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Yields on term deposits climb ahead of US vote

YIELDS ON term deposits offered by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) rose on Wednesday ahead of the US elections where investors expect the Democrats to win the presidency.

Diokno sees signs of recovery, disinclined to ease further

MANILA — The Philippine central bank does not see an immediate need to ease monetary policy further given the slew of indicators that point towards economic recovery from the contraction caused by the coronavirus pandemic, its governor said on Tuesday.

Term deposit yields inch higher as demand slows

YIELDS ON term deposits offered by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) were higher on Wednesday, tracking rates of US government bonds on hopes for a fresh stimulus to prop up the world’s largest economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.

BSP to carefully assess timing of unwinding its easing measures

THE central bank will carefully gauge the appropriate timing of unwinding its aggressive policy measures, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin E. Diokno said.

Tighter monetary policy affects smaller rural banks more — study

RURAL BANKS with a lower asset base are likely to be more affected by tighter monetary policy, especially in terms of lending, a study by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) found.

Gov’t seeks P540B advance from BSP

THE National Government (NG) is asking the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) for P540 billion in additional financial assistance to help plug the widening budget deficit due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

Yields on term deposits inch up ahead of inflation data, BSP...

YIELDS ON term deposits auctioned off by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) mostly rose on Wednesday, with the market expecting a slightly faster increase in commodity prices.

BSP liquidity support for economy estimated at P1.5 trillion

LIQUIDITY INJECTED into the economy by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) via monetary policy measures has amounted to about P1.5 trillion, BSP Governor Benjamin E. Diokno said.

BSP to hold rates at record low — poll

THE Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is widely expected to leave benchmark interest rates untouched on Thursday, as it reserves its measures in case economic recovery lags, analysts said.

BSP likely to keep policy steady

THE GOVERNMENT should prioritize measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic as it looks towards economic recovery, with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) likely done easing policy to stimulate activity, the International Institute of Finance (IIF) said.

Yields on term deposits inch up as BSP sets first bond...

YIELDS ON the term deposits auctioned off by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) mostly inched up on Wednesday amid an increase in bond supply in the market, with the central bank set to make its maiden issue of securities next week.

Wirecard’s Philippine business partners under probe, FT says

Philippine regulators are investigating Wirecard AG’s local partner businesses which could establish the full extent of the country’s exposure to one of Europe’s worst accounting scandals, the Financial Times (FT) reports.

Our new normal should be a green one—WWF

Atty. Angela Ibay, WWF-Philippines Head of Climate and Energy, opines that we have what it takes to make our post-COVID world a sustainable one. Here are her three arguments for a greener normal.

Naga rural bank turns in banking license

A RURAL bank in Bicol has been permitted to voluntary surrender its banking license, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).

Peso gains as BSP boosts small banks’ liquidity

THE PESO appreciated against the greenback on Wednesday before the Holy Week break on the back of positive sentiment due to the central bank's...

Current account deficit shrinks in 2019

THE country’s current account deficit shrank to $464 million in 2019, due to “lower trade in goods deficit combined with higher net receipts in the trade in services, and in the primary and secondary income accounts, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said on Friday.

BSP outlines additional relief measures for banks

THE CENTRAL BANK is giving additional regulatory to financial institutions, including the imposition of a higher single borrower’s limit (SBL), removing penalties for reserve deficiencies, and providing leeway for some notification requirements amid disruptions caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Rediscount rates down following BSP cut

REDISCOUNT RATES have been lowered following the latest rate cut from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and as part of the central bank’s additional regulatory relief for financial institutions due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.

BSP slashes rates to counter virus

THE Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) fired a widely expected rate cut on Thursday to shield the economy against the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, joining central banks around the world that have eased to help boost activity amid an expected slowdown.

Bangko Sentral net income slips at end-November

THE CENTRAL BANK’S net profit as of November slipped compared to the previous year as gains from currency fluctuations decreased.

Fresh RRR cut to boost lending, economy

THE SURPRISE reserve requirement ratio (RRR) cut announced on Thursday by the central bank will free up more funds for loans, which can help boost the economy, according to Bankers Association of the Philippines (BAP) and Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) President Cezar P. Consing.

