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Argentina's Latest Default Doesn't Have to Mean Another Economic Collapse

May 28, 2020 | 10:00 GMT
A photo of Argentina's central bank headquarters in Buenos Aires.

A photo of Argentina's central bank headquarters in Buenos Aires.

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Argentina's debt restructuring negotiations with creditors appear stuck, but the recent extension of the country's self-imposed deadline for talks with private debt bondholders keeps alive the possibility of reaching some form of a long-term deal. Ultimately, however, debt restructuring will not by itself change the fiscal and monetary policies that initially led to Argentina overborrowing. Whether the country's default again transforms into another full-fledged economic crisis will instead hinge on its government's willingness to reach a compromise with bondholders, as well as produce a credible, long-term economic growth plan that remedies the country's currently untenable levels of public spending. ...

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