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Thursday - 18th October, 2018
less pressure to put off oil tax hike
THERE MAY BE less pressure for the government to press on with its stated commitment earlier this we...
Wednesday - 17th October, 2018
Economic execs turn cautious on targets
THE DEVELOPMENT Budget Coordination Committee (DBCC) on Tuesday slashed economic growth and fiscal g...
Tuesday - 16th October, 2018
Gov’t eyes cuts in ‘non-infra’▲ spen▲ din▲ g
THE GOVERNMENT will cut spending on non-infrastructure items to weather the impact of billions of pe...
Monday - 15th October, 2018
TRADE GAP WIDENS FURTHER
THE Philippines’ foreign merchandise trade deficit continued to grow in August, marking its fifth ...
Friday - 12th October, 2018
FOOD AND SIN PRODUCTS CONTINUE TO WEIGH ON INFLATION
INFLATION surged anew in September to 6.7%, marking a fresh nine-year high, with the country’s eco...
Thursday - 11th October, 2018
FDI net inflows more than double in July
NET INFLOWS of foreign direct investments (FDI) more than doubled in July, marked by strong inflows ...
Wednesday - 10th October, 2018
Palace orders ‘unimpeded’ rice imports
PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has ordered “unimpeded” importation of rice, adding to steps meant ...
Tuesday - 9th October, 2018
Muted foreign interest in 3rd telco slot
FOUR LOCAL FIRMS and only one foreign company, Norway’s Telenor Group, firmed up their interest in...
Monday - 8th October, 2018
Economists watch if inflation has peaked
INFLATION can now go either way towards yearend after September logged a fresh nine-year high, econo...
Friday - 5th October, 2018
HOW DOES THE PHILIPPINES COMPARE IN TERMS OF SOCIAL PROGRESS?
SOCIAL progress, as defined by Washington-based Social Progress Imperative, measures “the capacity...
Thursday - 4th October, 2018
Bankers see stability ahead in BSP poll
EXECUTIVES of Philippine banks expect the industry to remain stable over the next two years, with mo...
Wednesday - 3rd October, 2018
PSEi ENTERS BEAR TERRITORY FOR THE FOURTH TIME THIS YEAR, WIPES OUT P2.02 TRILLION SINCE PEAK
THE bellwether Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) plunged 89.72 points (-1.24%) at 7,132.36 yest...
Tuesday - 2nd October, 2018
Customs tops collection target for 8th straight month
THE BUREAU of Customs (BoC) surpassed its collection target for the eighth straight month in Septemb...
Monday - 1st October, 2018
IMF cautions gov’t on fiscal deficit
THE PHILIPPINES should aim for a more modest budget deficit by trimming “non-priority” expenses ...
Friday - 28th September, 2018
ASEAN DISCLOSURE INDEX 2018
HOW SOUTHEAST ASIA’S TOP 180 LISTED COMPANIES FARE VS DISCLOSURE STANDARDS...
Thursday - 27th September, 2018
PHL growth to slow, still ‘robust’— ADB
THE ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK (ADB) has slashed its Philippine economic growth projections for this yea...
Wednesday - 26th September, 2018
Palace moves to boost farm supply
MALACAÑANG has issued four orders, all dated Sept. 21, to help improve supply of agricultur...
Tuesday - 25th September, 2018
House body turns to financial products as it presses on with tax reform
THE HOUSE of Representatives Ways and Means Committee on Monday raced to tackle more of the Executiv...
Monday - 24th September, 2018
Analysts expect fresh 50bp rate hike
THE BANGKO SENTRAL ng Pilipinas (BSP) will likely raise interest rates by another 50 basis points (b...
Friday - 21st September, 2018
Fitch downplays corporate tax cut’s lure
LOWER CORPORATE INCOME TAX RATES are unlikely to provide a big boost to inbound investments, Fitch S...
Thursday - 20th September, 2018
WHICH CONSUMER ITEMS STAND OUT?
THE 6.4% inflation rate recorded in August caught state economic managers and financial markets by s...
Wednesday - 19th September, 2018
Economic team wields inflation tool kit
THE PHILIPPINE ECONOMY is ready to face headwinds from rising inflation and further depreciation of ...
Tuesday - 18th September, 2018
Not all tax reforms approved by yearend
REMAINING TAX REFORMS targeted by the Executive will bag final approval in the House of Representati...
