(Bloomberg) -- Chile’s peso tumbled at the open Wednesday, dropping more than any other emerging-market currency, after the central bank announced plans to boost its international reserves.
The peso weakened 2.1% to 742.26 to the dollar as of 8:55 a.m. in Santiago. The currency hasn’t dropped that much in a day since June 18 last year.
The central bank said in a statement that it will start to replenish its reserves next week through daily purchases of $40 million at competitive auctions. The bank will buy a total of $12 billion ahead of the end of the International Monetary Fund’s Flexible Credit Line in May 2022. That will more than compensate for the $2.55 billion it spent in an intervention plan between December 2019 and January 2020.
The plan is to increase reserves to 18% of gross domestic product, the bank said.