Updated 09/16/2021 1:00 PM
The 2.5% rise in inflation during August was the lowest change since August last year.
Also, an incentive for the Government plunged into a major political crisis, seasoned with multiple resignations of officials.
This climate, in principle, does not add any extra ingredient to the price management. But the specialists point out that the level of inflation
below 3% per month could be ephemeral: they
argue that this scenario could only be reissued in September, October and "even in November", they estimate. But they take it for granted that,
after the elections, the inflationary curve will once again take an upward push.
, director of the
warns that the drop in inflation in recent months "is not something surprising."
And it is totally
transitory because after a long time of inflationary repression, nailing the dollar, the tariffs, stepping on the flesh, etc.
months were to come with monthly inflation below 3% ”
, he commented.
Although this situation could be maintained in the next two or three months, the floor of the variable would not be less than 2.5%, according to his vision.
How long could the level of retail prices be sustained below 3%?
"In September, October and November it could be but, in December, I doubt it"
Lorenzo Sigaut Gravina
from the Equilibra consultancy.
"You have to see what happens with the economic variables after the elections," he says. And remember that
(that which does not take seasonal variations into account) was
still 3.1% in August.
It means that inflation is still undermined by the freezing of rates and the dollar.
This situation may last a little longer but not beyond the elections, "he
For the consulting firm ACM, inflation will continue in the coming months in the order of 3% -2.5% per month.
"Although some factors could moderate the inflationary slowdown (such as the pending adjustments in fuels and the slowdown in the rate of devaluation, among others), a good part of the slowdown would be the product of measures that simply
postpone the inflationary phenomenon
"Added to this,
an increase in public spending due to the elections
(with its impact on the monetary issue) is expected, which could cause
a resurgence of inflation towards the end of the year," he
For this reason, the consultancy estimates "inflation around 48% for 2021," he said in a report.
Meanwhile, from the consulting firm LCG they warn that "by the end of the year we expect the monthly increase in prices to average 3%, which would place inflation close to 50% for December."
A less deceleration in prices is expected towards 2022 as
a result of relative price adjustments (exchange rate, rates, among others)
that are being postponed due to the November elections."
Finally Ramiro Castiñeira, chief economist of the Econometrica consultancy, said that
the political crisis after the resignation of the Kirchner ministers does not add anything new to the issue of inflation management.
"Delaying dollar and rates for stepping on
the prior inflation at is election as Argentine as tango and asado. Then, culminating elections, all currency issue to finance public spending generates a drain reserves culminating in devaluation and inflation after the elections, by then the election objective was met. The cycle begins again in the next election. Almost since 1946 it is the only economic policy that exists in Argentina.
Populism, public spending, emission, devaluation and inflation, in a loop
" , he pointed.
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