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Ecuador Bonds Plunge to Record as IMF Calendar Hangs in Balance

  • Debt due in 2028 fell almost 5 cents to the lowest on record
  • Finance Ministry says talks still proceeding with IMF
Ecuador dollar debt drops to record amid IMF plan uncertainty

Ecuador’s sovereign bonds plunged to a record on concern the International Monetary Fund will delay disbursement of the next tranche of a $4.2 billion loan.

The notes are the worst-performing in emerging markets Friday as the government and the IMF discuss a new calender for disbursals. Risk sentiment was made worse as cases of the fast-spreading Covid-19 virus topped 100,000, pressuring oil prices to fall by the most since 2015.