Guatemala: Appeal Against Credit Card Act Rejected

The appeal filed against the law establishing ceilings on interest rates charged by card issuers has been rejected by the Constitutional Court.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Constitutional Court (CC), rejected the appeals filed against the Credit Card Act , presented in January by the Association of Banks of Guatemala (ABG), the Association of Card Payment Issuers (AEMPG) and Deputy Ronald Arango, reported

The industry objected to the law since it was first proposed and condemned it because of the cap on interest that can be charged, noting that this would increase credit risk and reduce the number of cardholders.

"... According to the law there is an obligation to restructure user's debts when they reach 150% of the credit limit. The Act also provides that the credit limit of users and their extra-financing may not exceed twice their monthly income, among other things. "

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Guatemala: Credit Card Law Suspended

April 2016

The Superior Court has ordered the temporary cancellation due to lack of a ruling from the Bank of Guatemala, and the fact that Congress gave approval without having a majority, as stipulated by law.

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January 2016

Unconstitutionality lawsuits filed by banks and the Association of Payment Card Issuers may postpone the enforcement of the law, which was scheduled for March 2015.

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