Sunday, March 21, 2010

Whose Reserves?

"Argentine President Cristina Kirchner on Monday sidestepped stiff Congressional resistance to spending foreign reserves for debt payments, issuing a pair of decrees shifting about $6.6 billion from the central bank to the Treasury. ... The first decree allocates $2.2 billion in foreign reserves to pay international organizations, while a second orders the central bank to hand over $4.2 billion for other public-debt payments. The moves will help Argentina make the estimated $13 billion due in debt payments this year", Shame Romig at the WSJ, 2 March 2010, link:

There is no law anywhere when it comes to governments. Governments are the worst of all debtors to collect from. To do so, you need your own army.

6 comments:

Svend said...

Put on your forecasting hat here IA. Assuming these reserves are appropriated to the patronage networks that pass as a government down there, what are the consequences two, five or ten years down the road?

It is really too bad. Argentina is a very nice country. Or was. Either way.

Anonymous said...

Haha IA!

No need for an army.

If you are a powerful enough creditor just corrupt the political process and install someone "amiable"... then those payments will flow.

Say like Pres-O or Kirchner...

Robyn said...

if you don't like the rules change the rules.

Anonymous said...

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Thank you.

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