Argentina's currency plunges to new low, despite International Monetary Fund aid

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The Argentine peso tumbled again, even after the central bank hiked its benchmark interest rate by 15 percentage points to a dizzying 60 percent on Thursday in a bid to control rampant inflation and stem the currency's slide.

Argentina's peso tumbled 7.6 percent against the USA dollar despite the central bank's heavily selling reserves for a second day on Wednesday after the president asked the International Monetary Fund for early release of standby funds, shaking investors' confidence.

The more than 7% fall in the Peso was its biggest one-day decline since the currency was allowed to float in 2015, prompting central bank interventions and investor concern that the third-largest Latin American economy may not meet its debt obligations.It closed at a record low of 34.10 Pesos per USA dollar and is down more than 45.3% against the greenback this year, prompting massive central bank interventions.

The rate rises were prompted by the sudden weakening of the peso in April as a drought hurt farm exports, energy prices climbed and a stronger dollar led investors to pull funds from emerging markets.

The Central Bank said Friday that it was hiking its benchmark interest rate in response to the current currency scenario and the risk of greater impact on local inflation.

Investors are an increasing kind of fervent Latin The United States's 0.33-largest economy might maybe quickly default because it struggles to repay heavy executive borrowing.

The decline came despite the central bank's effort to stabilise the currency by raising a key interest rate to 60%.

In this photo a person shows the evolution of the currency exchange on a cell phone, in Buenos Aires on August 30, 2018.

In the largest bailout in International Monetary Fund history, Argentina scored a $50 billion credit line from the institution earlier this year.

The Argentine peso crashed to document lows on the guidelines.

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In the last 40 years, Argentina has lived through at least four serious economic crises.

The government has since announced more than $2 billion in budget savings, a process Mr. Macri promised to continue.

Everyday life is getting more expensive for Argentines, as the prices of many goods and services still bear a close relation to the USA dollar.

They added that the focus of the economic policies should be insulating their economy against sudden shifts in the global financial market.

If Mr. Macri was trying to calm investors, it did not work.

Many folk in Argentina blame the International Monetary Fund for encouraging fiscal insurance policies that escalated the country's worst economic crisis in 2001.

International Monetary Fund economists and technicians are in meetings with government officials in Argentina to review parts of the agreement, according to Bloomberg.

"I do know that these tumultuous eventualities generate alarm amongst a kind of you ..."

Argentina's biggest labor group, the CGT, said on Wednesday it will call a 24-hour general strike on September 25 to protest Macri's fiscal belt-tightening measures. "I understand this, and I want you to know I am making all decisions necessary to protect you".

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