Analysis: Argentinians Love the Dollar More Than Their Own Currency

The widening gap between the official and the parallel exchange rates, over 125 percent, is stoking consumer fears that a large devaluation is coming.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Argentina’s battle to control its currency is upending South America’s second-largest economy, wreaking havoc on everything from household finances to the production and sale of common goods.

Measures including taxes on greenback purchases and demands that some companies restructure their dollar-denominated debts have misfired, propelling the gap between the official and the black market exchange rates to the widest since 1989 while failing to boost international reserves.

Some analysts warn a . . .

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