Guatemala: Banking System has $3,450 million

Funds in the banking system have increased by 10.34% so far this year.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Data provided by the Superintendency of Banks (SB), indicates that loan funds have reported increases year after year. Figures up to December 2008 amounted to $2,449 million, for December 2009 it was $3,013 million, and the balance in December 2010 showed an increase of 4.2%.

According to, "High liquidity or cash available for lending may vary. Many of the usable funds are quasi-liquid because they are short-term investments, or because they are quickly recoverable.

An analyst at the Association for Research and Social Studies (ASIES) Carlos Gonzalez explained that the availability is divided into two types: the first is direct, this is money that banks have in their safes, and the second is indirect, which includes bank reserves as well as cash investments in short-term securities. "

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Banks and financial entities, as well as some companies, will have to give account to the Superintendence of Banks next year.

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