Santander keeps plans to bolster Argentina consumer finance division

Banco Santander SA will not change plans to boost its consumer finance unit in Argentina despite the results of presidential elections. The head for South America, Sergio Rial, who oversees the Andean region, Argentina, Uruguay and Chile said that the bank would re-launch its consumer unit in Argentina, saying it might offer the highest upside for the bank in South America. In the first nine months of 2019 Argentina accounted for only 1% of the Spanish group’s total profit, but according to Banco Santander CEO Jose Antonio Alvarez said the see solid growth in South America despite political uncertainty.

Argentina ready to increase wheat exports to Vietnam

Argentina is ready to increase up to 2 million tonnes the current export of 800,000 tones of wheat to Vietnam per year, replacing shipments from Russia which were suspended because of the presence of thistle seed, according to the Argentina’s export company chamber which represents companies such as Cargill and Bunge.

How Long Before Argentina Goes Bankrupt?

Argentina has only $10 billion in foreign currency reserves, and owes around $22 billion to the IMF in two years, then another $20 billion in three years of the IMF’s $56 billion biggest aid package ever. How Argentina pays this back under a government that was elected to give back to the public all the subsidies that Macri took away is very hard to imagine.

Fuels and oil prices set to increase in Argentina

On November 14 expires the decree which froze the price of fuels and crude oil for the domestic market for 90 days, and an increase of around 15%, the estimated gap between domestic and international prices, is expected. However, the Government is considering granting a partial increase before that deadline, while some companies argue that the gap is in fact 20%.

Argentina’s Central Bank accelerates disarmament of liquidity letters and restricts purchase to banks

The Central Bank has announced that from Friday 1st November the banks that integrate part of the reserve requirements on sight deposits with the purchase of Liquidity Letters (Leliq), will only be able to do so with 5% of the total of these placements in Treasury Bonds (BOAT) and the remaining 40% in pesos. That means eliminating the possibility of integrating 10 percentage points of 45% that applies to reserve requirements on demand deposits at 0%. With this decision, the Central Bank takes another step towards the disarmament of the snowball of the Leliq, as the market consensus had baptized that instrument of liquidity regulation, which has been growing since August 28, when they had amounted to $1.3 trillion, equivalent to 40% of foreign exchange reserves and more than 104% of the monetary base.

Alberto Fernández seeks to rebuild regional integration

On his first international trip as president-elect, Alberto Fernández will meet with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Monday in Mexico City. Analysts consider the trip as a clear message to Brazil, traditionally the first destination of an elected president in Argentina, and to Washington. Afterwards, on Friday, Fernández will participate in the second Puebla Group meeting, a group of progressive leaders gathering in Buenos Aires. In a moment of regional upheaval and crisis of the neoliberal models, the president-elect will take the initial steps towards the idea of integration that not long ago served to create organisms such as Unasur and Celac, now abandoned.

More than $100bn of Argentine debt hangs in the balance ahead of a probable restructuring

Investors in Argentina’s sovereign and Province of Buenos Aires debt expect to be fully organized into two separate creditor committees sometime in the first two weeks of November, an investor told IFR. Bondholders are currently organizing the two committees, which are expected to exceed 25% of bondholders of the debt, the investor involved in the process said. More than US$100bn of Argentine debt hangs in the balance ahead of a probable restructuring. The country has around US$44bn of loans with the International Monetary Fund.