Issuances recorded by the National Securities Commission (CONAVAL) during the first quarter of 2009 totaled $305 million, while those in process total $447 million.
Even banks are trying to capture the public's money in this manner.
Kerem Perez, in his analysis of the subject in an article in Martesfinanciero.com, noted that "the stock market is attractive due to the flexibility and gains that are obtained at the end of its use due to the fact that interest rates are between 7% and 9%. The limiting factor, in some cases, is the amount requested, although the terms that can be secured depend in part on the name of the company issuing the securities."
There is more interest in securities, and negotiable commercial values (VCN) are the most sought for.
Brokers assure that the stock market culture in Panama is changing, and more and more people are interesting in investing in bonds or stocks.
Prensa.com publishes comments from stock brokers, who "assure there are people that prefer to purchase securities than saving their money in fixed term deposits, as they receive higher interests in the first case".
Profitability drops as asset liquidity increases, but liquidity is what ensures the life of the banking business and their customers' money.
Panamanian banks have not used the extra funds that the financial incentive program (PEF) made available to them in order to stimulate lending. In addition, it must be considered that said funds are very expensive, and they have simply not been needed.
Between January and June registrations of securities issues amounted to $4.2 billion, up from the $2.944 billion recorded in 2015.
If the number of new issues registered with the Panamanian Stock Exchange continues to grow as it did in the first half of the year, the figure at the end of 2016 will be the highest in historical terms, surpassing the record of 2013, when $3.579 billion was recorded.
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