The Market Call | October 2020

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Macroeconomy Q3-2020 GDP will decline but in single-digits. We expect the industrial sector to lead the nascent recovery in the following months as the government continues to relax quarantine restrictions. The construction sector, powered by infrastructure spending and private residential demand, should lead the upswing, while manufacturing should improve albeit at a slower pace. Inflation will remain steady for the... Read More

The Market Call | August 2020

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Macroeconomy The PH economy will likely improve in Q4 as relaxation of strict quarantine measures kick in by mid-August. Month-on-month (m-o-m) pluses surfaced for manufacturing, capital goods imports, exports and construction, and should gain traction for the rest of the year. OFW remittances returned to positive growth in June. NG spending will increase especially for infrastructure and health. The Philippine... Read More

The Market Call | July 2020

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Macroeconomy Despite gradual relaxation of quarantine restrictions, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ (BSP) past moves to infuse more liquidity into the banking sector (and more bank lending) allow more gains in manufacturing and construction production as evidenced by the acceleration in PMI. NG spending should also pick up pace starting Q3 with available financing and the likely approval of its P1.3-T... Read More

The Market Call | February 2020

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Macroeconomy The PH economy’s return to fast growth in H2-2020 should be supported by resurgent domestic demand, infrastructure and consumption. COVID-19 and Taal volcano eruption will negatively impact growth especially in Q1. Higher residential and construction of various PPP projects, along with the improvement in manufacturing activities and strong NG spending, should provide the added impetus. Fixed-Income Market BSP’s policy... Read More