17% Decrease in Off Shore Bank Loans in Guatemala

During 2010 the 'off shore' banks reported a 17.4% decline in their loan portfolio.

Monday, January 10, 2011

In November 2010, according to information from Banco de Guatemala, the loan portfolio was $ 1,450 million, 17.4% lower than the $ 1,751 million reported at year-end in 2009.

Flavio Montenegro, general manager of G&T Continental Bank, told Elperiodico.com.gt, "There are two factors which explain the behavior of off shore banks over the past year. The first relates to the exchange rate variation which reduces Dollar amounts after conversion to Quetzales ... The second factor was that during 2010 there was an excess in Dollar liquidity due to slower economic growth".

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