Rating agency warns of risks for Guatemala's banking system

Banks should increase their equity in order to cover unexpected losses in order to prevent their credit portfolios from deteriorating.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

The banking sector underwent a rigorous examination of its indicators by the Regional Credit Rating Agency, which issued a rating of 72.3%.
According to the CRA, the banks should start preparing to face a complex scenario because of the effects of inflation on their clients and the deterioration of their credit portfolio, the restriction of liquidity (money in circulation), the behavior of the exchange rate, the increase in interest rates, and the restricting of conditions to obtain external or foreign financing.

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In all three countries, public finances have deteriorated due to higher fiscal deficits generated by increased government spending.

Public deficit and public debt have deteriorated the quality of the finances of Costa Rica, El Salvador and Guatemala.

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“Moody's cited a stable macroeconomic environment supported by prudent fiscal and monetary policies.

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