blue dollar

Did the Argentine peso’s 10 per cent tumble on Thursday bring it closer to the country’s black market exchange rate? Surely a devaluation of that magnitude would help nudge the official peso rate closer to the black market reality?

Perhaps not. As the following charts show, the official rate is still well off the black market rate – known as the “blue dollar” rate, suggesting further pressure on the official peso to depreciate. Continue reading »

There is no relief in sight for the Argentine peso, which on Friday continued its dizzying descent against the dollar in the black market.

The peso fell another 1.9 per cent to hit a new record low of 11.63 pesos per dollar in the black market, according to Argentine daily La Nacion. Continue reading »

Here’s a question to wow them with at the next pub quiz: what’s the best-performing EM currency over the past six weeks?

Answer – probably, Argentina’s “blue” peso – if you were to look at the widely-watched black-market dollar rate from the other way around. Argentina’s blue rate is the name for the illegal exchange rate that is widely-followed now that Argentina’s official peso has become a virtually unconvertible currency. Continue reading »

Picasso famously had his blue period. Argentina has its blue dollar – as the black market exchange rate is known. And that’s good news for art collectors and visitors to the ArteBA art fair which kicks off this week.

Managing Argentina’s de facto multiple exchange rates is itself a fine art. But now art itself, among other things, has suddenly become cheap – provided people don’t use the official rate. Continue reading »

It’s been a tough 24 hours for the people who run the Argentine economy.

A day after President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner promised that there would be no devaluation of the peso under her administration, everything seemed to go sideways.

First, the black market dollar – known as the “blue” dollar – broke through the Messi barrierContinue reading »

Argentina has the official dollar, the blue dollar, the sky-blue dollar, the card dollar, and a host of other things in between. But with the unofficial dollar rate at a new high of 9.34 pesos, the Messi dollar could be next.

The gap between that black market rate – known as the “blue” dollar – and the official rate of 5.19 pesos is now above 80 per cent. Continue reading »

Watching Argentina’s unofficial exchange rate is suddenly like being at an auction: on Wednesday it has risen breathlessly, hitting 8.75 pesos per dollar. Yesterday it was 8.27 pesos, Monday it was 8.08. And breaching the 8-peso barrier was a milestone in itself. What’s going on? Continue reading »

Argentines continue sprinting away from their peso as if it were slathered with avian flu virus. After hitting a record high yesterday, the black market (or “blue”) dollar in Argentina hit another high on Thursday, of 7.54 pesos to the dollar, the local daily La Nación reported. Continue reading »

Here’s a timely reminder that Argentina’s problems go far beyond its legal wrangling with its “holdout” creditors.

Wednesday saw another day of intense trading in the unofficial dollar market as Argentines fled from the peso to the US dollar. The black market, or “blue” rate, hit a record high of 7.52 pesos per dollar. That is 52 per cent more than the government’s official rate of around 4.96 pesos per dollar. Continue reading »