Loan Portfolio Increased Less Than Expected

At the end of 2019 in Guatemala, the loan portfolio granted to the private sector grew by 5% compared to December 2020; however, this increase was far from the 8.5% predicted at the beginning of last year.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Official figures from the Bank of Guatemala (Banguat) indicate that between December 2018 and the same month in 2019, the private sector loan portfolio increased from $26,262 million to $27,640 million. reports that "... Domestic currency loans performed better last year, while dollar loans closed with a 1.5 percent drop."

The article adds that "... The poor performance of dollar loans was also seen in loans granted by offshore banks which had a 5.1 percent drop and closed at Q12.8 billion ($1.662 million)."

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Up to May 2018, credit granted by Guatemalan banks to the private sector totaled $25.725 billion, 4% more than was reported in the same month in 2017.

According to figures from Banco de Guatemala, credit to the private sector up to May 2018 grew by 4.1% compared to the same month in 2017, rising from $24.611 billion to $25.725 billion. This increase was below the 8% increase recorded between the same months of 2016 and 2017. 

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