The U S Dollar and the Jamaican Consumer

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At the risk of revealing my age I remember when the US dollar was equal to 5 Jamaican dollars At that time it was very scarce to even see currency from the United States unless you worked in the tourism sector or had relatives visiting from overseasI dont remember that we were in any way flourishing financially In fact the opposite was true as items often had to be sold or married with other items in order to be boughtWell