Dollar Price Keeps Going Down

A greater supply of dollars, high local interest rates and a decrease in imports of durable goods explain the decreasing trend of the exchange rate in Costa Rica, which on June 18 reached the lowest level of the year.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

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In 2018, the dollar price against the Colon was on an upward trend, however, between February 6 and mid-June of this year, there has been a fall of up to 28 colones per dollar. Click to interact with graphClick to interact with graph

Figures from the Central Bank of Costa Rica (BCCR) specify that so far this year have been reported ups and downs, as between January 1 and February 6 the average exchange rate against the Dollar in the wholesale market Monex increased from ¢609.05 to ¢613.87, but recent months have been marked by a downward trend, to register on June 18 the lowest level in 2019, ¢585.82.

This downward trend was noticed by the country's export sector, which weeks ago asked the Central Bank "to avoid distortions in the fixing of the exchange rate by the oversupply of dollars from the sources of financing of the fiscal deficit.”

See "Warning of a Possible Fall in the Dollar Price

Gerardo Corrales, an economist, explained to that "... the exchange rate is sustained at low levels as a result of lower imports of vehicles, white goods and other durable goods. There is a greater supply of dollars coming from the conversion of investments from dollars to colones, to take advantage of higher interest rates."

Alberto Franco added that "... high local interest rates attract financial capital. High local interest rates, in turn, are the result of a fiscal deficit financed with domestic resources.

Daniel Succar, thinks that "... The country is going through a period of slow economic activity. People are saving, with a view to what might happen with VAT."

Also see "Costa Rican Economy Keeps Slowing Down

Regarding the behavior of economic activity, the latest BCCR report explains that to April of this year the Monthly Economic Activity Index reported in April a 1.6% year-on-year increase, variation that is lower to the 1.8% growth reported in March.

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