Banks maintain credit standards in third quarter

MOST BANKS kept their overall lending standards untouched for both enterprises and households, a central bank survey found.

Yields on term deposits up on government spending boost

YIELDS on term deposits slightly recovered on Wednesday amid improved government spending and market anticipation for yet another rate cut from the US Federal Reserve.

TDF yields decline on inflation outlook

YIELDS on term deposits continued to decrease on Wednesday on expectations of slower October inflation and following the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) downgraded economic growth outlook for the country.

TDF yields down on hints of fresh RRR cut

YIELDS ON term deposits continued to decline on Wednesday on the back of slower inflation and chances of another cut in banks’ reserve requirement ratios (RRR).

BSP likely to cut policy rates this month

TARLAC — The central bank will cut benchmark interest rates as early as this month, with the regulator also studying when to implement further reductions to lenders’ reserve ratios.

BSP to move currency production facility to New Clark City

TARLAC — The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas will be transferring its currency production facility to New Clark City (NCC) as part of efforts to boost production of notes and in line with its continuity plan for operations in case of natural disasters.

PHL balance of payments position reverts to surplus in Q2

THE country’s balance of payments (BoP) — which shows the Philippines’ economic transactions with the world for a certain time frame — reverted to a surplus in the second quarter, on the back of the narrowing of the current account deficit in the period, as well as continued net inflows in the financial account.

Liquidity, lending growth pick up in July

MONEY SUPPLY growth quickened slightly in July even as demand for credit weakened, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reported on Tuesday.

Faster spending, consumption to boost economic growth

FASTER state spending, slower inflation and robust overseas remittances are seen to boost economic growth this semester, according to the latest joint assessment by the First Metro Investment Corp. (FMIC) and the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P).

Bill seeks regulation of ATM transaction fees

THE Bayan Muna Party-list has refiled a bill regulating fees and charges on transactions done via automated teller machines (ATM).

Rediscount loans go up

BANKS CONTINUED to take out loans from the central bank’s rediscount window in July, with the credit going to commercial, production and other transactions.

Inflation eases in Q2, seen slowing further

THE BANGKO SENTRAL ng Pilipinas (BSP) said inflation settled at the midpoint of its target band in the second quarter, driven by improved domestic food supply conditions.

Banks keep lending standards steady in Q2

MOST BANKS kept their lending criteria little changed in the second quarter, results of a central bank survey showed.

Inflation slowest in almost two years in June

INFLATION eased in June to post its slowest reading in almost two years, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported on Friday, giving more room for the central bank to continue loosening monetary policy.

Reserves climb for eighth straight month in June

GROSS international reserves climbed for the eighth straight month in June, the central bank reported Friday.

Liquidity, bank lending growth ease in May

MONEY SUPPLY growth eased in May due to lower demand for credit, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reported Friday.

BSP releases banknotes with Diokno’s signature

THE Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) launched on Wednesday banknotes bearing the signature of central bank chief Benjamin E. Diokno.

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Foreign direct investments climb in February

FOREIGN DIRECT investments (FDI) climbed in February on investor optimism over the country’s growth prospects and fundamentals, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reported on Friday.

BSP to look at growth as it considers further rate cuts

THE COUNTRY’S economic outlook and the peso’s stability will be the key deciding factors for the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) in further cutting its policy rates and reducing banks’ reserve requirement, think tank Fitch Solutions said in an analysis.

Yields on one-week term deposits drop

YIELDS on the one-week term deposits eased on Wednesday as the central bank lowered the volume of its facility to a record low.

Risks to inflation “evenly balanced”

INFLATION RISKS are seen “evenly balanced” this year, even with the rise in prices expected to settle firmly within the government’s target, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said.

Reserves climb further in March

GROSS international reserves (GIR) rose further in March for the fifth straight month, the central bank said on Friday, enjoying a boost from higher dollar deposits and income from offshore investments.

BSP signs currency settlement deals with ASEAN central banks

THE BANGKO SENTRAL ng Pilipinas (BSP) has forged agreements with the central banks of Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand as they look to set up direct settlement systems across currencies.