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  Argentina Default Fear Looms as Traders Dump Assets
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Last EditedBojicat  Aug 13, 2019 01:01pm
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AuthorSydney Maki and Aline Oyamada
News DateTuesday, August 13, 2019 07:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionSuddenly, fears of a full-blown financial crisis in Argentina have once again come rushing to the fore.

In the wake of President Mauricio Macri’s stunning rout in primary elections over the weekend, investors dumped its stocks, bonds and currency en masse in a selloff that left much of Wall Street wondering whether the crisis-prone country was headed for yet another default.

The upset, widely seen as a preview of October’s presidential vote, threw the doors open to the very real possibility a more protectionist government will take power come December and unravel the hard-won gains that Macri made to regain the trust of the international markets. It deepened worries his populist opponent, Alberto Fernandez, and running mate, former president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, will try to renegotiate its debts as well as its agreements with the International Monetary Fund. The country has billions in foreign-currency debt due over the coming year.
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