Closing value of the dollar in Guatemala this June 17 from USD to GTQ

Closing value of the dollar in Guatemala this June 17 from USD to GTQ
Closing value of the dollar in Guatemala this June 17 from USD to GTQ

The quetzal is considered one of the most stable currencies in the world. (Infobae)

In the last session the American dollar quoted at closing 7.75 quetzales on averagewhich represented a change of 0.19% compared to the 7.77 quetzales of the previous day.

If we consider the data of the last seven days, the American dollar registers an increase of 2.33%%so that in year-on-year terms there is still an increase in 0.91%.

In relation to the changes of this day with respect to past days, with this information he stopped the streak he had in the previous two days. The volatility referring to the last week was noticeably lower than that accumulated in the last year, presenting itself as a value with fewer variations than what the general trend indicates in recent dates.

He Bank of Guatemala estimated that the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) will increase 3.4% by 2024, slightly more than that of the previous year, estimated at 3.3 percent. The figures were published in the Survey of economic expectations to the panel of private analysts (EEA) of December 2023, where specialists expressed their opinion on the country’s economic trajectory.

The panel noted that the evolution of energy prices, fiscal policy, price stability, the level of interest rates, stability in the nominal exchange rate, as well as public and private investment will be factors that could influence the economic activity in 2024.

For its part, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) estimated that the GDP growth in Guatemala will be 3.1%, down from 3.4% the previous year.

The EEE points out that the inflation for the first two months of 2024 is 4.48% with an inflation rate of 4.48% for December and 4.32% for the same month of 2025, following a downward trend, impacted by external inflation, the price of non-energy raw materials, among others.

He Quetzal is the legal tender used in Guatemala and was created when the Monetary Law was issued in 1924, when the then president José María Orellana ordered the replacement of the Guatemalan peso.

The Guatemalan currency is currently divided into one hundred cents and in its beginnings it had a value of 10 cents above the US dollar until 1980 when it fell to par, recovering months later.

Currently the quetzal is equivalent to 7.50 units per US dollar and 9.25 units per euro, thus becoming one of the 30 monetary units in Latin America and the world to be one of the most stable.

The organization in charge of regulating the production of the currency is the Bank of Guatemala and today there are coins of 5, 10, 25 and 50 cents of a quetzal and 1 quetzal, while bills of 1, 5, 10 circulate. , 20, 50, 100 and 200 quetzales.

In his attempts to reduce production prices Of the coins, the government has sought to introduce coins with different materials such as opting for steel instead of nickel or brass-plated steel.

Regarding the economy, in the last three decades the country had the least volatile growth in three decades compared to other peer and aspirational countries; At the same time, it has managed to keep public debt and the budget deficit stable, although this has not translated into a reduction in poverty and inequality.

Likewise, Guatemala has the fourth highest rate of chronic malnutrition in the world and the highest among the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, with large indigenous and rural populations affected.

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