Washington Post: Stuck in a death spiral, Venezuela is borrowing money at any cost

“Venezuela is borrowing at loan shark rates, as if they were going out of business and had no intention of paying these bonds back,” said Russ Dallen, managing partner at the brokerage Caracas Capital, which tracks Venezuela’s bond market.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/06/08/stuck-in-a-death-spiral-venezuela-is-borrowing-money-at-any-cost/?utm_term=.cbef9aab8c26

Washington Post: Maligned Dollar Flourishes in Venezuela

“Essentially, they’ve hit a plateau, and Venezuela’s oil production hasn’t gone up,” said Russell Dallen, head trader at Caracas Capital Markets and a longtime student of Venezuela’s economy. “What that really means is that Venezuela doesn’t have enough dollars to pay for all the things that they need to pay with dollars.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/maligned-dollar-flourishes-in-venezuela/2013/05/16/7ce637fc-bdbc-11e2-b537-ab47f0325f7c_story.html?utm_term=.48f4d513efce