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Fitch upgrades PLDT outlook amid improved finances

Aug 31, 2017 - 9:20 PM

The telco s long term local currency issuer default rating LC IDR outlook is raised to stable from negative – a sign of improving financial performance

UPGRADED. The telecommunications giant’s long-term foreign currency issuer default ratings (LC IDR) outlook was raised to stable from negative, Fitch says. This signals continued improvement in its financial performance. Rappler file image

Fitch affirms PH investment grade rating at BBB-

Mar 30, 2017 - 2:10 PM

The rating comes with a positive outlook that indicates an upward trend for credit ratings over a one to two year period

Fitch keeps 'stable' outlook for PH banks in 2017

Dec 13, 2016 - 6:00 PM

Only the Philippines and Vietnam – where economic prospects are brighter – have stable sector outlooks the debt watcher says

WEATHER STORM. Fitch Ratings gives the Philippine banking system a stable 2017 outlook, with domestic demand to remain strong. Image from Shutterstock

Ties with China to fill infra spending gap, pose risk to PPP

Oct 20, 2016 - 8:31 PM

Increased Chinese involvement may have the dual effect of reducing the number of PPP projects in the pipeline and fulfilling plans for a Golden Age of Infrastructure in the Philippines says a research firm

WIN-WIN. BMI Research said sees 'clear incentives' for both countries: China sees befriending the Philippines as a way of reducing the United States' influence in Asia; while the Philippines seeks to gain access to China's generous infrastructure investment packages. Background photo from Wikimedia

P1B fine unlikely to weaken RCBC's financial profile - Fitch

Aug 09, 2016 - 8:45 PM

The P1 billion penalty is the largest ever imposed by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas and is equivalent to about 20 of RCBC s 2015 net income

STABILITY. Fitch Ratings says RCBC will remain financially stable in the medium term despite the lender's involvement in the $81 million Bangladesh Bank heist

No rules, just results: Meet the millennials of Montgomery Fitch

May 27, 2016 - 3:15 PM

The millennial owned and operated creative agency has learned many lessons on its way to success

PH keeps investment grade ratings – for now

May 11, 2016 - 7:30 PM

For now Standard and Poor’s Moody’s and Fitch all keep the country’s credit rating at investment grade as the country prepares for a Duterte presidency

Poll results' impact on ratings not immediate – Fitch

May 10, 2016 - 7:45 PM

The agency does not expect the outcome of the Philippines election to have any immediate impact on the rating or outlook says Sagarika Chandra

Gov't unsatisfied with Fitch's PH credit rating

Apr 08, 2016 - 8:30 PM

The Philippines is still underrated as it outperforms its neighbors in Southeast Asia in terms of economic growth drivers Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima says

UNDERRATED. Financial markets believe the Philippines is much less of a credit risk compared with other countries enjoying higher credit ratings. Image from Shutterstock

Philippines gets credit rating upgrade from NICE

Jan 23, 2016 - 9:54 AM

With this latest credit rating action from NICE Fitch Ratings remains the only agency that assigns the minimum investment grade to the Philippines

UP A NOTCH. The upgrade anchors on improved government transparency and enhanced environment backed by expanded infrastructure

Telstra-San Miguel possible deal has limited impact on telco industry

Nov 20, 2015 - 6:38 PM

Ratings agency Fitch says the joint venture will experience large cash burn given the significant capital outlay and price competition to build a subscriber base

LIMITED IMPACT. With the possible partnership, San Miguel will benefit from Telstra's technology leadership and financial muscle, while Telstra could make the most of the local conglomerate's 700MHz spectrum-frequency.

PH less vulnerable to external shocks – Fitch

Oct 02, 2015 - 7:30 PM

The picture for emerging markets is not uniformly gloomy says Fitch

LESS EXPOSED, Fitch Asia-Pacific Sovereigns Head Andrew Colquhoun said the Philippines, India, and Vietnam are less exposed to the external risks that prompted the debt watcher to lower its global economic growth forecast to 2.3% this year. Photo from EPA

Fitch raises PH outlook to positive

Sep 24, 2015 - 10:24 PM

The Philippines is still underrated as it continues to outperform its single A rated neighbors in Southeast Asia Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima says

POSITIVE. The revised credit outlook and the likely credit rating upgrade from Fitch Ratings are a reflection of what financial markets say all along about the Philippines’ creditworthiness, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima says.

