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Argentina: New Brooms and Dirty Bathrooms

“Events, my dear boy, events.” (British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan on the greatest challenge for politicians.)    The Argentine Presidential election season unofficially opened on Sunday, when it was revealed…

Best of Times 2?

In a previous blog I argued that the common perception about developing countries being the beneficiaries of record commodity prices (“the best in generations”) had to be significantly qualified: world…

Brazil is not underperforming

In the blog just prior to this, Roberto Rigobon stated his view that external factors (“luck”) have accounted for recent Brazilian higher rates of growth: “It seems that policy has…

Is Brazil underperforming?

Recently I posted a blog titled Underperforming Latinos where I asked the question whether Latin American countries were growing at par, or where just not growing fast enough. Several of…

Best of Times?

We all have heard, more than once, that these are great times for developing countries: world growth and commodity prices are at record highs, while interest rates are at record…

Inflation Targeting in Brazil

The National Monetary Council (CMN) has decided today (6/26) to keep the inflation target for 2009 in Brazil at the current level, 4.5% +/- 2.0%. This target is at the…

Peru: Mid-Year Update

Once mired in poverty, Peru is one of the shining stars of Latin America. The Peruvian economy expanded 7.3% y/y in April, and it should finish the year with a…