September 2017

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Pablo Soria de Lachica – Summarizes the Recent Rise of the Mexican Peso

The aggressive monetary policy of the Bank of Mexico – raising benchmark interest rate to an 8 year high of 6.75% in May – has driven the peso to its top mark of 18.3345 on July 6 against the U.S. dollar. Pablo Soria de Lachica, world renowned broker, discusses the recent hike. As the North American Free Trade Agreement remained unchanged, the peso tore up the ranks becoming the world’s best performing major currency this year, and reestablished its 20% downtrend for USD/MXN. “The peso has had good momentum relative to other emerging currencies in recent months, and that could continue for some time longer,” said Morgan Harting, chief portfolio manager for all multi-asset income strategies at AllianceBernstein, a renowned asset management company, “And though it is no longer cheap, it also does not look expensive in terms of purchasing…

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Pablo Soria de Lachica Discusses Mexico/EU Trade Talks

In May 2016, Mexico and the European Union launched negotiations to modernize their Free Trade Agreement that entered into force in October 2000. When the third round of these talks happened in April in Brussels, both parties established the end of 2017 as the goal for a completion date. Since then, the two sides have met consistently every five to six weeks in an effort to finalize a deal. International trade expert Pablo Soria de Lachica recently discussed the motivation behind the renewed agreement and provided an updated outlook on the negotiations between Mexico and the European Union. “We want to send a clear signal to the world about the force of strengthening – not weakening – the rules that govern international trade,” EU Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström said during a May visit to Mexico City. “This is an…