The price of the dollar in the informal market of Argentina, to which citizens go due to the strong restrictions on the purchase of dollars in official channels, broke a new record today, one day after that the Government announced an increase in withholdings on transactions with the US currency abroad.
The so-called “blue dollar” rose 4 pesos in the parallel market, to a new maximum of 287 pesos per unit, surpassing the previous mark of 283 registered this same Wednesday.
Since the resignation of Martín Guzmán as Minister of Economy on July 2 and his replacement by Silvina Batakis two days later, the US currency has accumulated a rise of 20% in the informal circuit.
In the state-owned Banco Nación -where operations are restricted to 200 dollars per month per person and under certain conditions-, the price of the dollar remained unchanged this Thursday (135 pesos for sale to the public), which shows an increase of 3 .9% since the resignation of Guzmán.
With these values, the gap between the official price and the “blue dollar” is 112.6%.
Those known as “financial dollars” have also experienced a considerable rise since the new Minister of Economy took office: the dollar “counted with liquidation” advanced 17.3% in this time, to 296.45 pesos per unit, while the “stock dollar” or “MEP dollar” grew another 14.8%, to 284.74 pesos.
The presidential spokeswoman, Gabriela Cerruti, downplayed the increase in the informal dollar, considering that it is a “very marginal market.”
“The blue dollar does not represent the market, it does not represent the economy, it is a marginal market that what it does is generate an environment of expectations and uncertainty, because it is driven by those who want that to be generated,” Cerruti said Thursday in a Press conference.
All in all, the instability around the value of the US currency, added to the restrictions on access to dollars to pay for imports in the official foreign exchange market, have increased uncertainty among some merchants and businessmen, who choose not to sell their products or raise prices.
personal, it is returned. The PAIS tax did not change and the savings dollar did not receive any type of modification, “he settled.