China conditions the application of the $18.6 billion debt swap

Argentina will be able to use all or part of the $18.6 billion Chinese debt swap that remains in the reserves. However, with conditions that complicate it: 1) it will only be able to count on the part of the loan corresponding to the period of Fernandez de Kirchner's government, some $11 billion and 2) China demands, as an indispensable condition, that the exchange rate is from pesos to yuans, without going through the dollar. Or, eventually euros, but in a minimum amount.

Foreign Direct Investment fell by 40% in the first half of the year

The Investment Trade Monitor, prepared by UNCTAD, points out that Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) registered a 40% fall in Argentina in the first half of this year compared to the same period in 2019, affected by an international wave caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Globally, FDI flows fell by 49%, the paper indicates. In Latin America and the Caribbean, FDI flows fell 25% in the first half of the year to $62 billion.

Neuquén announced today that it would not pay interest on the Tideneu bond (2025) of $13.7 mn

Today the interest on Tideneu bonds (2025) was due for more than 13.7 million dollars. Neuquén announced today that it would not pay. The government is trying to get the creditors to accept the restructuring offer that expires this Friday. It will be entered in a 30 day grace period to do so and avoid default. The government of Neuquen intends to restructure a total of $704 million, one of the highest debts after Buenos Aires and Córdoba.