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Will Mexico Fail in 2009 or 2010?

Mexican officials could be left looking pretty smart if the price of oil keeps falling. Earlier this year, Mexico locked in contracts to sell its oil for $70 per barrel. Since the market price for a barrel recently fell to $35.35 per barrel, America

However, Mexico could be facing a serious problem.

The Mexican government needs $70-per-barrel oil prices to balance its budget. For now, government spending is covered. But by the end of 2009, its fixed-rate contracts to sell oil at $70 will have expired.

If oil prices are still low by the end of next year, the government could be in real trouble. If oil had to be sold at today

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