Colombian Peso Declines to 11-Month Low; Bond Yields Rise

Colombia’s peso fell to an 11-month low on speculation that a government stimulus package scheduled to be announced today will weaken the currency.

The peso weakened 0.5 percent to 1834.30 per U.S. dollar at 8:59 a.m. in Bogota, the weakest level on a closing basis since May 24 last year.

The government will present a stimulus plan for industry and agriculture this morning including measures to help exporters by weakening the peso. Finance Minister Mauricio Cardenas told a meeting of the country’s pension fund association April 12 that the peso is about 10 percent overvalued.

“The government’s action plan has been influencing the currency market a lot since last week,” said Diana Guiza, an analyst at Bogota-based brokerage Corredores Asociados. “People have speculated that they could force pension funds to invest much more in dollars.”

Colombian pension funds should invest more outside the country, to diversify and reduce risk, Cardenas said last week.

Yields on Colombia’s peso bonds maturing in 2024 rose three basis points, or 0.03 percentage point, to 5.03 percent, according to the central bank. The price fell 0.3440 centavo to 141.9370 centavos per peso.

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