Bangko Sentral Ng Pilipinas

Sharp Equity Declines but Mixed Dollar

August 20, 2020

The U.S. equity market correction triggered by downbeat FOMC minutes released yesterday afternoon set the tone for overnight losses in European and Asian markets where bourses tumbled 3.7% in South Korea and 3.3% in Taiwan and by at least 1.0% in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, India, Germany, France, Italy, U.K., and Spain. Indonesia’s market did […] More

Fourth Filipino Central Bank Rate Cut of 2020

June 25, 2020

At the Central Bank of The Philippines, the key overnight reverse repo rate was reduced by 50 basis points to 2.25%. Such had been also cut by a half percentage point in both March and April and by 25 basis points back in February. Officials released a statement, identifying a deterioration in global GDP conditions […] More

Distress Persists that Runaway U.S. Outbreak Will Constrain Recovery

June 25, 2020

America’s bad Covid-19 numbers continue to dominate world financial markets this Thursday. China, Hong Kong and Taiwan are closed for the Dragon Boat Festival, but in other stock markets in the Pacific Rim, share prices closed with losses of 2.5% in Australia, 2.3% in South Korea, 1.5% in Singapore, 1.4% in Indonesia and 1.2% in […] More

Another Filipino Central Bank Interest Rate Cut

April 16, 2020

The central bank in the Philippines implemented a third interest rate cut since early February, reducing its policy rate by 50 basis points after an unscheduled meeting to 2.75%. Earlier cuts of 50 basis points and 25 bps were made on March 19 and February 6. The Monetary Board took today’s action to strongly encourage […] More

Dollar Extends Rise Amid Pandemic-Related Uncertainty

April 16, 2020

Overnight dollar gains prior to today’s report on U.S. new jobless insurance claims range from 1.0% versus the peso, 0.5% against sterling, 0.4% relative to the Australian dollar, 0.3% versus the euro and kiwi, 0.2% against the Swiss franc, and 0.1% relative to the yen, yuan, and loonie. In futures trading, the 10-year U.S. Treasury […] More

Filipino Monetary Easing

March 19, 2020

At Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, the policy interest rate of the Philippines was cut to 3.25% today from 3.75%. That increment of reduction doubles the previous easing done in February and brings the total cut since May 2019 to 125 basis points.  Inflation is firmly anchored within the central bank target of 2-4% according to […] More

Rate Cut in the Philippines

February 6, 2020

Also as had been anticipated by analysts, the Filipino reverse repo rate was cut 25 basis points to 3.75%. Such is the fourth such reduction since last May and the first change since September. Inflation has risen to 2.9%, but that is still just in the middle of the central bank’s target of 2-4%. “the […] More

Central Banks, Economic Data Surprises, and British Voters in the News This Thursday

December 12, 2019

Polls in Britain’s parliamentary election today will close at 22:00 GMT 17:00 EST. The fate of Brexit is at stake. U.S. producer prices stayed unchanged in November, defying expectations of an increase and leaving the 12-month  increase at 1.1%. An even bigger surprise was a leap in new jobless insurance claims last week to 252k, […] More

Watching Impeachment Developments and Digesting Data

September 26, 2019

The dollar fell overnight by 0.5% against the kiwi, 0.4% relative to the Aussie dollar, and 0.1% versus the yen and loonie, but it also rose 0.2% against sterling and the euro as well as 0.3% vis-a-vis the Swiss franc. The yuan and peso are unchanged. Wednesday’s rebound in U.S. share prices carried over into […] More

More Central Banks Cut Interest Rates, Persistent Trade Tensions, and Lower Inflation

August 8, 2019

Central bank interest rates were cut by 25 basis points today in the Philippines and  Serbia. Earlier this week, rates had been reduced by central banks in India (35 bps), Thailand (25 bps), and New Zealand (50 bps).  The common thread in these moves is the trade war unleashed by U.S. President Trump, the weaker […] More

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