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Brazil’s Jan 2024 inflation beats expert predictions – Will crypto help?

TL;DR

  • Brazil’s annual inflation fell for a third month in early January, a considerably larger drop than predicted, keeping the central bank on track to unwind tight monetary policy.
  • Official data released Friday showed consumer prices rose 4.47% from a year ago, below all market expert forecasts of 4.63%. Monthly inflation was 0.31%.
  • Policymakers will decrease the benchmark Selic to 11.25% next week and slash it another half-point in March after reversing the pandemic-induced price spikes. 

Brazil has witnessed a notable surge in its January 2024 inflation figures, surpassing the expectations set by financial experts. As the nation grapples with economic uncertainties, the question on everyone’s mind is whether cryptocurrencies can play a role in mitigating the impact of this unexpected inflationary spike.

This unforeseen deviation from predictions has prompted a reevaluation of the economic landscape in Brazil, sparking discussions on potential strategies to address the challenges posed by inflation. 

With the growing prominence of cryptocurrencies in global financial discussions, attention is now turning towards the role these digital assets could play in providing a hedge against inflation and offering alternative financial mechanisms.

Brazil’s January economic data

Brazil’s annual inflation fell for the third consecutive month in early January, marking a considerably larger-than-expected decline that keeps the central bank on track to begin unwinding tight monetary policy.

Official statistics released Friday indicated that consumer prices rose 4.47% from a year ago, falling short of all predictions in a Bloomberg survey of analysts, who predicted a median increase of 4.63%. Monthly inflation was 0.31%.

Due to a technical issue, Brazil’s statistics agency, known as IBGE, published Friday’s inflation data an hour earlier than planned. The error was reported in local media and commented on by economists.

The IBGE “is verifying what happened in order to take the necessary measures,” according to an email answer to press questions.

Swap rates on contracts due in January 2025, which reflect market sentiment about monetary policy at the end of the year, fell as much as eight basis points in morning trading as inflation slowed more than expected.

After reversing the price increase caused by the pandemic, policymakers intend to drop the benchmark Selic to 11.25% next week and cut interest rates another half-point in March. However, Brazilians are not yet in the clear. Households have been strained by rising commodity expenses, including food, and President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is growing apprehensive about an economic slowdown.

Crypto situation in Brazil

Towards the end of 2023, the Brazilian Senate passed new income-tax regulations that might result in citizens paying up to 15% on earnings from cryptocurrencies traded on global exchanges.

If President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva signs off on the regulation, it should go into effect in 2024. The Chamber of Deputies adopted the bill.

Brazilians who earn more than $1,200 from foreign exchanges or investment funds with a single shareholder would be affected. According to estimates, Brazil’s government has set a revenue target of $4 billion for these taxes in the coming year.

Brazilian Senator Rogerio Marinho criticized the measure, claiming that the administration imposed the levy owing to bad management. According to a Chainalysis analysis, cryptocurrencies have grown in popularity in Brazil, which now ranks ninth in terms of use.

Double-digit borrowing costs, which reduced annual inflation from its 2022 peak of more than 12%, are now a severe drag on the economy. With little room in the national budget for new spending, fiscal conservatives and investors fear President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva would try to boost the economy through state stimulation.

This week, the communist government announced intentions to invest billions of euros to modernise critical economic sectors. President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva claims that the reindustrialization push is important to help Brazil compete on the global arena, but markets fell on the announcement.

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Florence Muchai

Florence is a crypto enthusiast and writer who loves to travel. As a digital nomad, she explores the transformative power of blockchain technology. Her writing reflects the limitless possibilities for humanity to connect and grow.

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