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BSP steadies policy despite inflation

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez Senior Reporter THE BANGKO SENTRAL ng Pilipinas (BSP) stood pat on borrowing rates on Thursday despite mounting expectations of a hike,...

BSP holds interest rate as inflation seen in target

The Philippine central bank left its benchmark interest rate at a record low as it forecast inflation will remain inside the target band this...

Fed seen sticking with three 2018 rate hikes, may hint at...

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell and his colleagues will end up raising interest rates four times this year, but are unlikely to signal that...

Yellen says gradual Fed rate hikes needed to prevent overheating

Former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said higher interest rates will be needed to keep the U.S. economy from overheating, though the pace must...

Peso inches up as investors await Fed decision, BSP policy meeting

The peso strengthened slightly against the dollar on Tuesday, March 20, as investors stayed on the sidelines ahead of the monetary policy meetings of...

Powell’s Federal Reserve to show policy caution, shun political friction

WASHINGTON -- Jerome Powell heads for his first interest rate increase as Federal Reserve Chairman this week with an unanswered question looming above others:...

Airbnb says willing to work with Davao City government over policy

DAVAO CITY -- Airbnb, Inc. has clarified that it is willing to work with the city government here in addressing concerns on the implementation...

PSEi barely moves as investors sit on sidelines ahead of BSP,...

Shares ended flat on Monday, March 19, as investors chose to stay on the sidelines ahead of policy meetings by the local central bank...

Local stocks end flat ahead of Fed policy review

SHARES ended flat on Monday as investors chose to stay on the sidelines ahead of policy meetings by the local central bank and the...

Rate hike creeps into policy expectations

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez Senior Reporter THE Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) could keep policy rates steady at the meeting this week of its Monetary...

BSP unlikely to hike rates despite pickup in inflation

ING BANK N.V. and Capital Economics said the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is unlikely to hike interest rates even as inflation continued to...

ING sees policy rates steady ahead of BSP meeting

ING Bank N.V. said it expects the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) to keep its monetary policy steady even as inflation picked up in...

Infrastructure spending seen sustained in 2018

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez Senior Reporter ROBUST public spending is expected to be sustained this year following strong growth in 2017, analysts said, though they...

PSEi falls after Fed chair signals more rate hikes ahead

Local equities dropped on Wednesday, Feb. 28, in light of hawkish comments from the United States Federal Reserve, indicating more than three rate hikes...

Growth amidst volatility

BusinessWorld hosts Stock Market Roundtable 2018 By Bjorn Biel M. Beltran, Special Features Writer The Philippine economy is undergoing great changes. The Duterte administration has begun to...

Analysts on banks’ stocks: Aggressive purchase and hold at current levels

By Carmina Angelica V. Olano THE GROWTH of banking stocks during the quarter accelerated, an uptrend which analysts attribute to lenders’ impressive corporate earnings. For...

Fed resists upgrading long-run growth outlook after tax cuts

Federal Reserve officials are showing surprise at just how much the recently-enacted tax cuts are boosting the U.S. economy. But they’re still not impressed...

Central bank likely to raise policy rates in March

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez, Senior Reporter THERE is little room for the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) to keep interest rates steady as inflation...

Powell era arrives as Fed pace looks ripe for rethink

WASHINGTON -- The American labor market is sizzling, inflation more broadly in the US looks like it’s perking up and even a decade-long global...

Economists say hawkish-tilting Fed could move rates quicker

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve likely will leave the benchmark US interest rate untouched this week, but economists say the changing composition of the...

Poll: Monetary policy stable as year ends

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez Senior Reporter THE CENTRAL BANK will likely maintain policy settings when it meets on Thursday as inflation and liquidity remain manageable,...

Inflows to emerging markets stall in fourth quarter — IIF

NEW YORK -- The pace of fund flows to emerging markets has stalled in the fourth quarter, data from a bank lobbying institution show,...

Banks see interest rates rising

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez Senior Reporter INFLATION could hover close to four percent next year on the back of accelerating oil prices and tax-related adjustments,...

Poll bares expectation of faster growth

By Lourdes O. Pilar Researcher ANALYSTS expect the country’s overall economic growth to have stayed above six percent last quarter on the back of strong domestic...

BSP seen trimming RRR before policy rate tweaks

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez, Senior Reporter THE Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) will likely tweak reserve requirements imposed on banks before adjusting policy rates, an...

BSP affirms rates, ups 2018 inflation view

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez Senior Reporter THE BANGKO SENTRAL ng Pilipinas (BSP) kept interest rates steady yesterday with inflation in check and economic activity still...

Interest rate increases on the horizon as Southeast Asia debates Fed...

MANILA/BANGKOK -- For Southeast Asian central banks, monetary policy tightening is coming, but just not yet. Economists say Thailand, the Philippines, and Malaysia will hold...

IMF flags sources of domestic risk

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez Senior Reporter THE CENTRAL BANK should be ready to deploy its tools to temper rapid credit growth in the Philippines, the...

Yellen’s bequest: a healthy economy and questions over Fed’s future policy

WASHINGTON -- US Federal Reserve Governor Jerome Powell will inherit healthy economic growth and a consensus on monetary policy at least for the next...

Fed sees ‘widespread labor tightness’

THE US ECONOMY picked up steam with only modest inflation from September through early October, as some companies expected a tight labor market would...

7-8% GDP growth goal ‘attainable’ — BSP chief

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez Senior Reporter THE GOVERNMENT’s ambitious growth target remains doable despite falling short of expectations last semester, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas...

Central bank says tax reform won’t require policy response

THE PHILIPPINES’ plan to overhaul its tax system will have only a modest inflationary impact and will not need a monetary policy response, said...

Inflation rising but policy steady — poll

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez Senior Reporter PRICES of basic goods and services likely rose faster in September, led by higher food, oil, and utility costs,...

New BSP moves to help avert bubbles

CLOSER OVERSIGHT by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ (BSP) of two sectors with “strong loan growth” will boost its capability to detect “blind spots”...

Pressure rising for rate hike

THE TIME will soon be ripe for normalization of policy interest rates, according to analyses released yesterday. Fitch Group’s BMI Research said it still expects...

Rate hike to be delayed as inflation remains contained

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez, Senior Reporter CHANCES of a rate hike from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) within the year are diminishing, analysts...

BSP to maintain rates — economists

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez Senior Reporter THE BANGKO SENTRAL ng Pilipinas (BSP) is widely expected to keep policy rates unchanged at its meeting this week,...

Philippine bond market size up 10.2% at end-June despite rising yields...

LOCAL currency bond issuances in the Philippines rose by an annual 10.2% at end-June, driven by the government’s retail bond offering together with strong...

Poll: Aug. inflation could be 3-month top

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez Senior Reporter THE OVERALL HIKE in prices of widely used goods and services could have quickened in August to its fastest...

Fed likely to see little change in economy, policy course after...

WASHINGTON -- The economic fallout from Hurricane Harvey will make the Federal Reserve’s job more difficult when it meets in three weeks, but US...

Fed signals good for the Philippines — Guinigundo

THE FEDERAL RESERVE’s decision this week to keep rates steady and to trim its massive bond holdings “soon” signals confidence in the US economy’s...

Fed now faces prospect of global tightening

WASHINGTON -- Prospects for tighter monetary policy in Europe and other countries could pose a fresh problem for the Federal Reserve when it meets...