New regulations are being prepared for measuring currency risk for banks, whose loan portfolio in dollars grew by almost 13% in one year, while 78% of those who borrow in dollars receive their income in local currency.
Figures from the General Superintendent of Financial Institutions (SUGEF) indicate that 41% of the principal balance of outstanding loans is denominated in foreign currency and the rest in colones.Added to this it is the fact that 78% of borrowers of these loans in dollars earn their money in colones.
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A Fitch Special Report indicates better positioning in the face of external uncertainty.
Strengthened Financial Performance:
The banking systems of Central America and the Dominican Republic (hereinafter the region) will continue to strengthen their financial performance as the region continues to recover its rate of GDP growth, estimated at about 4% by 2012 under Fitch’s baseline scenario. Further expansion of credit, combined with less need to establish provisions for bad loans would spur growth in bank profits.
A report from Fitch indicates that only in 2011 the Banks of Central America will reach profitabilitye levels that could be compared to those before the crisis.
Fitch thinks that the majority of Central America's banking systems will earn more profits than in 2009, but it will not be until 2011 when they reach profitability levels comparable to the ones they had before the crisis. The perspectives of financial performance for the Nicaraguan Banking System are less favorable than the rest of the region; meanwhile the possibility that results in Costa Rica surpass the ones in 2009'will depend basically on the evolution of the currency exchange rate.
The Guatemalan Banking Regulator (SIB) has opened a new information office in the Quetzaltenango region.
The new office's objectives will be to, "supervise the financial system in order to improve economic stability, gather intelligence and information relating to money laundering, as well as provide financial education and other services to the public," the banking regulator, Édgar Barquín, told Prensalibre.com.
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