Jun 20, 2019

Argentina's "Macrisis" continues

President of Argentina Mauricio Macri. Photo: Mario De Fina/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Argentina's economy is falling apart, further evidenced by its second straight quarter of negative GDP growth, but no one has bothered to tell its Merval stock index, which has risen almost 18% in June and 32% year to date.

The big picture: The country is firmly in a recession, but analysts say the improved prospects of market-friendly President Mauricio Macri, who has overseen the country's "Macrisis," winning re-election are buoying the market this month.

Driving the news: The country's GDP fell 5.8% in the first quarter after a 6.2% fall in the fourth quarter of 2018.

What's happening: Under Macri Argentina has seen record high inflation and poverty rates and its peso currency has fallen to what is by far the lowest level on record.

  • However, his opponent in October's presidential race, Alberto Fernández, is running with former president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, who investors worry could lead the country into yet another default on its sovereign bonds and end its record $57 billion IMF bailout program.

Go deeper: Argentina's Mauricio Macri has the country in a "Macrisis"

Go deeper

The rematch of the century

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

The weekend's biggest sporting event is Wilder-Fury II, which despite its name is not an action movie sequel starring Jean-Claude Van Damme but, rather, a boxing match starring arguably the two best heavyweights in the world.

The backdrop: In their first meeting in December 2018, Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury put on a memorable show at Staples Center, with Fury surviving a brutal right hand in the 12th round to earn a split-decision draw.

Go deeperArrow44 mins ago - Sports

Rep. Doug Collins rebuffs Trump's consideration for DNI

Photo: Patrick Semansky/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump told reporters on Air Force One Thursday night that he was considering nominating Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) to be his next director of national intelligence, but Collins rebuffed that offer during a Fox Business appearance on Friday.

The state of play: Trump previously hinted he would intervene in the Senate race between Collins and Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.). The heated primary race between Collins and Loeffler has raised concerns among Republicans that Democrats could potentially win the special election for the Senate seat, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes.

Pro-Trump warrior takes the helm of U.S. intelligence

Richard Grenell in Berlin. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

By picking Ambassador Richard Grenell to be acting director of national intelligence, President Trump has slotted a pro-Trump warrior into the ultimate apolitical role.

What they're saying: James Clapper, the longest-serving DNI (2010-2017), tells Axios it's "very worrisome installing a partisan with no real intelligence experience in this position."