Transparency, ratings agency warn on Malaysia graft 'crisis'

Sep 02, 2015 - 5:40 AM

Malaysia is facing a major corruption crisis graft watchdog Transparency International says as it calls for independent investigations

CORRUPTION CRISIS. Transparency International says Malaysia is facing a major corruption crisis, and the government of Prime Minister Najib Razak must conduct an independent investigation. File photo

Turkey PM forms election government including pro-Kurdish party

Aug 29, 2015 - 9:31 AM

The newly appointed cabinet will not have to undergo a vote of confidence in parliament as required in the constitution The president s approval is considered enough for interim governments

ELECTION GOVERNMENT. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan approves the makeup of the provisional government that will run the country until November 1 elections. File photo by Ilmars Znotins/AFP

Aquino: PH will be 'first-world' within generation if reforms continue

Jul 27, 2015 - 10:00 PM

This is just the beginning you haven’t seen anything yet President Aquino says as he details in his last State of the Nation Address the economic gains under his watch

President Benigno Aquino III delivers his last SONA in the joint session during the 16th congress at the House of Representatives in Quezon City on Monday, July 27, 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PH banks can meet higher capital buffers – Fitch Ratings

Jul 08, 2015 - 5:36 PM

Overall Philippine bank capitalization is relatively robust as several lenders have already boosted their capital requirements

PH gets credit rating upgrade from Japan

Jul 06, 2015 - 6:32 PM

The latest upgrade from Japan Credit Rating Agency is the 22nd positive rating action for the country from international credit rating agencies like S P Moody’s and Fitch

'Invest in PH now' - Gov't, business make pitch to US investors

Jun 29, 2015 - 12:27 AM

The conference is part of a high level 3 city trade mission aimed at encouraging US investment in the country

Globe Telecom forms company for 'new, strategic' businesses

Jun 16, 2015 - 5:08 PM

The creation of a holding company aims to provide more focus on developing and growing new businesses Globe says

NEW COMPANY. Globe's new holding company will house its new and strategic businesses

Can the U23 Azkals bounce back in SEA Games football?

Jun 06, 2015 - 12:58 PM

With two losses in as many games the Philippine U23 football team must find a way to regroup for its last two matches against Myanmar and Indonesia

The U23 Azkals practice for the SEA Games the day before leaving for Singapore. Photo by Bob Guerrero

Azkals drop second straight match in loss to Cambodia

Jun 03, 2015 - 10:44 PM

Paolo Salenga s goal is the only bright spot for the u 23 Azkals as they succumb to Cambodia s superior passing in their second SEA Games outing

Sokpheng Keo of Cambodia celebrates after scoring the 2-0 goal. Cambodia opened their SEA Games campaign with the full 3 points. Screenshot from YouTube

LIVE BLOG: Azkals vs Cambodia - SEA Games 2015

Jun 03, 2015 - 4:46 PM

Live blog of the Azkals vs Cambodia SEA Games football match

Azkals fall to Singapore in SEA Games opener

Jun 01, 2015 - 10:41 PM

A Singapore goal before halftime was the deciding score in the u 23 football showdown

Sheikh Abdul Hadi of Singapore celebrates after scoring the 1-0 goal against the Philippines. Screenshot from YouTube

Security tight for PH-Singapore SEA Games football match

Jun 01, 2015 - 10:18 PM

Police closed down some of the roads surrounding the 6 800 capacity facility prior to the Philippines vs Singapore football match

Othman Sheikh Abdul Hadi of Singapore celebrates after scoring the 1-0 goal against the Philippines. Screenshot from YouTube

Why this Philippine SEA Games football team is special

May 27, 2015 - 3:28 PM

A scheduling conflict affords this side headed to Singapore a once in a generation chance for Philippine bred players to show their stuff internationally

Members of the U23 football team Nathan Alquiros, Richard Talaroc, Ronnie Aguisanda, Fitch Arboleda, Kennedy Uzoka and Neil Dorimon, plus Matthew Asong who wasn’t included in the final roster, take a breather during practice. Photo by Bob Guerrero

Philippine U-23 SEA Games football roster named

May 25, 2015 - 7:26 PM

Twenty men coming from different colleges and soccer clubs will don the Philippine colors in the Under 23 football tournament of the 28th Southeast Asian Games

Former UE Red Warrior Fitch Arboleda (#40) will be part of the team that represents the Philippines at the SEA Games. Photo by Bob Guerrero

PLDT opens 2015 with flat net profit, organizational shakeup

May 05, 2015 - 6:23 PM

UPDATED The Philippines second most valuable listed company says it is on track in meeting its P35 billion core net profit guidance for 2015 with its first quarter performance slightly ahead of expectations

PLDT announces major changes in management as it undergoes a transition phase wherein growth of new businesses continues to outpace performance of legacy segment. File photo by Rappler

Fitch affirms BPI’s investment grade

May 04, 2015 - 8:30 PM

BPI along with BDO and Metrobank are seen to maintain relatively high core capitalization in the medium term

The kids are alright: Meet the U22 'Olympic' Azkals

Mar 21, 2015 - 2:50 AM

The Philippine U22 team embarks for Bangkok with eyes on qualifying for the 2016 AFC U23 championship and the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics

Former UE Red Warrior Fitch Arboleda (#40) and current Stallion player Arnel Amita (#50) are among the young players who will boost the Philippine team. Photo by Bob Guerrero

