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Officials head for Japan to pave way for planned ‘samurai’ bond...

A PHILIPPINE government team will head for Japan this week to present investment opportunities in the country, setting the tone for a planned “samurai” bond sale, the Department of Finance (DoF) said in a statement over the weekend.

No letup for bitcoin as biggest cryptocurrency extends collapse

Bitcoin extended losses, bringing its four-session slide to as much as 20%, as questions mount about whether the world’s biggest cryptocurrency was manipulated during...

DTI preparing rules to implement new ease of doing business law

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has directed involved agencies to fast-track the terms of the new Ease of Doing Business Law of...

FDI pledges drop 37.9% in first quarter

APPROVED foreign investment pledges fell to their lowest level in nearly eight years last quarter in the face of external developments and uncertainties due to planned changes to the corporate income tax and incentives schemes.

Google to hold Asia-wide pitch competition for startups

Selected startups will receive an all-expense-paid trip to China!

British chamber banks on PHL’s new ease-of-doing-business law to attract foreign...

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter The British Chamber of Commerce Philippines (BCCP) on Wednesday, June 6, said it is set to meet with local businessmen...

ECCP to keep urging government to retain fiscal incentives under TRAIN...

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter The European Union (EU) business community in the Philippines on Tuesday, May 29, vowed that they will “continue to strongly...

PIDS cites need for broader transparency in investment negative list

THE PHILIPPINE Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) wants to broaden the level of transparency in the government’s foreign investment negative list to aid prospective foreign investors in making more informed decisions.

Singapore warns eight crypto exchanges as scrutiny increases

Singapore warned eight cryptocurrency exchanges about their activities in the city-state as regulators around the world step up scrutiny of digital-asset trading. The platforms, which...

Indonesia’s stock rout claims another victim: the IPO market

The selloff sweeping the Indonesian market is turning into a spoiler for the local bourse’s goal of listing the most new companies in two...

Bitcoin a shadowy new realm as US weighs security clearances

As the Pentagon struggles to recruit a more tech-savvy workforce, it’s facing the confusion of many an old-timer: What to make of people who...

Foreign direct investments surge by 46% in February

Foreign direct investments (FDI) posted $573 million net inflows in February this year, rising by 46.4% compared to the same period a year ago,...

April pain shows emerging-market risks can no longer be ignored

Complacency’s out, caution’s in. Over the past two-and-a-half years, the rally in emerging markets seemed virtually unstoppable. Money managers brushed aside political and economic risks...

BDO hikes LTNCD offer on strong investor demand

BDO Unibank, Inc. increased the offering of its long-term negotiable certificates of deposit (LTNCD) as it saw strong demand from investors. In a disclosure to...

Swedish firms want in on government’s infrastructure program

SWEDISH FIRMS met with the Department of Finance (DoF) offering their engineering solutions for the Duterte administration's infrastructure build-up. Swedish Ambassador to the Philippines Harald...

PNB raises $300 million from term notes offer

The Philippine National Bank (PNB) has raised $300 million worth of medium-term notes amid overwhelming demand from offshore investors, it said in a disclosure...

While the world cracks down, Japan emerges as a crypto haven

Japan’s emergence as a global center for cryptocurrencies didn’t start with open-minded lawmakers or prescient investments by the country’s financial giants. Instead, it began...

FDIs hit two-month high in January

Foreign direct investments (FDI) surged to a two-month peak in January, the central bank said Tuesday, April 10, with inflows expected to keep rising...

Dominguez urges Swiss investors to invest in the Philippines

THE DEPARTMENT of Finance (DoF) has invited Swiss businessmen to set up shop in the Philippines as the Duterte administration pursues more reforms to...

Top US regulator frets crypto markets could be full of manipulation

Add a top U.S. financial regulator to the list of people concerned that lightly policed cryptocurrency markets make easy targets for manipulators. Warding off market...

Gold rallies as trade-war risks fire up demand

Gold’s sizzling. Investors pushed prices of the haven higher as the U.S. and China exchanged blows on trade, and President Donald Trump installed the...

Fed seen sticking with three 2018 rate hikes, may hint at...

