Guatemala: Leader Rate Stays at 2.75%

Arguing that the behavior of the main indicators of the local economy and the current growth conditions are congruent, Banco de Guatemala has decided to keep the monetary policy rate as it is.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Banco de Guatemala reported that based on a comprehensive analysis of the external and internal economic situation, after evaluating the Inflation Risks Balance, it has decided to maintain the level of the leading interest monetary policy rate at 2.75%.

According to a statement issued by the Central Bank, " ...The Monetary Board, in the external environment, considered that economic growth projections worldwide continue to show an improvement, both for 2018 and 2019, although the risks to the downside and uncertainty prevail.

The document adds that " ... in the domestic sphere, it was highlighted that several short-term indicators (the Monthly Index of Economic Activity, imports and family remittances, among others), show a behavior consistent with current economic growth conditions and with its estimate for the end of this year (between 2.8% and 3.2%). "

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