Argentina’s overseas bonds plummeted more than 20% since September

Investors are giving up on Argentina just weeks after it pulled off a $65 billion restructuring. The country’s overseas bonds have plummeted more than 20% since early September, the world’s biggest drop in that span. Morgan Stanley calls it the worst rout in the aftermath of a restructuring in at least 20 years, and it comes despite the nation winning a whopping $38 billion of debt relief from creditors.

Argentina eyes boost in gas production through $5bn investment

Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández has launched a three-year promotion plan for Argentine gas production. The plan is aimed at encouraging investments, boosting domestic production from the Vaca Muerta shale play to satisfy local demand, replace imports and support employment. The government hopes an investment of $5 billion to replace 18 billion cubic meters (Bcm) of imported gas with domestic production.

Danone announces strategic review of activities in Argentina

Danone, whose turnover dropped 9.3 percent in the third quarter of the year, has announced a review of its strategy in Argentina. Company CEO Cecile Cabanis said that in order to align with the profitable growth agenda of between three percent and five percent, the group announced the launch of a complete strategic review, beginning with an immediate review of its strategic options in Argentina and for the Vega brand [in the United States], whose combined sales represent around 500 million euros ($585 million).

Argentines have $228.26 billion outside the local banking system

International investment in the second quarter of this year reached $330.02 billion, according to data from the National Institute of Statistics (Indec). Of that total, $228.26 billion correspond to 'Other investments', which represent the total savings that Argentines have outside the local banking system. This, for example, includes funds that citizens with local residence have in bank accounts in the United States, Spain, Brazil, Uruguay or any other country.

BCRA will allow managed peso float to close 93% gap with informal exchange rate

Argentina's Central Bank said that it would allow a managed float of the peso currency and abandon its current "uniform daily devaluation" strategy. The move comes with the gap between the official exchange rate and the exchange rate quoted in the country's informal currency markets close to 93% due to the distrust of investors and strong black market demand for dollars.

Argentina temporarily cuts soy export taxes to 30% in bid to boost foreign reserves

Argentina has temporarily cut soybean, soymeal and soyoil export taxes by 3 percentage points to 30% to help stimulate export revenue, as the country struggles with recession and dwindling foreign reserves. The tax cut will last until the end of the year before being restored to 33% in January. “We seek to strengthen the country’s international reserves,” Economy Minister Martin Guzman said in a televised address.

Google to pay $1 bn over 3 years for news content

Google will pay publishers $1 billion over the next three years for their content, the company's latest effort to defuse tensions over its dominance of the news industry. The company said that it has signed agreements for its news partnership program with nearly 200 publications in Germany, Brazil, Argentina, Canada, the U.K. and Australia.