Bank of Guatemala sells dollars

For the first time in at least two years, the Bank of Guatemala had to sell $4.1 million in the Electronic System for the Negotiation of Currency, in order to stop the rapid appreciation of the currency.

Friday, October 10, 2008


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As of September 30, the exchange rate of reference was at Q7.47181, however in the first eight days of October is went up to Q7.58238 per US$1.
The sale of dollars by the central bank happened last Tuesday and the objective was reached. The exchange rate of reference published by the Bank dropped from Q7.58238 on Wednesday to Q7.56213 yesterday.

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