Guatemalan bank reserves increased

Since yesterday financial groups offering loans will be required to have reserves that equal 100% of the expired credits portfolio.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

According to, "In order to achieve this, generic reserves have been established to support current (specific) requests.

Banks should have reserves representing a percentage based on the last accrued months of portfolio, which range from 5% for a 30-day accrual and up to three month, and 100% for more than a year."

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