Costa Rica: Stock Market Activity Shrinks 4%

Between January and November 2017, the volume traded on the stock exchange was $43,153 million, 4% less than the amount traded in the same period in 2016.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

According to figures from the National Securities Exchange (BNV), as of November of this year 78,836 operations were recorded for a total of $43.153 billion, 4% lower than the $44.911 billion transacted in the same period in 2016.

Regarding this decrease, José Rafael Brenes, manager of the BNV, explained to that "... the decrease is justified, mainly, by the fund raising policy of the Ministry of Finance (the country's main issuer), which favored direct placements with instruments that are not easy to negotiate in the secondary market, making the value traded lower. "

" In addition, this year the composition of transactions changed, since 48% was placed in national currency and 52% in foreign currency, contrary to what was seen in the last five years when national currency was the main protagonist in transactions. "

"... In 2018, the picture may not be different and in the view of the authorities it is worrisome that the Treasury has announced that it will try to finance itself with foreign resources through local mechanisms, which will reduce liquidity in the local market."

* The contraction of 4% is an estimate by CentralAmericaData based on official figures from the Annual Bulletin of the BNV for the years 2016 and 2017. However, the article from which the statements by manager José Rafael Brenes were taken refers to a decrease that does not correspond to the data mentioned in our article.

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