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell and his colleagues will end up raising interest rates four times this year, but are unlikely to signal that...

China pledges action on tech transfer as Trump plans tariffs

China made further promises to protect the intellectual property of foreigners investing in its economy, addressing a long-standing grievance as U.S. President Donald Trump...

FDIs hit record high in 2017, surpass BSP forecast

Foreign direct investments (FDIs) to the Philippines hit a record high in 2017, breaching the central bank's forecast by a fourth. FDIs totaled $10.05 billion...

PSE can bring down broker ownership in March

THE Philippine Stock Exchange, Inc. (PSE) is confident it will finally be able to bring down broker ownership in the bourse to less than...

Market volatility can’t absorb MPO increase — SEC chief

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) plans to raise the minimum public ownership (MPO) of publicly listed companies by the end of 2018, but...

Competition body readies more rules

By Krista A. M. Montealegre National Correspondent THE PHILIPPINE Competition Commission (PCC) plans to raise by June the threshold for deals that require regulatory approval as...

Duterte’s building boom may be expats’ ticket home

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte’s plan to supercharge growth with a $180-billion infrastructure program is running into a roadblock: a lot of the people he...

Business looks southward even as reality hits home

By Krista A. M. Montealegre National Correspondent THE RISE to power of President Rodrigo R. Duterte fuelled hopes of finally ending decades of insurgency in Mindanao...

PHL net liability position expands in third quarter

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez, Senior Reporter HIGHER INVESTMENT inflows drove the country’s net external liability position to widen further during the third quarter of 2017,...

Higher taxes seen to make PSE less competitive

By Arra B. Francia, Reporter FOREIGN INVESTORS may lose their interest in the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) once it raises stock transaction taxes (STT) in...

BSP studying applications from players eyeing to set up virtual currency...

THE Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is evaluating 12 applications from new players looking to set up virtual currency exchanges in the country amid...

China Jan.-Oct. outbound investment falls amid crackdown

BEIJING — China’s non-financial outbound direct investment from January to October fell 40.9% year on year to $86.31 billion, the Ministry of Commerce said...

The Philippines looks to foreign investment to liberalize trade

With an eye on reversing a dip in foreign direct investment (FDI), the Philippines has proposed a series of reforms aimed at increasing trade...

Fund managers far less giddy about SE Asia

SINGAPORE -- Southeast Asia is on track to receive less than half the private capital it lured from fund managers in 2016. Investment across the...

Europe’s biggest fund sticks to top EM bet

BANGKOK/SINGAPORE -- Policy normalization at some of the world’s biggest central banks may have some emerging-market (EM) investors nervous, but Europe’s largest fund manager...

China’s biggest exchange wants more deals with foreign peers

SHANGHAI -- Shanghai Stock Exchange outlined plans for closer links with other national markets, taking further steps to enact President Xi Jinping’s policy to...

Start-ups transforming business landscape in the Philippines

By Krista Angela M. Montealegre National Correspondent THE START-UP ecosystem is blossoming in the Philippines, and conglomerates may be just what they need for their lift-off. A...

Chinese firms considering to locate in PHL

CHINESE electronic firms have expressed interest in locating in Philippine economic zones, the country’s top development planner said following their investment road show in...

Davao delegation in Japan for tourism, investment road show

A TEAM from the Davao City government and private sector representatives are in Japan this week to make a pitch for increased Japanese tourists...

Origin of mutual fund

Mutual funds have become a popular investment vehicle for first-time and seasoned investors alike. Its diversified nature that provides lower risk of loss has opened...

Economic team moves to stir US interest

ECONOMIC MANAGERS of President Rodrigo R. Duterte have made an investment pitch in New York, telling American investors to be part of the Philippines’...

September inflows fail to lift hot money year to date —...

MORE foreign funds entered the country in September as investors saw the first of up to five tax reform packages -- lynchpin of an...

Consumer picks lure investment firms

By Krista A. M. Montealegre, National Correspondent PRIVATE EQUITY firms still consider the Philippines a preferred destination in Asia despite a backdrop of declining foreign...

July flows worsen FDIs’ year-to-date fall

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez Senior Reporter NET foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows fell for the first time in three months in July to the smallest...