Corn up to US$5 a bushel and soybeans spike

Maize climbed to US$ 5 a bushel and soybeans rallied for a sixth day, driving both crops to fresh six-year highs, as farmer protests and dry weather in South America threaten to further tighten supplies. Grain markets surged in the past month on adverse weather and as some nations moved to restrict exports to ensure … Read more

Shift to protectionism riles Argentina’s farmers

A ban on maize exports in Argentina is fanning fear among farmers and traders that one of the world’s top food suppliers is returning to an era of brutal meddling in crop markets. The measure creates yet another driver for surging global grain futures, given Argentina is the third-largest shipper of maize, and stokes concern … Read more

Agricultural producers begin three-day strike

Agricultural producers in Argentina began a three-day strike on Monday in rejection of the government’s move to suspend maize exports for the next two months. The so-called ‘paro agrario’ went ahead despite a last-minute intervention from the government, which lifted the block and replaced it with a daily sales cap on corn exports as the … Read more

Economy Ministry takes steps to relieve pressure on currency markets

The Economy Ministry on Monday announced new measures to reduce the pressures on volatile currency markets and ward off devaluation, basically by bolstering the alternatives other than the official exchange rate to a surging “blue” parallel dollar. The main innovation overturns mid-September capital controls imposed by the Central Bank to cut the so-called “parking” interval … Read more

On the verge of another nervous breakdown?

The past few weeks have been the best for the Alberto Fernández administration in quite some time, giving the embattled president and his Cabinet a little breathing room. They better not pat themselves on the back just yet though, as this relative calm is not destined to last. As usual in Argentina, the value of … Read more

Blue dollar soars again to close week at 178 pesos

Argentina’s infamous “blue” dollar picked up pace again on Friday, rising a further seven pesos to hit a new record of 178 pesos, 129 percent ahead of the official exchange rate. Amid continued financial uncertainty the parallel, black market exchange rate had remained quiet until midweek before climbing four pesos on Thursday with hardly anybody … Read more

Argentina goes all-in to cut record gap with parallel peso

Argentina is resorting to all necessary means to reduce the gap between its official and parallel exchange rates. South America’s second-largest economy has employed a combination of orthodox and unusual measures to recover a monetary imbalance that has reached record levels. The more traditional methods include slowing the issuance of money, raising interest rates and … Read more