand is of fundamental importance since it determines the long-term productive capacity and, therefore, the potential growth rate of the economy.
The number of alerts about the possibility that Mexico's credit rating falls below investment grade has grown in recent weeks. I believe that, in the absence of significant measures, this will happen either next year or in 2022.
Industrial Production (IP) grew by 8.6% yoy in calendar adjusted terms, surprising expectations on the upside in December (7% BBVA Research vs. 6.6% market median). Thus, IP growth accelerated to 5.8% yoy in 4Q19 after its yearly contraction of 0.5% in 3Q19. 2019 GDP growth will likely be materialized at above 0.5% yoy.
We have just done our forecasting exercise for the global economy and the Colombian economy, and we are seeing the glass get a little fuller. We do not see a world with spectacular growth, but we do see a world in which uncertainty is less than it was a few months ago, allowing world growth to stabilize.
It is time to recapitulate what 2019 left us and what we should focus on in 2020. The year that has just ended left us in terms of the global economy great episodes of volatility marked by commercial issues but also by eternal political-economic novels such as Brexit.
Mexico, Canada and US have reached an agreement to renew the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) entered into 25 years ago and which president Donald Trump promised to renegotiate during his electoral campaign. It's important to remember that an understanding had already been reached in December of last year.
In The Godfather movies, you can never cease to be surprised at the feeling you get that when the main character knows more than you. That he is one step ahead. This is what Al Pacino makes quite clear when he tells his brother Fredo: “I know it was you” (who betrayed me.)