Guatemala Changes Currency Rate Calculation

The new calculation will come into effect on July 16th; it will only consider transactions larger than $20.000.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Currently, the Central Bank includes all foreign exchange market transactions to calculate an average rate.

Carlos González, analyst at Asies (Social Estudies Association), considers that this will allow for faster transactions, as it will eliminate from the calculation a lot of small, meaningless transactions”, reported

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