The Argentine peso is soaring amid an unusual central bank shake-up


The Argentine peso is climbing against the US dollar after a switchup in leadership at its central bank, which hasn’t been able to prop up the country’s flailing currency despite landing the biggest International Monetary Fund bailout in history.

The peso was up 1.15% versus the dollar at 10 a.m. ET. It had hit an all-time low last month at 24.0050 per dollar.

Outgoing Banco Central de la Rep├║blica Argentina President Federico Sturzenegger resigned Thursday, just short of a week after the IMF reached a staff-level agreement to provide a $US50 billion credit-line amid a looming financial crisis in Argentina.

Strurzenegger, who slashed interest rates in January despite soaring inflation, seemed to claim partial responsibility for the peso’s selloff in his resignation letter. The currency dropped more than 46% versus the US dollar this year, even after BCRA last month raised interest rates three times in one week to 40%.

Hours after Strurzenegger’s resignation, President Mauricio Macri announced he wants Finance Minister Luis Caputo to take over as president of the central bank. As part of the unusual nomination, Macri said in a statement, the country’s finance ministry will be combined with the treasury ministry.

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