Credit Cards Anticipate Deceleration in Guatemala

Faced with the crisis, issuers see young people and the lower middle class socioeconomic level (C / D) as vulnerable.

Friday, April 3, 2009

In 2009, the Guatemalan credit card sector will have difficulty sustaining the 15% to 20% growth it has maintained in the last few years. This growth led the industry to reach more than 1 million customers, a portfolio of $751 million and revenue of $220 million in 2008.

In a report in, the behavior of the different market segments was analyzed in the face of the crisis. It indicated that "the most vulnerable to falling into delinquency are young and lower middle class consumers (C/D)", and it highlighted the opportunities that exist: "Segment A has the greatest potential for growth as do some parts of the C + segment. "

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The Central American Institute of Fiscal Studies (Icefi), will elaborate an analysis of the consequences of the financial crisis in the region, focusing on 4 of the main ways for the crisis to spread: remittances, commerce, tourism and foreign direct investment.

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The Government of Costa Rica is putting emphasis on social spending and investment in public works as measures to deal with the contraction of the economy.

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November 2008

Fitch Ratings predicts that the world's major advanced economies will next year experience the steepest decline in GDP since World War II.

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Honduras faces food crisis

April 2008

With three million people living in extreme poverty and 29 percent of the nation's children suffering from malnutrition, rising world food prices will have a devastating effect on Honduras, the daily El Heraldo warns in an editorial.

Basic foods have to be made available at accessible prices, including subsidies for the poorest, the newspaper says, and that goal can only be achieved by a joint effort involving international organizations, the government, producers and society in general.

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