Fitch affirms Philippines' 'BBB-' rating

Mar 18, 2015 - 12:13 PM

The country s BBB rating is one notch below the rating assigned to the Philippines by Moody’s Investors Service and Standard Poor’s

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Feb 20, 2015 - 4:52 PM

Actress Malin Akerman posted the ad as a throwback post on her Instagram account

Photo from Instagram/@therealmalinakerman

PH deserves a Fitch upgrade – DTI chief

Feb 04, 2015 - 2:51 PM

Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo says the Philippines deserves a Fitch rating upgrade 3 notches higher to investment grade citing stable growth and investor confidence in the country

PH gets another boost from Moody’s

Dec 11, 2014 - 8:34 PM

The credit rating agency ups its investment grade rank for the country to a notch citing stable outlook but warns that the government s growth target for 2014 might be too hard to achieve

Higher capex, lower profit for PLDT, Globe in 2015 – Fitch

Nov 11, 2014 - 6:12 PM

The telecommunication rivals are seen to invest heavily in their fiber networks expansion and cope with fast growing demand for data services says Fitch Ratings

Turkey warns credit agencies over 'political' assessments

Sep 17, 2014 - 12:40 AM

Political risks should not weigh on Turkey s credit rating Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan argues

Palace cites ‘renewed optimism’ on PH business prospects

Sep 03, 2014 - 11:36 AM

Malacañang says the investment grade status obtained by the Philippines from South Korean NICE Ratings is the Philippines 18th positive rating action under the Aquino administration

Malaysian CIMB mega bank merger comes with 'risks' – Fitch

Jul 14, 2014 - 2:29 PM

The proposed merger of CIMB RHB and Malaysia Building Society MBSB is ambitious and will bring inherent challenges and risks for the new banking group amid a complex integration process

LOFTY GOALS. A general view of the CIMB Group Bhd (CIMB) Bank building in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 09 June 2011. Ahmad Yusni/EPA

Fitch affirms US rating at 'AAA', hikes outlook

Mar 21, 2014 - 4:26 PM

Fitch raises its outlook for the world s largest economy to stable in part because of the way the US federal debt limit was suspended in February

A view of the White House in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI

PH economy in 2013: Wins and losses

Jan 01, 2014 - 5:43 PM

Here are the biggest stories about the Philippine economy in 2013 what has been achieved and what else needs to be done

Fitch puts US debt rating on watch for downgrade

Oct 16, 2013 - 11:03 AM

The rating agency has warned US of the downgrade after Congress reached no deal to raise the debt ceiling

The 113th US House of Representatives during opening session at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB

No debt upgrade for PLDT - Moody's

Jul 26, 2013 - 5:58 PM

PH debt upgrade review has no immediate impact on PLDT s debt rating says Moody s

MARKET LEADER. A man checks his mobile phone as he passes the headquarters of the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. at the Makati central business district. AFP Photo

Investment grade from Moody's 'coming soon'

Jul 26, 2013 - 11:07 AM

The 4th credit rating upgrade to investment grade is coming sooner than expected the central bank chief says

Russia hires J.P. Morgan to avoid ratings downgrade

May 24, 2013 - 9:26 PM

Russia hires US investment bank J P Morgan as its consultant to prevent any downgrade of the country s credit rating from the 3 major ratings agencies

NO DOWNGRADE. Russia hires US investment bank J.P. Morgan as its consultant to prevent any downgrade of the country's credit rating from the 3 major ratings agencies. Photo by AFP

Conference tackles implications of PH investment grade

May 23, 2013 - 11:38 PM

Officials from the government and private sector will discuss what precisely the recent upgrade of the Philippine investment credit rating means

Business sentiment soars to record high

May 23, 2013 - 7:01 PM

The investment grade credit ratings from Fitch S P and Japan group cause business sentiment in the Philippines to reach a record high in the 2nd quarter

Philippines vs Indonesia: Which is 'better'?

May 07, 2013 - 6:14 AM

Asia s two rising economic stars go head to head

Which is winning the battle between the two rising economic stars?

More FDIs 6 months after credit upgrades

May 03, 2013 - 5:22 PM

Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo says the investment grade rating from Fitch will translate into job generating investments later this 2013 while S P s will be in 2014

BULLISH. Trade Secretary Domingo expects more job-generating investment inflows in the coming months as the country reaps the rewards of the credit rating upgrade from debt watchers Fitch and S&P. Photo by Aya Lowe

PSEi hits new record after credit upgrade

May 03, 2013 - 10:12 AM

UPDATED For the first time the Philippine Stock Exchange index breaches 7 200 benchmark after debt watcher Standard Poors upgraded the country s credit rating to investment grade

'Investment grade may push peso to undesirable levels'

May 01, 2013 - 5:55 PM

A study projects the peso to increase by 4 to 5 against the US dollar in 2013 on the back of strong capital inflows

ARRESTED APPRECIATION. Authorities may "carry out strong measures" to stall the appreciation of the peso. Photo by AFP