PH dollar reserves rise for sixth straight month | Inquirer Business

PH dollar reserves rise for sixth straight month

By: - Business News Editor / @daxinq
/ 04:21 PM May 07, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — Foreign currency inflows nudged the Philippine dollar reserves higher in April, marking its sixth straight month of increases, the central bank said on Friday — a development that bodes well for the strength of the peso and industries that buy raw and intermediate materials from abroad.

In a statement, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Benjamin Diokno said preliminary data showed that the country’s gross international reserves rose to $83.96 billion as of end-April 2019 from $83.61 billion as of end-March 2019.

“The month-on-month increase in the gross international reserve level was due mainly to inflows arising from the BSP’s foreign exchange operations, the national government’s net foreign currency deposits and BSP’s income from its investments abroad,” he said.


This increase in reserves was tempered partially by payments made by the national government for servicing its foreign exchange obligations as well as revaluation losses from the BSP’s gold holdings, resulting from the decrease in the price of gold in the international market.


Diokno said the end-April 2019 dollar reserve level “serves as an ample external liquidity buffer” and is equivalent to 7.4 months’ worth of imports of goods and payments of services and primary income.

It is also equivalent to five times the country’s short-term external debt based on original maturity and 3.5 times based on residual maturity.

Net international reserves — which refers to the difference between the BSP’s gross reserves and total short-term liabilities — likewise increased by $340 million to $83.94 billion as of end-April 2019 from the end-March 2019 level of $83.6 billion.

At its lowest level in October last year, the country’s dollar reserves dipped to $74.7 billion, reversing only after the central bank completed its aggressive string of anti-inflation interest rate hikes, thus making peso-denominated assets attractive once more for investors and fund managers.  /muf

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