Monday - 17th September, 2018
Central bank opens FX hedging facility
THE BANGKO SENTRAL ng Pilipinas (BSP) has issued guidelines for a reopened facility allowing borrowe...
Friday - 14th September, 2018
IPO rule tweaks favor small investors
SMALL INVESTORS can look forward to greater participation in companies’ initial public offerings (...
Thursday - 13th September, 2018
DoF flags tax reform bill’s fiscal impact
THE SENATE version of the second tax reform package that cuts corporate income tax rates and streaml...
Wednesday - 12th September, 2018
Banks increase exposure to real property sector
BANKS lent out more funds to the real property sector as of June, although growth slowed from the pr...
Tuesday - 11th September, 2018
June fuels first-half FDI surge
NET INFLOWS of foreign direct investments (FDI) to the Philippines increased anew in June, helping t...
Monday - 10th September, 2018
Credit raters cautious on political noise
DEBT WATCHERS are cautious over increased political noise due to moves to persecute another of Presi...
Friday - 7th September, 2018
Rising prices weigh on business
BUSINESSES OPTIMISM softened this quarter from the past year amid rising commodity prices — markin...
Thursday - 6th September, 2018
Aug. inflation fastest in nearly a decade
HEADLINE INFLATION in August caught state economic managers and financial markets by surprise, shoot...
Wednesday - 5th September, 2018
Tax reforms gain ground in House
TWO TAX REFORMS — one that cuts the corporate income tax rate and removes redundant fiscal incenti...
Tuesday - 4th September, 2018
Business picks up for factories in August
AGI P14.320 Value P1,356,372,206 P0.520 3.768% GTCAP P880.000 Value P525,824,070 P4.000 0.457% BDO P...
Monday - 3rd September, 2018
Poll sees fresh multiyear-high inflation
INFLATION likely zoomed to a fresh multi-year high in August due largely to higher food costs, analy...
Friday - 31st August, 2018
BSP beefs up cybersecurity safeguards
THE BANGKO SENTRAL ng Pilipinas (BSP) will soon require banks to promptly report cybersecurity breac...
Thursday - 30th August, 2018
MERCHANDISE TRADE REMAINS A WEAKNESS IN PHL’S ECONOMIC GROWTH STORY
THE Philippines’ foreign trade continues to be a drag to growth with the first half’s trade defi...
Wednesday - 29th August, 2018
Maiden report flags key financial risks
THE CENTRAL BANK plans to roll out three new measures in a bid to better manage debt-related risks, ...
Tuesday - 28th August, 2018
HOW MUCH HAVE AVERAGE WAGES RISEN AMONG REGIONS AND OCCUPATION GROUPS?
The country's average daily basic pay — defined as the salary for normal working hours bef...
Monday - 27th August, 2018
HOW DOES MANILA COMPARE WITH THE WORLD’S URBAN AREAS?
THE Cities in Motion Index by the IESE Business School at the University of Navarra in Barcelona, Sp...
Friday - 24th August, 2018
Moody’s flags capital outflow pressure
THE PHILIPPINES and other emerging markets are likely to see more outbound capital at a time of risi...
Thursday - 23rd August, 2018
Spending surge boosts budget gap
THE GOVERNMENT’s fiscal deficit grew in July and in the first seven months, as spending increased ...
Wednesday - 22nd August, 2018
HOW MUCH HAVE AVERAGE WAGES RISEN AMONG ECONOMIC SECTORS?
THE country’s average daily basic pay — defined as the pay for normal/regular working time befor...
Tuesday - 21st August, 2018
External payments gap narrows in July
DOLLARS outflows continued to outpace inflows in July, the central bank reported on Monday, even as ...
Monday - 20th August, 2018
House to resume budget work
THE HOUSE of Representatives is scheduled to proceed with hearings on the Executive’s proposed 201...
Friday - 17th August, 2018
LGUs edge each other out in index
METRO MANILA cities led by the likes of Quezon City and the City of Manila have continued to dominat...
Thursday - 16th August, 2018
Executive, House break budget deadlock
TALKS in Malacañan Palace last Tuesday between President Rodrigo R. Duterte and Speaker Glo...
Wednesday - 15th August, 2018
CAN DOMESTIC SAVINGS COVER INVESTMENT NEEDS?
The savings-investment (S-I) gap — the difference between gross domestic savings and gros...
