Exchange Rate Reduces High Price Profits

The Guatemalan quetzal appreciated 2.1% against the Dollar in recent weeks, reducing the favorable conditions set by high international prices of coffee and sugar.

Monday, February 7, 2011

The article by L. Alvarez and V. Gudiel from, states: "This appreciation is taking its toll on the entire export sector, which receives less Quetzales in foreign sales and which has dragged this on for 5 years, appreciating the exchange rate over 30 percent (after inflation) against the U.S. currency."

Central Bank authorities point out seasonal factors as the cause of the last variation by the exchange rate, indicating that during this time of the year earnings from overseas sales increase foreign exchange, putting downward pressure on the local price of the Dollar.

Other analysts point to structural factors in the system, which allow the manipulation of the exchange rate by large traders.

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