Pressure on Costa Rican money markets lifts the dollar

As pressure build up on Costa Rica's money markets, the only way seems to be up for the US dollar.

Friday, June 13, 2008


The nation's current account balance is showing a large deficit, and flows of investment – both financial and direct – are down. "There's a combination of factors behind the rise in the dollar's exchange rate," said Andrés Víquez, manager of the Aldesa brokerage.

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