Modification to Banking Regulations in Guatemala

Tomorrow the Superintendence of Banks (SIB) will request that the Monetary Board approve a modification of the Regulations for Credit Risk Management.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Even though bank portfolios in arrears are not at a critical level, the SIB will request that the Monetary Board make the changes to the rules in order for banks to increase their reserves for bad debts (loans).

Edgar Barquin, head of SIB, said that the changes will strengthen the banking system ability to deal with any eventuality.

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Guatemalan bank reserves increased

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

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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