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August 14th 2008

Inflation Drives Latin American Currencies

While not yet in the same league as other popular emerging market currencies, the Brazilian Real and Mexican Peso are sure to join their ranks soon; both currencies have risen markedly over the last few years, and have performed especially well in the year-to-date. They have been propelled by interest rates that are generously high, especially compared to those of the US and EU. Brazil’s benchmark rate currently stands at 13%, while Mexico’s equivelent rate is slightly lower, at 8%. In fact, interest rates are quite high throughout the region, including in Peru and in Chile. Anlaysts expect most of these Central Banks will further tighten their leding rates because of surging inflation, which would provide further impetus to the upward marches of their respective currencies against the Dollar. Reuters reports:

"We see EMEA (European, Middle Eastern and African) central banks as reaching the end of their (monetary) tightening cycles, whereas there is still more to go from Latin America," wrote Barclays Capital.

Read More: Latam inflation eyed for currency impact

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