Banking & Finance

Asean single currency has long way to go

By Jerry Maglunog As the integration of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) is almost here, another proposal that is facing a lot of scrutiny is the single currency similar to the euro in Europe.

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Dutch queen impressed with Philippines’ financial inclusion

By Jerry Maglunog No less than the queen of one of the world’s earliest monarchies has cited the effective national strategy for financial inclusion of the Philippines.

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PIDS: Philippine financial sector most inferior in Asean

By Luis Leoncio The Philippines’ financial sector has a lot of catching up to do to improve its competitiveness and be on a par with the leading members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), according to state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS).

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Banks very rare species in ARMM

The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) which groups Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Tawi-Tawi, Sulu and Maguindanao, has the smallest bank representation in the country, according to Bankers Association of the Philippines (BAP) President Lorenzo Tan.

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DBP bags international award on green financing

State-owned Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) was awarded the prestigious Karlsruhe Sustainable Finance Award for its success in water and forest financing projects at the 2015 Global Sustainable Finance Conference held in Karlsruhe, Germany, on June 11 and 12.

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Government laboring to sell UCPB

By Jerry Maglunog United Coconut Planters Bank (UCPB) may be one of the top unibanks in the country, but the government is having a hard time selling it because of its political baggage. When the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corp.(PDIC) announced last year that the government is selling its 72.2-percent stake in the bank, four unibanks immediately sent their intention to buy the …

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ING: Rise in spending to spur economy in H2

A further rise in government spending for April 2015 is seen to perk up the economy for the rest of the year, an economist at investment bank ING said. ING Bank Manila senior economist Joey Cuyegkeng said they “believe that the trend of accelerated spending would continue.”

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WB exec notes growth becomes more inclusive

The World Bank (WB) has noted that growth in the Philippines is becoming more inclusive. “The Philippines now has achieved macroeconomic stability. It has had high growth rates for quite a number of years and more recently, that’s the important point, it is starting to show the kind of growth which is more inclusive,” WB Philippines lead economist Rogier van …

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NCCA, GSIS deal paves way for Met restoration

By Riza Lozada The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) took custody of the Manila Metropolitan Theater (Met) after the signing of a deed absolute sale with state pension fund Government Service Insurance System (GSIS).

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Banks prepare for yuan as next world currency

By Jerry Maglunog Yuan, the Chinese currency, is set to become a dominant tradable currency in the world like the US dollar and Philippine banks must be ready for this eventuality, Bankers’ Association of the Philippines (BAP) President Lorenzo Tan said.

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