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Complement, not compete: Fintech and the road to a cash-lite Philippines

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez, Senior Reporter For decades, banks have been the kings of the financial system. And they remain dominant to this day. After all,...

Blockchain and Bitcoins: More than a trading opportunity

By Mark T. Amoguis, Researcher IMAGINE this: What if someone invented a currency that is free from any government scrutiny, that is accessible to all,...

ING Bank: Expanding presence in the PHL capital market since 1990

SINCE SETTING UP shop in 1990 as a representative office, ING Bank has always believed in the country’s growth potential. With the Philippine economy...

More capital-raising activities expected in 2018

CAPITAL RAISING in the Philippines is seen to increase this year as companies continue to tap investment banks in building their war chests. Capital raising,...

Risks ahead for financial markets in 2018

THE LAST THREE MONTHS of 2017 were, for the most part, a good quarter for local financial markets amid strong economic growth, stock market...

Analysts on banks’ stocks: Aggressive purchase and hold at current levels

By Carmina Angelica V. Olano THE GROWTH of banking stocks during the quarter accelerated, an uptrend which analysts attribute to lenders’ impressive corporate earnings. For...

DBP: No longer just a development bank

By Jochebed B. Gonzales, Senior Researcher WHILE competition in the banking sector is just starting to heat up, the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), may...

Gearing up versus the goliaths

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez, Senior Reporter PHILIPPINE BANKS may be easily dwarfed by other Southeast Asian lenders in size. But what they lack in scale,...

Weak peso? No problem for banks

JUST IN TIME for the holidays, Filipinos working overseas will be sending their hard-earned money back home to their families. Given a “weaker” peso...

Domestic news lifts local financial markets

By Christine Joyce S. Castañeda, Senior Researcher LOCAL financial markets performed well for the most part in the third quarter, buoyed by positive news at home...

Outlook still rosy for bank stocks despite slowdown

GROWTH in banking stocks this quarter slowed down compared to the preceding quarter albeit still on a par with expectations, analysts said. They also...