• Peso hits P50:$1

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    Before closing at P49.98, a new 8-yr low

    EXPECTATIONS of a US Federal Reserve rate hike in December continued to weigh on the Philippine peso, driving the local currency to hit the P50:$1 level in Thursday trade.

    a money exchange  shop employee counts Us dollar notes in Manila on thursday. the Philippine peso fell to its weakest level against the dollar in eight years as it breached the P50 to $1 mark on Nov. 24.   AFP PhOTO   Before

    a money exchange shop employee counts Us dollar notes in Manila on thursday. the Philippine peso fell to its weakest level against the dollar in eight years as it breached the P50 to $1 mark on Nov. 24. AFP PhOTO
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    The peso opened at P49.95 to $1 on the Philippine Dealing System, weakening from Wednesday’s P49.86.

    In the course of the day, it traded between P49.91 and P50.00 against the dollar, then closed at P49.98 – the weakest finish for the peso since the P49.99:$1 close on Nov. 20, 2008.

    The slip confirms analysts’ forecasts that higher US interest rates and heightened political uncertainty in the Philippines could bring the peso down to the P48-to-P50 range by or before the end of the year.

    The “FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) minutes of the November meeting were released yesterday. Many participants expressed the view that it could be appropriate to raise rates relatively soon as long as incoming data and labor market conditions continue to be in line with their objectives,” said Metrobank Research in a note.

    Good or bad?

    Guian Angelo Dumalagan, market economist at the Land Bank, views the depreciation of the peso as generally good for the Philippines, saying it could increase the peso value of remittances by overseas Filipino workers and boost the country’s exports by making Filipino goods cheaper to foreign buyers.

    “All things held constant, it could boost the Philippines’ economic growth by increasing the contribution of consumer spending and net exports to the country’s total output,” Dumalagan said.

    He also explained that while a weaker peso could inflate the local currency value of the country’s external debt, this risk is relatively minimal as the country has enough international reserves to cover its external borrowing.

    “The more important issue, therefore, is not the peso’s depreciation, but the potential negative impact of the protectionist initiatives of the next US president. Mr. [Donald] Trump’s protectionist stance on trade and immigration could potentially limit the country’s external trade transactions and reduce the amount of remittances from Filipinos abroad,” Dumalagan said.

    He said this means that the benefits of a weaker peso to exports and remittances might just be offset by a decline in export and remittance volumes.

    Another economist said while the depreciation of the peso is generally positive for the Philippines, especially for the remittance-and-export sectors, the effect could be offset by the impact of a possible shift in US policies.

    ING Bank Manila senior economist Joey Cuyegkeng said the peso’s weakness is in line with the performance of other Asian currencies as external pressures became more dominant again.

    “These include expectations of not only higher US benchmark policy rate next month but also expectations that 2017 would also see another 50-basis point hike,” he said.

    Cuyegkeng said global markets also remain on edge over the still uncertain shape of US trade and jobs policies and fiscal spending by next year.

    “External risks also include the Brexit negotiations, China growth and leverage concerns and the European Union stability,” he said.

    “We are closely watching developments for now and retain our year-end 2016 P49.50 forecast,” he added.

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    1. It’s not going to end anytime soon, Foreign investors are pulling their money out as fast as they can.
      No one wants to invest in a country where citizens are murdered by the police and no justice exists.

      Let’s see if anything ever changes,

      Arrest the pork barrel thieves still in congress, arrest the Dap fund and the Yolanda fund thieves.
      Do something about the substandard city services, water, electricity and trash.
      Develop a school bus system so the poor can go to school, fund the education system so the students don’t have to pay for every little thing.

      Reform the city planning system so the city planners stop allowing business to open without any parking and stop putting malls and university’s on the main road that cause massive gridlock everyday.

      Clean out the corrupt police agencies.
      Conduct a system audit of the voting machines and jail everyone involved in rigging the election.

      Arrest those responsible for the SAF 44 massacre and the MRT contract scandals

      Do these things and change the direction of the country for once

      or

      Do the usual and pray that god fixes all the problems

    2. As long as the peso devalues this much, you can expect that no foreign investment will come in. As we grow more closer to communist China and Russia, the worst will happen. No western country will put their forèign investment in. Our financial management cannot control the decline. Inflation will definitely kick in which means uncontrollable increase in basic goods like gasoline and all imported products. God bless this nation. When you put your trust on people that do not know, then you are going to be in trouble.

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