Main rate debated in Guatemala

Businessmen estimate that a reduction in the rate which is now at 7.25% would help to reactivate credit.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

There are division and the debate is hot. The petition from the industrial sector to lower the main interest rate in order to reactivate the economy has its supporters and dissidents.

Representatives from the private sector believe that it is time to make an adjustment. Experts and professionals from Banquat say that inflationary pressure should be consider before acting out.

Industrial companies estimate that if the reference rate was to drop there would be an expansion of credit to the private sector, which on November 13 showed an interannual increase of 12.6%, way below the 28% for the same period in 2007.

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