SALESMAN Miguel Kiguel

SALESMAN Miguel Kiguel

Argentina

It once seemed that Argentina was firmly set on a path of growth and stability. During the bull market of the late 1990s, when investors believed that Argentina was a safe bet, it was Miguel Kiguel's job as finance secretary to sell government bonds around the world. It was a job he performed with great skill, issuing billions of dollars in debt. He recalls those years with "nostalgia" since it seemed that "Argentina really had a possibility to move up. In 1997, the view was that Argentina would be investment grade by 2000, not a country in default. Argentina had a chance to become like the southern European countries in income terms." What went wrong? According to Kiguel, "It wa

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