Nicaragua: Stock Market Not Taking Off  

As the economy grows significantly, reduced government involvement in 2013 led to a meager 1% growth in transactions on the Stock Exchange.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

During 2013, transactions in the securities market of Nicaragua grew by just 1%, going from $888.5 million in 2012 to $893.2 million in 2013. The almost zero growth is due to low participation of the government and lack of promotion of its emissions, among other factors.

The primary market "only increased by 1 % last year, going from $311.5 million traded to $313.5 million. Meanwhile, the secondary market grew by 116%, going from $35 million to $75.5 million."

" ... I understand that the Ministry of Finance made few emissions last year, I think just $5 million and it had been projected they woudl place $100 million," said Gerardo Arguello, general manager of the Stock Exchange of Nicaragua (BDVN).

"One of the causes of the reduction in government emissions could be the small amount of marketing done for the product. In this market if you sell a product you have to market it, and if it is not well known investor loses interest in acquiring it," he added

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