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BUSINESS
June 4, 2001 | From Reuters
Argentina surpassed expectations by swapping nearly $29.5 billion of old debt for new in its drive to stamp out investors' fears of a debt default, Economy Minister Domingo Cavallo said Sunday. Argentina's much-awaited exchange of short-term debt for longer-term issues will defer debt service costs by $16.04 billion through 2005, Cavallo said. The government hopes the swap will provide financial stability to help end the economy's nearly three-year funk.
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BUSINESS
May 28, 2001 | Reuters
Argentina's economy minister, Domingo Cavallo, will try this week to convince U.S., European and Asian investors that the panic about Argentine debt will be quelled by a major new bond swap. "The high interest rates and mistrust of bondholders are like a high fever. We have to bring it down. I have tried and will try this week to bring down this financial fever," he told Argentine newspaper Clarin over the weekend.
BUSINESS
April 26, 2001 | From Associated Press
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.
BUSINESS
April 24, 2001 | From Bloomberg News
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.
BUSINESS
April 21, 2001 | BRIAN WINTER, REUTERS
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.
NEWS
April 20, 2001 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
BUSINESS
April 1, 2001 | CHRIS KRAUL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
BUSINESS
March 26, 2001 | From Reuters
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.
BUSINESS
March 20, 2001 | CHRIS KRAUL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
March 19, 2001 | Associated Press
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.
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