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14.10.2008 Business & Finance

Cedi depreciates again to major currencies


Ghana cedi on Tuesday depreciated again to the major currencies which pushed up the GCS-Cedi Index by 0.49 points.

The cedi fell to the Dollar, Pound and the Euro but appreciated slightly to the CFA.

The index, which measures the average performance of the cedi against the major trading currencies, therefore, went up at 115.62 points from 115.12 points on Monday.

The year-to-date shows a deprecation of the cedi by 17.71 per cent, 9.53 per cent and 3.54 per cent to the Dollar, the Euro and the Pound respectively, but indicates 8.69 per cent appreciation against the CFA.

The cedi gains value when the index goes down and it loses value when the index goes up.

On a whole, the cedi remained depreciated 0.14 GH cedis to the dollar, 3.65 GH pesewas to the Pound and 0.31 GH pesewas to the Euro. It, however, appreciated 0.01 GH pesewas to the CFA.

Change for the year to date and change base year (July 03 2007) to date now stands at 11.32 per cent and 15.62 per cent respectively.

The Index is calculated as a geometric weighted average of changes in the four currency rates against the cedi at the Inter-bank market, relative to a base of 100 set on 03 July 2007, when the Bank of Ghana redenominated the national currency at a base value of 100.

It is inversely proportional. A quote of 105.50 means the cedi value has depreciated by 5.50 per cent since the base period, while a quote of 85.3 means the cedi has gained by 14.77 per cent since its base year.

The following are the exchange rates for the four currencies on Monday, October 14, 2008. Currency Buying Selling Depreciation (-)/Appreciation (+)

(Gp) Dollar
- 0.14
- 3.65

- 0.31 Equivalence of currency to one GH¢
+ 0.01