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Argentina tries new debt swap of bonds.

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, locked out of international capital markets way before her taking office, said an offer to holders of $20 billion of unpaid debt marks a “turning point” in her country’s history and will be a good deal for investors.

“I thought that if I could get us out of the default, I’d feel I’ve done something for this country,” Fernandez said in an interview yesterday, one hour after her government unveiled terms for the new debt swap. “We’re back in the world.”

A successful exchange of the bonds would enable Argentina, South America’s second-largest economy, to tap global markets after a record $95 billion debt default in 2001. This is the last opportunity for bondholders to accept an exchange and profit from an annual economic growth rate of 6 percent, Fernandez said. READ MORE HERE.

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