Argentina defaults

Dow Jones plunges

Trader Peter Tuchman throws his hands in the air at the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange on July 31, 2014 in New York City. The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 317 points on the Argentina default and weak corporate earnings.

Talks broke down between Argentina and some of its bondholders, triggering its second default in the past 13 years.

Tim Ferholz, reporter for Quartz, explains the situation and Argentina's past:

The whole reason for Argentina’s 2001 default was the string of currency crises in Asia and South America in the 1990s, with the IMF and other international financial leaders having bungled their responses to a series of problems in developing economiesBetween the specter of contagion, local corruption, and an unwise attempt to peg Argentina’s currency to the dollar, foreign investment poured out of Argentina, and the economy slumpedSocial unrest rose, and amid a volatile mix of political chaos, bank runs and high unemployment, Argentina defaulted on $100 billion of debt, going from a poster child for the Washington consensus to its biggest victim. 

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Lizzie O'Leary is the new host of Marketplace Weekend.

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