Guatemala to Issue Bonds Through Online Platform

In the first auction only large investors may take part and from the second semester issues will be made for short terms and low amounts, aimed at small investors.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Using the online platform State debt securities can be bought by local investors, through brokers approved by the stock exchange. The regulations published in the official newspaper La Gaceta establish how the auctions will be conducted, and the settlement and interest payments.

According to the Ministry of Finance, "... in the first months, issues will be made in the domestic market through a public auction for large investors. Estrada said they are contemplating issuing abroad but have yet to define the amount and timing; however, he said it could be in March."

Prensalibre.com explains that "...Guatemala was the only Central American country that did not have an electronic platform for trading in such financial instruments. This system allows investors to receive a proof of purchase from a stockbroker, which is covered by the account entry corresponding to the investment."

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