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Further interest rate hikes are likely in most advanced economies this year. But most major central banks are near the end of their rate-hike cycles.
The European Central Bank is leaning toward another quarter-point increase in September, but it’s possible that slowing economic activity in the eurozone might prompt the ECB to pause at its next meeting. The Bank of England will likely raise rates again in September, after raising them in August. The Bank of Canada looks set to repeat its quarter-point hike in July at its next meeting in September unless core inflation slows soon. Central banks in advanced economies will likely not start reducing interest rates until well into 2024.
Most Latin American countries will start to cut interest rates this year. In fact, some already are. Having been among the first central banks in the world to raise interest rates in 2021, Brazil and Chile have started to cut interest rates, and will likely continue to do so in coming months. Ditto for Peru and Colombia. Mexico’s central bank will likely be the last in the region to embark on rate cuts, as core inflation remains stubbornly high there and the labor market stays tight.
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Rodrigo Sermeño covers the financial services, housing, small business, and cryptocurrency industries for The Kiplinger Letter. Before joining Kiplinger in 2014, he worked for several think tanks and non-profit organizations in Washington, D.C., including the New America Foundation, the Streit Council, and the Arca Foundation. Rodrigo graduated from George Mason University with a bachelor's degree in international affairs. He also holds a master's in public policy from George Mason University's Schar School of Policy and Government.
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