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Lawrence Agcaoili
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WorldRemit tightens cyberdefense vs fraud
by Lawrence Agcaoili - June 26, 2022 - 12:00am
Global payments company WorldRemit is further strengthening its cyberdefenses through collaborations with experts and other stakeholders to protect the hard-earned money of overseas Filipino workers.
Market vendors, PUV drivers next targets for e-payments
by Lawrence Agcaoili - June 26, 2022 - 12:00am
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas has partnered with the Department of the Interior and Local Government to promote the acceptance of digital payments in the country’s public markets and tricycle hubs through...
Foreign think tank raises Philippines GDP growth forecast
by Lawrence Agcaoili - June 26, 2022 - 12:00am
FocusEconomics has raised the gross domestic product (GDP) growth forecast for the Philippines to 6.9 percent this year, from an earlier 6.7 percent estimate, to remain the fastest growing economy in Southeast ...
PNB winds down JV with Mizuho Leasing
by Lawrence Agcaoili - June 25, 2022 - 12:00am
Philippine National Bank is winding down its joint venture with Mizuho Leasing Ltd. of Japan due to the impact of the   pandemic.
Peso plunges to nearly 55 vs dollar
by Lawrence Agcaoili - June 25, 2022 - 12:00am
The peso is expected to hit 55 to $1  as it continues to lose more ground after the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) opted to gradually tighten the country’s monetary policy stance with another 25-basis-point...
Another foreign bank exits retail banking in Philippines  
by Lawrence Agcaoili - June 25, 2022 - 12:00am
Dutch financial giant ING Bank is exiting the retail banking market in the Philippines, the second foreign bank to leave the country’s consumer banking segment after global banking giant Citi sold its business...
Property prices sustain quarterly growth in Q1
by Lawrence Agcaoili - June 24, 2022 - 12:00am
Property prices sustained their growth momentum for three straight quarters, rising by 5.6 percent in the first three months this year amid the further reopening of the economy from strict COVID-19 quarantine and...
Interest rates raised anew
by Lawrence Agcaoili - June 24, 2022 - 12:00am
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas yesterday delivered back-to-back rate hikes, raising key policy rates by 25 basis points, to fend off rising inflationary pressures.
Fitch unit expects small Philippine budget gap
by Lawrence Agcaoili - June 23, 2022 - 12:00am
Fitch Solutions Country Risk & Industry Research is now expecting the Philippines to book a smaller budget deficit over the next two years on the back of strong revenue growth from a recovering economy and positive...
BSP eyes guarantee fund for MSMEs
by Lawrence Agcaoili - June 23, 2022 - 12:00am
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas is looking at the establishment of a guarantee fund, as the regulator withdraws incentives extended to banks providing financing to micro, small, and medium enterprises affected by...
Moody’s Analytics hikes Philippine GDP growth forecast
by Lawrence Agcaoili - June 23, 2022 - 12:00am
Moody’s Analytics hiked the gross domestic product growth estimate for the Philippines to above seven percent from 6.1 percent for this year after a stronger-than-expected expansion in the first quarter.
Peso falls anew, ends at 54.47:$1
by Lawrence Agcaoili - June 23, 2022 - 12:00am
The peso continued its losing streak yesterday, depreciating by another 20.5 centavos to close at its weakest level in nearly 17 years, a day before the anticipated interest rate increase by the Bangko Sentral ng...
Banks’ real estate exposure rises to 23.3% in Q1
by Lawrence Agcaoili - June 22, 2022 - 12:00am
The exposure of Philippine banks to the volatile property segment grew further to 23.3 percent in the first quarter from 22.01 percent in the same period last year, with the industry’s non-performing loan ratio...
BOP deficit widens further in May
by Lawrence Agcaoili - June 22, 2022 - 12:00am
The Philippines recorded its widest balance of payments deficit in 15 months at $1.61 billion in May, 2.6 times the $415 million shortfall recorded in April as the national government settled more foreign debt, according...
Inflation may breach this year’s target
by Lawrence Agcaoili - June 22, 2022 - 12:00am
The incoming governor of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas sees inflation breaching the two to four percent target by 1.5 to 1.7 percent this year on soaring oil and commodity prices.
Currency mix under study
by Lawrence Agcaoili - June 21, 2022 - 12:00am
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas is evaluating the country’s currency mix as the use of banknotes and coins, particularly low-denomination currencies, continue to taper off as more Filipinos embrace digita...
Diokno still confident on Philippine removal from FATF gray list
by Lawrence Agcaoili - June 21, 2022 - 12:00am
The Philippines remains confident it will meet the deadline set by global dirty money watchdog Financial Action Task Force to address strategic deficiencies in countering money laundering, terrorist financing and...
BSP likely to raise rates by 25 basis points
by Lawrence Agcaoili - June 21, 2022 - 12:00am
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas is likely to deliver another 25-basis-point rate hike as it opts for a gradual tightening, short of the more aggressive 50-basis-point increase projected by most economists.
Peso pierces 54:$1 level
by Lawrence Agcaoili - June 21, 2022 - 12:00am
The peso shed 31.5 centavos to close at a fresh 3.5-year low of 54.065 yesterday from Friday’s 53.75 to $1.
PNB selling P2 billion acquired assets
by Lawrence Agcaoili - June 20, 2022 - 12:00am
Philippine National Bank is looking to raise another P2 billion from the sale of various acquired assets, including an industrial lot in Pasig City and office units in a condominium in Makati City.
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