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Fund Fact Sheets – January 22, 2016

Fund Fact Sheets for January 22, 2016




FMIC: Peso set to lose more value in 2016

Originally aired: FMIC: Peso set to lose more value in 2016. Headline News. CNN Philippines. January 7, 2016, 8:21 AM (PHT).

BSP rate hike predictions

Originally aired: BSP rate hike predictions. F1RST UP. BloombergTV Philippines. January 11, 2016, 7:50 AM (PHT).

Market Views: Analysts expect at least 6 percent GDP growth this year

Originally aired: Analysts expect at least 6% GDP growth this year. Business Nightly hosted by Cathy Yang. ANC. January 6, 2016, 10:11 PM (PHT).

Upcoming Davao Seminar – January 28, 2016

Seminar - Davao

Date: January 28, 2016
Venue:  First Metro Investors Center Davao. G/F Hotel UNO Bldg., C.M Recto St., Davao City
Time:  530PM to 7PM
Seats:  Maximum Seats 25
Contact Details: Landline 082-2939354; Mobile Jane (0939-80584312)

Attendance is free but seats are limited! Book your seats today at:

Fund Fact Sheets – January 15, 2016

Fund Fact Sheets for January 15, 2016




Upcoming January and February Seminar Schedules – Binondo

2016-01-06 - Seminar - BinondoTopic: How to Save for Your Future- a mutual fund presentation

Dates and Times:

January 21 (3pm- 5pm)
January 28 (3pm- 5pm)
February 4 (3pm- 5pm)
February 11 (3pm- 5pm)
February 18 (3pm- 5pm)
February 25 (3pm- 5pm)

Please contact our Binondo Office at 02-241-4301 for questions!
Attendance is free but seats are limited! Book your seats today at:

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Fund Fact Sheets – January 8, 2016

Fund Fact Sheets for January 8, 2016




First Metro Economic & Capital Markets Briefing 2016 Presentations

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Date: January 7, 2016

Venue: Makati Shangri-La Hotel




First Metro Investment Corporation expects the Philippine economy to sustain moderate growth in 2016.

The country’s GDP is projected to expand by 6-6.5% underpinned by sound macroeconomic fundamentals, robust domestic consumption fueled by OFW remittances and the continuously growing BPO sector, stable Philippine peso weighed against other currencies in the region, persisting moderate inflation and declining oil prices.

First Metro president Rabboni Francis Arjonillo said, “Our outlook for the Philippines remains optimistic but guarded due to some uncertainties in the local financial markets and global economic weakness. The country’s economic performance will still be among the highest in the region. The faster implementation of public infrastructure projects, continuing private construction, strong domestic consumer demand, heightened election-related spending, and better exports will provide boost to GDP growth in 2016.”

A moderate inflation environment will persist as prices of rice and other major food items remain stable along with declining fuel price. Inflation is seen to average at 2.5%, still within the government’s target of 2.4%; despite the effects of El Niño in agricultural output, which will be cushioned by lower oil price in the world market and large importation of rice.

OFW remittances is expected to slow down to 0-2% as oil producing countries suffer from budget deficit due to declining oil price. Nonetheless, the demand for skilled manpower overseas will remain steady.

Exports are projected to pick up to 5-8% as the US economy continues to recover while imports are likely to grow 2-5%.

The US dollar will further strengthen as a result of an improving US economy. The Philippine peso is estimated to trade within 48-49 against the dollar.

In the fixed income market, foreign exchange, inflation, and money supply will continue to impact interest rates movement. Bond rates are projected as follows: 5-year at 3.75-4.25%, 10-year at 4.25-4.75%, and 20-year at 5.25-5.75%.


Infrastructure spending is projected to grow 4.5-5% on expectation of smooth and faster implementation of big ticket PPP projects.


In equities, corporate earnings are expected to grow 13.8%. The PSEi is likely to hit a high of 7,500 in 2016 with EPS growth of 13% and price earnings (PE) ratio of 18x. Sectors seen to lead the index are holding companies/conglomerates, consumer/retail and banking. There are pockets of opportunities in the property sector but growth is projected to be generally moderate.


A cautious capital markets will be evident in 2016. Capital-raising may accelerate in the second half of the year as issuers await the results of the May elections. The rise of mid-tier names in cross border acquisitions is also foreseen. A number of project finance transactions are likewise in the pipeline and expected to close within the year. In equities, bite-sized companies will continue to tap the market to raise capital.


“The Philippine economy will remain healthy in 2016 but we must learn from our experience in 2015. We predicted a very strong growth in almost all sectors in 2015, but there were internal and external developments as well as long standing structural constraints that kept our growth rate closer to the ground. Global growth continued to be anemic, infrastructure developments coupled with government underspending were disappointing, FDI growth was still the slowest in the region, structural problems and inefficiencies in agriculture were a drag as well. We remain optimistic but guarded, more reserved, and more attentive to local and international developments that seem to hold back the Philippines from taking off as we have hoped in the past year or years,” said First Metro chairman Francisco Sebastian.

Slide presentations can be downloaded here:

Upcoming Seminar – Davao – January 15, 2016

2016-01-06 - Seminar - Davao

Venue: First Metro Investors Center Davao. G/F Hotel UNO Bldg., C.M Recto St., Davao City
Time: 530PM to 7PM
Seats: Maximum Seats 25

Attendance is free but seats are limited! Please contact Jane at 0939-805-4312 or visit: Eventbrite - Davao Seminar - HOW TO SAVE FOR YOUR FUTURE AND MUTUAL FUND PRESENTATION

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