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Venezuela's Bolivar hits a record low of 100 to the US dollar

Monday, September 29th 2014 - 09:22 UTC
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The sinking rate of the Mercosur member's currency on what is known as the “parallel” currency market has been a major headache for President Maduro The sinking rate of the Mercosur member's currency on what is known as the “parallel” currency market has been a major headache for President Maduro

Venezuela's Bolivar currency hit a record low 100 to the U.S. dollar on the black market on Friday, making the dollar 16 times more expensive than the strongest official rate, according to a website that tracks it.

 The sinking rate of the Mercosur member's currency on what is known as the “parallel” currency market has been a major headache for President Nicolas Maduro's government which says speculators drive the Bolivar down unrealistically.

Government critics say the high price of the greenback on the black market is a symptom of the failure of populist economic policies begun by Maduro's predecessor Hugo Chavez, who ruled from 1999 until his death in 2013.

Importers unable to access dollars at one of the three official rates under the government's currency controls use the black market instead, while some businesses in Venezuela watch it as an unofficial indicator to set prices.

The closely watched dolartoday.com website, which the government has declared illegal and tried to block, quoted the Bolivar at 100.49 to the dollar on Friday afternoon. That compared to 41 a year ago on the black market, it said.

Another website, dolarparalelo.org, put Friday's price at 96.69.

The government operates a three-tier currency control system, with the strongest price of 6.3 available only for priority goods like medicines and essential foods. Two other systems provide limited access to dollars at 12 and 50 bolivars respectively.

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  • Brasileiro

    From time to time I am in doubt whether the Central Bank is even Brazilian or North-American.

    The Central Bank of Brazil must let the dollar float freely, without making use of exchange rate bands.

    We would save money and would gain competitiveness for our products with the appreciation of the dollar.

    Sep 29th, 2014 - 09:45 am 0
  • Captain Poppy

    The market does what the market expects based on facts. Argentina........are you reading?

    And now that Dumbo the bus driver took over the Clorox factory, how long will it be before we see incidental deaths from the lack of knowledge of making chlorine bleach? In the air, waterways.

    Dumber=Dilma

    Dumberer=Kirchner

    Dumberest=Bus Driver Maduro

    This will make a great movie.

    Sep 29th, 2014 - 10:13 am 0
  • malicious bloke

    Hah, stupid fascist western economists!

    See how, by devaluing our currency, there's more of it to go around for everyone!

    Print, my pretties, print more pesos!

    We'll be rich beyond our wildest dreams!

    Sep 29th, 2014 - 10:24 am 0
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