Inflation and high interest rates
by Ruben Almendras - July 17, 2018 - 12:00am
Some weeks ago, President Duterte said the economy is in doldrums, and the high interest rates are causing high peso-dollar exchange rate.
Children of a lesser god?
by Ruben Almendras - July 10, 2018 - 12:00am
"Children of a Lesser God" is actually a movie about deaf-mute children where the main character was an actual deaf-mute actress.
Vignettes/impressions of the presidency
by Ruben Almendras - July 3, 2018 - 12:00am
The Duterte presidency is two years old by June 30 and it has been an interesting two years.
Should you buy dollars now?
by Ruben Almendras - June 26, 2018 - 12:00am
As of last Friday, June 22, the peso-dollar exchange rate closed at P53.34.
And the winner is: Kim Jong Un
by Ruben Almendras - June 19, 2018 - 12:00am
The meeting in Singapore between US President Trump and North Korea President Kim Jong Un was historic and defused nuclear tension in the Korean Peninsula and the rest of the world.
War in the South China Sea?
by Ruben Almendras - June 12, 2018 - 12:00am
In the last four months the South China Sea has made the front pages of the newspapers and primetime TV news almost every week.
Conflict of interest and governance
by Ruben Almendras - June 5, 2018 - 12:00am
The recent and still burning issue of Solicitor General Calida's security agency getting contracts with 14 government offices and corporations amounting to hundreds of millions of pesos a year, and the resignation...
Why Chengdu?
by Ruben Almendras - May 29, 2018 - 12:00am
Earlier this month I was in Chengdu, China, to attend a business conference and having done some research on this city, my expectations were well met.
What happened to strongman leaders?
by Ruben Almendras - May 22, 2018 - 12:00am
Three weeks ago, a Time magazine issue about "strongman leaders" generated a lot of interest in the Philippines because it included our current Philippine President Duterte, together with Putin, Xi, Erdogan, and...
A chanceto be a hero?
by Ruben Almendras - May 15, 2018 - 12:00am
In the monumental and earthshaking decision of the Supreme Court to remove Chief Justice Sereno via Quo Warranto, two people missed their chance to be a hero.
What is Fintech?
by Ruben Almendras - May 8, 2018 - 12:00am
I attended the Chamber of Thrift Banks convention in Makati last month and the theme was "Banking on Disruptive Technologies."
Boracay:A quiet place
by Ruben Almendras - May 1, 2018 - 12:00am
"A Quiet Place" is an unexpected hit movie that cost only $17 million to make and has already grossed over $200 million in the three weeks that it has been showing.
"The sadness of Yasunari Kawabata"
by Ruben Almendras - April 24, 2018 - 12:00am
I put quotation marks in the title because this is the actual title of an article I read many years ago.
Hazards of populist politics
by Ruben Almendras - April 17, 2018 - 12:00am
Populist politics or populism has many definitions and variations because over the years it has evolved from the different practices of many politicians and leaders in many countries.
What kind of god …?
by Ruben Almendras - April 10, 2018 - 12:00am
I've heard of people who stopped reading the newspapers, listening to the radio or watching TV, or looking at social media because knowing what's happening in the country and the world stresses them.
Why Hanoi?
by Ruben Almendras - April 3, 2018 - 12:00am
I have been to Vietnam countless times as I headed a team of Filipino technocrats that set up the first private commercial bank in Ho Chi Minh way back in the 1980’s, right after the end of the Vietnam Wa...
Was Jesus a victim of fake news?
by Ruben Almendras - March 27, 2018 - 12:00am
It was Palm Sunday last Sunday and the Gospel was about the Passion of Jesus Christ.
The economy according to RCBC
by Ruben Almendras - March 20, 2018 - 12:00am
After I gave you the views of the BSP and BPI on the Philippine economy in earlier columns, I have to give you another bank’s perspective after I attended their lunch briefing last week.
Sereno issue strategy
by Ruben Almendras - March 13, 2018 - 12:00am
From the pronouncements from the presidential spokesman, that Malacañang is hands off on the Sereno issue on one day, and subsequently that they are elated on the Congress Justice committee vote on the impeachment,...
BPI on the Philippine economy
by Ruben Almendras - March 6, 2018 - 12:00am
After my column two weeks ago about the economic forecast of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), I attended the BPI Chinese New Year event which included a briefing of the bank's assessments and projections for...
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