Central Bank of The Philippines

Indonesian and Filipino Central Bank Rate Hikes

November 17, 2022

Bank Indonesia’s policy interest rate underwent its fourth increase since an initial 25-basis point move in August, rising to 5.25% from 4.75%. Hikes in September and October had also been by a half percentage point. In response to the pandemic, five 25-basis point cuts in 2020 were culminated with a final reduction to 3.50% in […] More

Filipino Central Bank Rate Hike

June 23, 2022

At the Central Bank of The Philippines, a policy interest rate hike of 25 basis points to 2.5% matched expectations and followed a similar increase done after May’s policy review. In 2020, the overnight borrowing rate had been halved from 4.0% to 2.0%. Filipino CPI inflation of 5.4% as of May exceeds the 2-4% target […] More

Nothing but Red on the Screens

May 19, 2022

It’s no longer about the data, or the news for that matter. A self-perpetuating technically-driven downward dynamic has taken over financial markets. For the Nasdaq, the bear market threshold was breached a while ago. S&P futures are within a percent of bear market territory, and its only a matter of time before the Dow joins […] More

Stagflationary Outlook Gaining Traction and Western Leaders in Brussels Plan Contingent Plans for Ukraine Crisis

March 24, 2022

The world’s attention today is on Brussels where U.S. President Biden will be meeting with NATO allies, the European Council of political leaders, and Other Group of Seven members. The meetings are meant to coordinate a response to Russia’s continuing invasion of Ukraine, where the use of Russian weapons of mass destruction appears increasingly probable. […] More

Considerable Central Bank News and a Whole Lot More

September 23, 2021

The takeaways from Fed Chairman Powell’s press conference yesterday are that a tapering of Fed bond purchases could begin as soon as right after the next scheduled FOMC meeting and should be drawn down to zero by mid-2022, plus the lift-off date for the fed funds target could occur next year rather than in 2023. […] More

Filipino Central Bank Rate Structure Lowered by 25 Basis Points

August 8, 2019

Monetary officials skipped only one review before resuming their easing. The benchmark rate, which is the reverse repo, was cut by 25 basis points to 4.25%, and the overnight deposit and lending rates were cut to 3.75% and 4.75%, respectively. This is the second reduction in this cycle after an initial one in May. A […] More

50-Basis Point Increase in Filipino Overnight Reverse Repo Central Bank Rate

September 27, 2018

The Monetary Board at Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas raised its key interest rate at a fourth straight scheduled monthly meeting and did so in the face of mounting inflationary risk that has persuaded officials to envisage a higher inflationary path going immediately forward. According to a released statement, today’s 50-basis point rate hike and 100 […] More

Central Bank of The Philippines

May 11, 2017

Officials at Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas left all its interest rates unchanged including the key overnight reverse repo rate, which has been at 3.0% since 25-basis point hikes in July and September of 2014. A released statement projects in-target (2-4%) inflation in both 2017 and 2018, while conceding that higher administered prices and proposed tax reforms […] More

No Changes to Filipino Monetary Policy After Latest Board Meeting

June 25, 2015

Not only did the Monetary Board leave the 4.0% overnight borrowing rate, 6.0% overnight lending rate and reserve requirements unchanged after its latest policy meeting, but it also released a statement that reiterates virtually identically the points summarized in my review of the prior meeting held on May 14.  Officials at Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas […] More

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Retains 4.0% Overnight Borrowing Rate

March 26, 2015

The Filipino Monetary Policy Board engineered its first interest rate hike since May 2011 in July 2014 and followed up that move with a second 25-basis point increase to 4.0% in September 2014.  Those increases reversed half the easing done in 2012.  No changes were done in 2013.  A statement released today after the latest […] More