Argentina Peso Plunges to Record Low After Asking IMF for $50 Billion

The interest rate in Argentina jumped to 60% and the Peso to a Record Low after the country called on the IMF for funds.

Argentina's President Mauricio Macri asked the IMF to speed up $50 billion bailout, spooking investors. The Peso Fell to a Record Low.

Argentina hiked its interest rate to 45% earlier this month but it did not stop the damage.

Ouch!

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

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Tengen
Tengen

I used to work with an Argentine who avoided the 2001 bank freeze (prior to his US emigration) by keeping his money in Montevideo. It was a pain for him to go to his bank, but at least he could access his money, unlike most of the people around him.

He was a cool guy, hopefully his remaining family in Buenos Aires are still hedging themselves as best they can. They sure seem to get a lot of practice with economic crises.

thimk
thimk

@Bam_Man -bet citizens of those countries wish they had bought more gold.

Runner Dan
Runner Dan

Argentina means land of silver, so all these currency crises could be avoided if they just backed their currency with it. However, such a practice is so mid-twentieth century

KidHorn
KidHorn

Every time the USD rallies, third world countries with debt denominated in USD get screwed. If you use the IMF, you have no choice but to borrow in USD.

Latkes
Latkes

Hmm, "neoliberal" governments (led by Macri now, Menem before) lead to deep crisis, while charlatan Kirchnerism was accompanied by good times and economic growth. What are Argentines supposed to think?