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Forex rate hike hurts pockets

Published:Tuesday | October 11, 2016 | 12:00 AM


When I was a child, I often thought it was a good thing when the foreign-exchange rate went up, since I would get more at Christmas time in postcards. Even now, many Jamaicans are thinking the same thing, since when relatives from abroad send money, they'll get more.

When the foreign-exchange rate goes up, so does our light bill. There is a section that states Base Exchange Rate, which refers to the foreign-exchange rate that existed at the time the Office of Utilities Regulation approved the company's rate schedule. Therefore, as the foreign-exchange rate fluctuates, so will our light bill.