Tuesday - 14th August, 2018
INFLATION BY REGION
July inflation clocked in at 5.7%, picking up for the seventh consecutive month on a year-on-year ba...
Monday - 13th August, 2018
WHICH ECONOMIES ARE BUSINESS LEADERS MOST OPTIMISTIC ABOUT?
Optimism levels based on a survey of 2,500 businesses across 32 economies Q2, 2018...
Friday - 10th August, 2018
Central bank fires off third rate hike
THE Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) raised rates anew yesterday in a more aggressive move as expec...
Thursday - 9th August, 2018
Trade gap persists, though smaller, as June imports surge, exports dip
EXTERNAL TRADE in goods likely dragged economic growth in the second quarter as sales abroad of loca...
Wednesday - 8th August, 2018
July inflation boosts rate hike odds
INFLATION surged faster than market expectations in July to clock a fresh multi-year high, the Phili...
Tuesday - 7th August, 2018
Right-of-way issue hounds MRT 7
CONSTRUCTION of the Metro Rail Transit Line 7 (MRT-7) — a project designed to offer more public tr...
Monday - 6th August, 2018
P866,325,025 -P1.000▲-0.763% Economists expect fresh rate hike
THE BANGKO SENTRAL ng Pilipinas (BSP) will most likely raise benchmark interest rates anew this week...
Friday - 3rd August, 2018
Tax reforms face political resistance
THE DEPARTMENT of Finance (DoF) expects rough sailing in Congress for remaining tax reforms as lawma...
Thursday - 2nd August, 2018
Manufacturing growth weakens in July
PHILIPPINE manufacturing activity grew at a slower pace as the second semester began — marking the...
Wednesday - 1st August, 2018
WHICH REGIONS SHOWED THE BIGGEST IMPROVEMENT IN FIXED CAPITAL OUTLAYS FROM 2015 TO 2017?
FIXED capital outlays — composed of construction, durable equipment, breeding stock and orchard de...
Tuesday - 31st July, 2018
Economic execs assure on budget gap
ECONOMIC MANAGERS are committed to keeping the government’s budget deficit manageable despite a Su...
Monday - 30th July, 2018
IMF expects wider current account gap State mining body to review audit findings
THE MINING Industry Coordinating Council (MICC) will convene on Wednesday to discuss the final repor...
Friday - 27th July, 2018
S&P cautions on tax reform uncertainty
PROLONGED UNCERTAINTY over tax reform could weigh on investor appetite towards the Philippines, S&am...
Thursday - 26th July, 2018
2nd tax package runs into Senate wall
PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. DUTERTE may have given marching orders last Monday for Congress to approve his ...
Wednesday - 25th July, 2018
2019 budget assumptions in focus
PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte submitted the proposed 2019 national budget to Congress after his State...
Tuesday - 24th July, 2018
FDI commitments surge in first semester — BoI
THE BOARD of Investments (BoI) saw value of committed foreign direct investments (FDIs) grow nearly ...
Monday - 23rd July, 2018
Economists see wage-fueled price spikes
BANK ECONOMISTS expect inflation to clock in faster in 2018 and to remain elevated over the next two...
Friday - 20th July, 2018
PHL growth view steady despite inflation
THE ASIAN Development Bank (ADB) retained its growth forecasts for the Philippines despite faster pr...
Thursday - 19th July, 2018
Fitch affirms PHL’s investment grade
FITCH RATINGS has kept its credit rating for the Philippines a notch above minimum investment grade ...
Wednesday - 18th July, 2018
Regulators start monitoring crypto assets, though no major risk for now
LONDON — Global regulators have published a framework for “vigilantly” monitoring risks from c...
Tuesday - 17th July, 2018
May remittances signal GDP boost
MONEY SENT HOME by Filipinos working abroad surged in May to the highest level in five months, the B...
Monday - 16th July, 2018
State economic managers cautious on federal system — Pernia
STATE economic managers are lukewarm to implementing federalism in the Philippines since many region...
Friday - 13th July, 2018
Hot money flows bare investor unease
MORE FOREIGN FUNDS fled the Philippines in June — marking the second straight month of net outflow...
Thursday - 12th July, 2018
Philippines ‘ below average’ in regional innovation ranking
THE PHILIPPINES’ rank in terms of innovation was unchanged from a year ago, despite “high scores...
