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House bill pushes for lower income tax rates

Deputy Majority Leader and Valenzuela City Rep. Magtanggol Gunigundo FILE PHOTO/congress.gov.ph

The country’s individual wage earners may celebrate their Fridays with more money if a bill that seeks to lower the income tax rate becomes a law.

Posted: March 25th, 2014 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

More women rising to executive posts in PH firms–study

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Members of the Women in Construction Foundation Inc. The Philippines still leads Asian countries in reducing inequality between men and women, according to the 2012 Global Gender Gap rankings of the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Women are gaining more influence in the corporate boardrooms of the Philippines than in most other places in the world, making the country the third highest employer of senior female executives globally.

Posted: March 10th, 2014 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

NY Life Insurance aims to capture Fil-Am market in SF Bay Area

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Screengrab from New York Life Insurance Co. website

One of the leading life insurers in the United States is campaigning to become the preferred provider of life insurance to the Filipino-American community in the Bay Area.

Posted: October 28th, 2013 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Lawyers question SEC’s liberal rules on foreign ownership in key industries

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The Supreme Court building in Manila. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The heir of human rights lawyer Wilson Gamboa and several lawyers asked the Supreme Court on Tuesday to declare as “unconstitutional” the liberal framework drafted by the Securities and Exchange Commission on foreign ownership in key industries like utilities.

Posted: July 30th, 2013 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Top CEOs bullish on Philippines

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A Filipino trader blows a horn during the last day of trading this year at the Philippine Stock Exchange in the financial district of Makati on Dec. 28, 2012. 2012 is claimed to be one of the best years ever for the Philippine economy, with the GDP expected to surpass 5 to 6 percent and the stock market ending the year on its 38th record high.  AP/AARON FAVILA

The year 2012 is claimed to be one of the best years ever for the Philippine economy, with the gross domestic product expected to surpass the government’s target of 5 to 6 percent and the stock market ending the year on its 38th record high, making it the second-best performing market in Asia behind Thailand.

Posted: December 30th, 2012 in Latest Business Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

19 firms still below PSE’s minimum public float 2 weeks before deadline

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While inclement weather continued to sideline Philippine markets, Asian emerging markets are likewise battling a “storm” arising from a capital flight to developed markets in anticipation of the US Federal Reserve’s tapering of its easy money policy. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

With two weeks to go before the ultimate deadline, 19 listed companies are still below the 10-percent minimum public ownership required for continued listing on the Philippine Stock Exchange.

Posted: December 19th, 2012 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Strict stock ownership review

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The recent ruling of the Supreme Court in the case of “Wilson Gamboa vs Finance Secretary Teves et al.” has blurred the distinction between “legal ownership” and “beneficial ownership” as far as stocks in partially nationalized industries are concerned.

Posted: November 1st, 2012 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Massive PH liquidity offers rare chance for firms

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Local corporations are facing a rare opportunity to raise funds—whether on the debt or equity side of their balance sheets—at fairly low costs, while would-be investors in these corporate issues face an equally rare chance to receive better returns amid an environment of muted risk.

Posted: September 3rd, 2012 in Headlines | Read More »

Changes in registration rules

Three changes in registration procedures were adopted recently by the Securities and Exchange Commission to expedite the registration of corporations and the amendment of articles of incorporation.

Posted: August 3rd, 2012 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Excess corporate profits

If you were president of a company that has $98 billion (roughly P4.2 trillion) in cash and securities, what will you recommend your board of directors do with that wealth?

Posted: March 23rd, 2012 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Corporate bond issuances down 14%

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Bond issuances remained a major source of funds for corporate entities in the first 11 months of 2011, but companies sold less fixed-income securities during the period compared with the previous year as they tried to raise more cash via sale of equities.

Posted: February 20th, 2012 in Headlines | Read More »

Dissolution of corporations

Last week, the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona touched on, among others, the issue of whether a corporation whose registration has been revoked by the Securities and Exchange Commission can still lend money to third parties.

Posted: February 9th, 2012 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

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