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3 days ago

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas mildly hikes its policy rate, as inflation expectations remain elevated.

The policymaking Monetary Board lifts key rate by modest 25 basis points.

The BSP “deemed it necessary to respond with proactive policy action to help temper the risks to the inflation outlook including those emanating from continued uncertainty in the external environment,” it says.

3 days ago

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas on Thursday mildly hikes its policy rate, as inflation expectations remain elevated.

The policymaking Monetary Board lifts key rate by modest 25 basis points.

The BSP “deemed it necessary to respond with proactive policy action to help temper the risks to the inflation outlook including those emanating from continued uncertainty in the external environment,” it says.

November 8, 2018

The Philippine economy grows even slower in the third quarter, the country’s statistics agency reports.

Gross domestic product — or the value of all finished goods and services produced in the country — eases to 6.1 percent, lower than the upwardly revised 6.2 percent in the previous quarter and 7.2 percent clip posted in the same period last year.

August 9, 2018

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas hikes its key interest rates by 50 basis points, its biggest rate hike in a decade, in a bid to fight rising inflation.

“The Monetary Board noted that latest baseline forecasts have shifted higher over policy horizon, indicating some risk of inflation exceeding the target in 2019,” central bank governor Nestor Espenilla says.

August 9, 2018

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas hikes its key interest rates by 50 basis points, its biggest rate hike in a decade, in a bid to fight rising inflation.

“The Monetary Board noted that latest baseline forecasts have shifted higher over policy horizon, indicating some risk of inflation exceeding the target in 2019,” central bank Governor Nestor Espenilla says.

August 7, 2018

Inflation rises further in July, hitting a fresh high of 5.7 percent from June's 5.2 percent.

Year-to-date, inflation averaged 4.5 percent, still above the central bank's 2-4 percent target range.

August 3, 2018

Fitch Solutions says inflation poses a “slight risk” to Philippine consumers, adding that the country remains one of the strongest consumer growth markets in Asia.

“The consumer outlook for the Philippines remains bright on the back of a strong economic growth trajectory, high levels of remittance inflows and falling unemployment,” the Fitch Group unit says in a report.

July 25, 2018

An International Monetary Fund mission expects the Philippine economy to “grow strongly” at 6.7 percent in 2018 and 2019, adding that the medium-term economic outlook on the country “remains favorable.”

However, the IMF team warns that near-term risks have increased, stemming from rising inflation and a “changing external environment.”

“To strike the right balance between growth and macroeconomic stability, policies need to be adjusted to reduce inflationary pressures, while structural reforms should continue to support inclusive growth,” it adds.

July 20, 2018

Global debt watcher Moody's Investors Service has affirmed its rating on the Philippines at "Baa2," a notch higher than minimum investment grade, and maintained the outlook at "stable."

"The Baa2 rating incorporates a number of very positive credit features, including the high economic strength derived from a large and  fast-growing economy, as well as improving fiscal strength based on moderate government debt levels and gains in debt affordability," Moody's says in a statement.

"These are balanced against more negative features which constrain the rating, principally low per capita incomes and, relatedly, still low revenue-raising capacity as compared to similarly rated peer countries," it adds.

 

July 19, 2018

The Asian Development Bank retains its growth outlook on the Philippines, but raises its inflation forecast for the country this year.

In a supplement to its Asian Development Outlook 2018 report, the Manila-based multilateral lender keeps its growth projection for the Philippine economy at 6.8 percent and 6.9 percent for 2018 and 2019, respectively.

Meanwhile, the ADB revises its 2018 inflation forecast for the Philippines to 4.3 percent from its previous estimate of 4 percent, before cooling down 3.9 percent next year.

July 18, 2018

Global debt watcher Fitch Ratings has kept the Philippines’ “BBB” rating, one notch above minimum investment grade, with a stable outlook.

“The Philippines' sovereign ratings balance a favourable growth outlook, government debt levels that are below peer medians, a net external creditor position and policies geared towards maintaining macrostability against lower income per capita and weaker governance and business environment indicators compared with its rating category peers,” Fitch says in a statement.

A higher rating can lower the cost of borrowing in foreign currencies and can increase the country’s ability to attract foreign investment.

July 5, 2018

Philippine inflation accelerates to 5.2 percent in June from May’s 4.6 percent, beating the central bank’s forecast and market estimates.

June 20, 2018

As widely expected, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas has raised its benchmark interest rates anew following a similar move last May as inflation expectations "remain elevated" for 2018.

At its policy meeting, the BSP’s Monetary Board raises interest rate on RRP by 25 basis points to 3.50 percent effective June 21. Interest rates on overnight lending and deposit facilities are likewise lifted accordingly.

June 5, 2018

Philippine inflation in May 2018 accelerates to 4.6 percent, a fresh five-year high for the country.

May 10, 2018

For the first time in nearly four years, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas on Thursday finally lifts key rates to tame rising inflation.

During the Monetary Board’s third policy review for this year, the central bank decides to raise overnight reverse repurchase rate by 25 basis points from record-low 3.0 percent. Interest rates on overnight lending & deposit facilities are likewise hiked accordingly.

“In deciding to raise policy interest rate, the Monetary Board noted that latest forecasts have further shifted higher indicating that inflation pressures could become more broad-based over the policy horizon,” Governor Nestor Espenilla says.

“The Monetary Board believes that a timely increase in the BSP’s policy interest rate will help arrest potential 2nd round effects by tempering the buildup in inflation expectations,” he adds.

May 10, 2018

The Philippine economy grew faster in the first three months of 2018, although it missed the government’s target band for the year, the country’s statistics agency reports.

The country’s gross domestic product—or the value of all finished goods and services produced in the country—grows 6.8 percent in the first quarter, faster than the downwardly revised 6.5 percent clocked in the last three months of 2017 and the 6.4 percent expansion rate in the comparable period last year.

The latest growth pace matches market estimates but settled near the low-end of the government’s 7-8 percent target range for 2018.

The Philippines is the third largest remittance recipient in the world in 2017 with $33 billion, a World Bank report states.

Topping the list were India with $69 billion, followed by China ($64 billion), the Philippines, Mexico ($31 billion), Nigeria ($22 billion) and Egypt ($20 billion). 

The report adds that payments from immigrants back to their home countries reached a new record in 2017 but the costs of transferring funds also increased.

In a release April last year, the Philippine Statistics Authority said there were an estimated 2.2 million overseas Filipino workers abroad at any time during the period April to September 2016. — AFP

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