Pandemic costs sent primary fiscal gap to 6.5% of GDP

Argentina’s fiscal deficit skyrocketed last year to its highest since at least 1993, as the pandemic forced the government to increase social spending. The primary deficit, which excludes interest payments, rose to 6.5 percent of gross domestic product in 2020 from 0.4 percent a year earlier, the government said on Wednesday. With debt payments included, … Read more

Government doesn't expect to resume IFE payments this year

Argentina will not need a new version of the Ingreso Familiar de Emergencia (IFE) scheme, implemented last year during the coronavirus pandemic, a senior government official has told Bloomberg. The government is working from a base scenario in which restrictions on the circulation of citizens will not be restricted nationwide, as was the case last … Read more

What we learned this week: January 16 to 23

THE WEEK IN CORONAVIRUS There were 1,853,830 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 46,575 deaths at press time yesterday as against 1,783,047 cases and 45,227 deaths the previous Friday. One of those fatalities was Juan Carlos Copes, 89 – the veteran tango performer who spread the fame of the dance worldwide – during last weekend. On … Read more

YPF stuns creditors as nation’s dollars dwindle

In the 99 years since it was founded to pump the oil fields of Patagonia, Argentina’s energy driller YPF SA has been whipsawed by countless booms and busts. If global oil markets weren’t collapsing, it seemed, then Argentina was mired in a debt crisis that was wreaking havoc on the whole nation’s finances. Never, though, … Read more

What we learned this week: January 9 to 16

THE WEEK IN CORONAVIRUS Argentina crossed the grim threshold of 45,000 deaths from Covid-19 on Thursday to close the week at 45,227 deaths and 1,783,047 confirmed cases of contagion since last March. The latest stage of quarantine (still not defined at press time for last Saturday’s edition) ended up delegating new restrictions to the provinces … Read more

Oaktree, BlackRock are among YPF creditors organising

Investment firms including Oaktree Capital Management and BlackRock Inc. are organising into two groups to negotiate with YPF SA after the Argentine oil producer proposed a debt swap that would saddle them with losses, according to people familiar with the matter. BlackRock is among a consortium of experienced emerging-market investors such as Ashmore Group Plc … Read more