The black market is indispensable to one's insight into a country. Right away you know if there is a black market, and if so, whether the currency carries a big premium. The black market is like taking somebody's temperature. If I give you a thermometer and we take your temperature, we know whether something is wrong. We do not know what is wrong, but we do know that something is wrong. If you have a high temperature, we know that something is really wrong. The black market operates the same way. You do not know what is wrong if there is a black market, but it gives you the frist hint. And if there is a big premium in the market - a large discrepancy between the official rate and the black market rate - you know something is seriously wrong. If you want to know something about a country, you can learn more from talking to a black marketer than from speaking to a government minister.
Da nova biografia de Jim Rogers, Street Smarts. A economia da Argentina vai bem, obrigado.
P.S. Não sei se já linkei aqui, mas há uns dois anos a Glória Maria fez uma matéria divertida com ele em Cingapura. Figuraça.