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Outlook for CLP remains neutral – BAML

FXStreet (Edinburgh) - In the view of BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research, the stance for the Chilean currency remains neutral.

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“We stay neutral the Chilean peso. The exchange rate has adjusted to the negative terms-of-trade shock leading to a swift recovery of the current account balance”.

“Based on economic fundamentals, we estimate the exchange rate is now slightly undervalued. However, risks are clearly biased to the downside − our commodities strategists forecast lower copper prices for 2016”.

“We expect growth to remain mediocre this year and next. The reasons are not particularly mysterious: growth for Chile’s main trading partners has weakened in the last two years and the country’s terms-of-trade is down nearly 20% since 2011”.

“Persistently high inflation has led the central bank to start tightening monetary policy and we expect another 75bp of rate hikes in the next 12 months”.

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