April 26, 2001 |
President Fernando De la Rua named a new president for the powerful central bank Wednesday, effectively removing the beleaguered chief. It was the latest chapter in Argentina's economic and financial crisis, which has spooked global investors and raised fears that the country could default on its $128 billion in debt. Pedro Pou's post was declared "vacant," and Roque Maccarone was named interim president.
April 24, 2001 |
Argentine bonds and stocks tumbled again Monday after the government balked at paying soaring interest rates and canceled a planned debt auction--adding to investor concerns that the country won't meet payments on its $128-billion debt. The annualized yield on the government's most actively traded bond leaped to 22.1%, highest since September 1998. That yield suggests that global investors consider Argentina riskier than Russia. The nation's main stock index slid 2% to 411.53.
April 21, 2001 |
The ugly specter of a debt default by Argentina returned with a vengeance Friday, as rumors of an imminent economic meltdown led panicked stock and bond traders to exit Latin American markets en masse. Argentina's Economy Minister Domingo Cavallo attacked the swirling rumors of default as "irresponsible," but traders still appeared to be betting that the nation's troubled economy would soon collapse under the government's $128-billion debt load.
April 20, 2001 |
Hurricane Cavallo is back. And he could be Argentina's last chance. In the month since he became economy minister for the second time, Domingo Cavallo has stormed onto center stage in a whirl of trademark eloquence and vitriol. Cavallo charmed and browbeat Congress into giving him emergency powers to tackle a fearsome economic crisis.
April 1, 2001 |
Argentina's economic malaise has reached crisis proportions, which forced it to take radical steps last week in an effort to avoid a financial implosion that could spread to other Latin American nations and discredit the free-market doctrines they have embraced over the last 10 years. Argentina's woes are considered among the world's most worrisome, with symbolic, political and financial ramifications.
March 26, 2001 |
Major Latin American bourses will watch Argentina this week for signs that the government can pull the region's No. 3 economy out of 2 1/2 years of stagnation, market watchers said. In an effort to revive the economy, Argentina's Senate over the weekend passed into law a tax on financial transactions.
March 20, 2001 |
New political and energy worries weighing on Argentina and Brazil sent both countries' stock markets reeling Monday as fears of renewed economic instability reverberated around the hemisphere. The effect of the U.S. economic slowdown also is taking an increasing toll. Brazil's main stock index, the Bovespa, fell 401.13 points, or 2.6%, and Argentina's fell 8.58 points, or 1.
March 19, 2001 |
President Fernando de la Rua on Sunday appealed to Argentina's political parties to band together and form a national unity government to confront a growing political crisis. In a nationally televised address, De la Rua said he will ask Congress to grant him "special emergency powers" to cope with the crisis. He added that he will soon unveil a new government that includes a cross-section of parties after a new austerity program threatened to rupture his own two-party ruling coalition.
March 3, 2001 |
Argentina's Economy Minister Jose Luis Machinea resigned, walking out after a tumultuous 15 months in which he failed to get a stagnant economy moving again. "The minister presented his resignation and I understand the president accepted," the Economy Ministry's Secretary for Regional and Economic Planning Miguel Bein told Reuters. Bein said he did not know who would replace Machinea.
November 28, 2000 |
Part of a financial aid package led by the International Monetary Fund to inject liquidity into Argentina's indebted economy will be in cash, a senior Economy Ministry official said. The aid hinges on Latin America's largest foreign borrower imposing spending caps for five years, ending public pensions and raising women's retirement age to 65 to narrow the chronic gap between government income and spending that threatens Argentina's ability to pay back its debt.