Mexico Finance Minister Luis Videgaray is doubling down on his pledge to send Congress a 2017 budget with a primary surplus next month, saying the government needs to make good on its promise because its credibility is constantly being tested.
Speaking in his office in Mexico City’s 16th century National Palace on Thursday Aug. 18, Videgaray told Bloomberg the nation needs to restore fiscal balance after eight years of budget deficits since the 2008 global financial crisis.
Selloffs this year in Mexico’s currency have forced policy makers to respond with interest-rate increases and spending cuts to reassure investors about the nation’s economic management, protect it against inflation and prevent further market instability. Traders often use the peso, the most actively-traded currency in emerging markets, to hedge against other risks, which in turn makes the currency more vulnerable to price swings.
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