U.S. Review

October Prices Give Fed Ability to Slow Pace of Rate Hikes - Relief in October inflation gives the FOMC the ability to slow the pace of rate hikes ahead. But make no mistake, the Fed's job of taming inflation remains far from over. We still expect it to raise the federal funds rate 50 bps at its next policy meeting in December, and now look for the policy rate to reach a peak of 5.25% by March, 25 bps more than we previously forecast, due to near-term resilience in spending and labor market strength.

Global Review

Mixed Inflation Trends from Latin America - This week saw some mixed inflation trends from Latin America. Mexico's October CPI slowed to 8.41% year-over-year and energy prices slowed along with fruit and vegetables prices. However, the core CPI quickened further, and as a result, we fully expect the Bank of Mexico to raise its policy rate by 75 bps points this week. In Brazil, October inflation slowed further to 6.36% year-over-year, with lower taxes and gasoline prices as key drivers of the deceleration in recent months.

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