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This week, we at Bourse seek to provide some insight into US dollar investment opportunities available through Bourse and within the local financial landscape. “How can I invest my US dollars?” is a question on the mind of many investors lately, particularly those who have been or will be involved in market transactions—such as NCB Financial Group’s recently concluded offer to Guardian Holdings Ltd shareholders—where US dollars will be received.

In an environment where US dollar availability is somewhat constrained, investors with access to US dollars should ensure that precious financial resource is gainfully employed. Fortunately, there are investment solutions that cater to the risk and return preferences of almost every investor.

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