The GfK Adimark Economic Perception Index (IPEC) registered a value of 29.8 points in December, almost unchanged from the previous two months. This is on a scale where values below 50 points represent a predominance of negative perceptions of the economy. With this result, the indicator completed 30 months in a pessimistic zone and closed 2020 with an average value of 26.4, its lowest level in the nearly 19 years of monthly records.
In the third quarter of 2020, engineering exports fell by 21%. With this, they accumulate a contraction of 35% during the year, according to the Santiago chamber of commerce (CCS).
The value of the bitcoin exceeded $30,000, on the 2nd of January, for the first time in its history. According to Bloomberg, bitcoin was worth $30,823.30.
The second stage of the readjustment of the Basic Solidarity Pension (PBS) and the Maximum Solidarity Contribution Pension (PMAS) began on the 1st of January, increasing the benefits of the Solidarity Pillar. According to the government, of the total number of beneficiaries, over 1.3 million will register increases as of this date.
The Santiago Chamber of Commerce (CCS) submitted 10 proposals to the Ministry of Economy for the operation of the trade sector during the pandemic. Among the proposals are: Expanding sales capacity, allowing the opening of formal commerce and allowing the operation of businesses during quarintine.