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Cheaper insurance, investment products pushed

ARE Filipinos really ready to take on insurance products? An official of BPI-Philam Life Assurance Corp. think so given the country’s rising middle class. But aside from improved capacity of more Filipinos to buy insurance products that have investment components,…

BoI investment pledges hit P273B

The Board of Investments, the country’s leading investment promotion agency, has approved a total of P272.7 billion from January to mid-July 2017. BOI Managing Head and Trade Undersecretary Ceferino Rodolfo told reporters that investment pledges up to mid-July this year…

‘Hot money’ net inflow hits $79.56M

The Philippines posted a net inflow of $79.56 million in foreign portfolio investments in June 2017, which the central bank traced to investors anticipation for the resolution of the Marawi City conflict and approval of proposed tax reforms. Data released…

June auto sales up 14%

The country’s automotive vehicle sales for June 2017 increased by 14.1 percent year-on-year, the joint report of the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines, Inc. and Truck Manufacturers Association stated Thursday. Auto sales for June 2017 reached 37,631 units…

BPO perks stay under tax-reform proposal

Tax incentives currently enjoyed by business process outsourcing companies will stay even in the proposed comprehensive tax reform program of the government. This was the assurance made by the Department of Finance in a recent hearing on the proposed tax…

San Miguel buys Australian bottling firm

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Top Philippine conglomerate San Miguel, best known for its beer brewing business, said on Thursday it had acquired an Australian wine bottling firm as part of its regional expansion. Packaging unit San Miguel Yamamura Packaging International bought Australia's Barossa Bottling…

Tokyo stocks end flat as strong yen pares Fed rally

Tokyo stocks ended flat Thursday as a strong yen pared early gains that have driven Federal Reserve boss Janet Yellen's suggestion that US interest rates could rise gradually. Japanese traders tracked a Wall Street record in the first few hours…

New FINL released by mid-August

Duterte administration’s economic team plans to release the new list of investment activities reserved for Filipinos by middle of next month as the government reviews the foreign investment negative list. In a chance interview with Department of Finance Secretary Carlos…

Phoenix Petroleum’s CSR programs cited

President Rodrigo Duterte recently expressed his gratitude to Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, Inc. for its corporate social responsibility programs. In his speech at the 10th listing anniversary of the company held at the PSE Plaza in Makati City, the President noted…

Gov’t spending, infra outlays surge

The National government spent P261.7 billion in first five months this year, up 20.4 percent from expenditures in the same period last year. This shows that policy reforms for more efficient project implementation have started to gain traction. The encouraging…

Solid jobs report lifts US stocks, dollar

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NEW YORK (AFP) - Wall Street stocks rallied and the dollar advanced Friday following a better-than-expected US jobs report for June, while equities elsewhere were mixed as a tense G20 summit got underway. The US economy added 222,000 jobs last…

JCR keeps Ph investment-grade rating

Sustained strong expansion of the Philippine economy prompted Japan Credit Rating Agency. Ltd to maintain its BBB+ rating, with stable outlook, on the country. JCR’s current rating on the country was first given in July 2015 after the debt rater…

Tokyo stocks down by break, N. Korea in focus

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TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks fell Wednesday morning, slipping below the key 20,000 level as global security concerns spiked after North Korea said it had successfully tested its first rocket capable of striking the United States. Washington confirmed Tuesday that Pyongyang's…

Revision of AMLA, bank secrecy law sought

The Bangko Sentral has a new governor in the person of Nestor Espenilla, Jr. During Monday’s turn over ceremony, Espenilla said he wants to strengthen the Anti-Money Laundering Act to prevent funding for terrorism. As the new leader of the…

Sell-off in technology firms sends Asia markets into reverse

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HONG KONG -- Asian markets reversed early gains Tuesday to sit mostly down in the afternoon as a sell-off in technology shares overshadowed a record close on Wall Street and a rally in energy firms. After surging on years of…
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