Wednesday - 11th July, 2018
May trade gap widest so far for 2018
MERCHANDISE exports slid for the fifth straight month in May while imports grew further, albeit at a...
Tuesday - 10th July, 2018
Gov’t plans P1-trillion 2019 borrowing
THE GOVERNMENT plans to borrow up to P1.189 trillion in 2019 to help finance its spending plan, 33.8...
Monday - 9th July, 2018
HEAVILY WEIGHTED ITEMS PUSH INFLATION FURTHER AWAY FROM TARGET
INFLATION clocked in at 4.3% last semester, faster than the 2.9% logged in 2017’s first half and f...
Friday - 6th July, 2018
Inflation surge spurs rate hike view
INFLATION surged in June to a fresh five-year high as it beat market and government estimates given ...
Thursday - 5th July, 2018
Subic airport adds to infrastructure push
THE GOVERNMENT is pursuing plans to revive the Subic Bay International Airport before the second qua...
Wednesday - 4th July, 2018
At least 6.5% growth ‘easily achievable’
THE PHILIPPINE ECONOMY can easily expand by at least 6.5% over the next few years on robust investme...
Tuesday - 3rd July, 2018
Monday - 2nd July, 2018
Food, oil to stoke June inflation
INFLATION likely clocked in faster in June on the back of rising food and oil prices coupled with a ...
Friday - 29th June, 2018
‘Better-than-expected’ tax gains cited
“IMPRESSIVE” gains from tax reform bode well for the Philippines’ credit rating, Moody’s Inv...
Thursday - 28th June, 2018
NEDA bullish on project completion
THE GOVERNMENT now expects to complete nearly half of its 75 flagship infrastructure projects by the...
Wednesday - 27th June, 2018
Banks told to guard vs dummy accounts
THE ANTI-MONEY Laundering Council (AMLC) has warned banks and other financial companies to tighten t...
Tuesday - 26th June, 2018
May sees state revenues, spending rise
THE GOVERNMENT saw its fiscal deficit dip last month from the past year, as revenue growth slightly ...
Monday - 25th June, 2018
SEC gives short sale green light
THE PHILIPPINE Stock Exchange, Inc. (PSE) has secured the green light for short-selling, a move desi...
Friday - 22nd June, 2018
Most mines pass review — MICC
THE MINING INDUSTRY Coordinating Council (MICC) cleared 23 of the 27 mines that were reviewed for co...
Thursday - 21st June, 2018
BSP tightens anew to temper inflation
THE Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) raised rates yesterday after a similar move in May in a bid to...
Wednesday - 20th June, 2018
Gov’t closer to ‘samurai’ bond sale
THE PHILIPPINES on Tuesday sought to drum up interest in the sale of yen-denominated bonds planned n...
Tuesday - 19th June, 2018
Casinos, bitcoin in AMLC’s sights
THE ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING Council (AMLC) is bringing casinos and digital currencies into focus this ...
Monday - 18th June, 2018
BSP could maintain policy for now — poll
THE BANGKO SENTRAL ng Pilipinas (BSP) may find room to keep interest rates unchanged this week amid ...
Friday - 15th June, 2018
BoP, current account pressures persist
THE BANGKO SENTRAL ng Pilipinas (BSP) expects the country’s external payments position to settle a...
Thursday - 14th June, 2018
BSP faces ‘complex’ policy environment
THE MONETARY BOARD (MB) is gearing up for an earlier ratesetting meeting next week as it faces a “...
Wednesday - 13th June, 2018
BSP looks at further easing of FX rules
THE BANGKO SENTRAL ng Pilipinas (BSP) has pushed back the implementation of tighter standards for ba...
Monday - 11th June, 2018
BSP exec downplays rate hike calls
A CENTRAL BANK official has downplayed calls for a fresh hike in benchmark interest rates in the fac...
Friday - 8th June, 2018
FDI pledges drop 37.9% in first quarter
APPROVED foreign investment pledges fell to their lowest level in nearly eight years last quarter in...
Thursday - 7th June, 2018
MANILA AMONG CITIES FACING BIGGEST ECONOMIC RISKS FROM NATURAL AND MAN-MADE DISASTERS
THE Lloyd’s City Risk Index measures the so-called “GDP@Risk” of 279 cities worldwide. The GDP...
Wednesday - 6th June, 2018
Government flags inflation concern
INFLATION clocked slower than expected in May but still marked the fastest clip in more than five ye...
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