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Are you ready to grrrrrumble?

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Question: I have five years left before I retire. I have time deposit placements that I kept on rolling over for the past five years. Unfortunately, the interest on these time deposit placements has been coming down and it seems that I just end up giving the bank cheap money to borrow. Please help me find a better place where I can invest my money for the next few years or up to the time I retire.—posted on PFA’s “ask a friend, ask Efren” service.

Posted: April 17th, 2014 in Columnists,Headlines,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

PH economy ready for higher rates

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Higher interest rates are not likely to be a substantial drag on the country’s economic growth, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) assured, citing buffers that have been built up over the years.

Posted: April 14th, 2014 in Headlines | Read More »

BSP hints at further monetary tightening

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BSP Governor Amando M. Tetangco Jr.: Room to keep rates low is ‘narrower’. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Monetary conditions are likely to get tighter in the coming months as the central bank remains mindful of rising consumer prices and excess cash that could destabilize the domestic economy.

Posted: April 10th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

ING expects rate hikes this year

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas is seen to further raise the reserve requirement on banks and to hike policy rates within the year to preempt any adverse effects of growing liquidity in the economy.

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 in Headlines | Read More »

BSP tightens policy settings; key rates unchanged

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The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas kept the benchmark overnight borrowing and lending rates at their record lows of 3.5 and 5.5 percent, respectively, on Thursday. INQUIRER.net file photo

Monetary officials started tightening policy settings on Thursday, starting with a hike in deposit reserve requirements for banks amid record growth in the country’s money supply.

Posted: March 28th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

PSEi drops as BSP’s monetary tightening looms

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PSE index as of March 27, 2014, 3:40 PM. Screengrab from http://www.pse.com.ph

The local stock barometer slipped on Thursday ahead of a keenly awaited meeting by the local central bank, which has indicated a bias to shift to a monetary tightening cycle.

Posted: March 27th, 2014 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

PSEi rises over upbeat US consumer report

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The local stock barometer rose slightly on Wednesday as most regional markets were lifted by an upbeat US consumer confidence report.

Posted: March 26th, 2014 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Bangko Sentral seen holding off rate hike

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BSP Governor Amando M. Tetangco Jr.: Room to keep rates low is ‘narrower’. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Monetary officials are expected to more clearly telegraph their next policy move this week to guide market players on how to best place their bets as the US Federal Reserve gradually ends the era of cheap money.

Posted: March 25th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

BSP says ‘early’ interest rate hike ideal

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BSP Governor Amando M. Tetangco Jr.: Room to keep rates low is ‘narrower’. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Philippine central bank has hinted at a hike in benchmark interest rates following the US Federal Reserve’s decision to further reduce its monetary stimulus for the world’s largest economy.

Posted: March 20th, 2014 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

BSP expected to hold off rate hikes

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American financial group JP Morgan sees the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) holding off any increase in key interest rates until the fourth quarter of this year, during which it sees a modest rate hike of 25 percentage points.

Posted: March 7th, 2014 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

BSP keeps key rates steady

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The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) on Thursday kept interest rates at record lows despite a faster-than-expected increase in consumer prices in January.

Posted: February 6th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

Bangko Sentral says policy space ‘narrowing’

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The central bank hinted at an impending tightening of monetary policies for the first time in more than a year, as government data released on Wednesday showed that consumer prices rose by more than the expected rate in January.

Posted: February 6th, 2014 in Headlines | Read More »

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