The Perils of the Peso

Zedillo is not the only politician who needs his economic rescue plan to work: so does Bill Clinton

In the space of 12 hours last Thursday, Mexican Finance Minister Guillermo Ortiz Martinez undertook the unenviable task of charming, consoling and begging the forgiveness of three American credit-rating agencies, the heads of a dozen U.S. commercial banks and 400 investors and analysts who lost nearly $10 billion last month when Mexico's newly minted President, Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de Leon, abruptly allowed the peso to float against the dollar. To the investors, whose stampede to pull their money out of Mexican stocks and bonds stripped the peso of 41% of its value, Ortiz's message was, Come back, the government has an...

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