Peso Strengthens

Philippine News publication – JPM

The Philippine Peso closed on Monday at 41.025 to the USD, the highest level since March 2008, mainly due to a jump in remittances from overseas Filipino workers and the reported rise in consumer spending in the United States, the country’s major trading partner.

The last time the Peso closed stronger than the rate recorded Monday was on 7 March 2008, when it hit 40.85 Vs the USD.

Market analysts said the rise of the peso, along with other Asian currencies, could be the result of an increase in consumption of the United States, the world’s biggest economy.

The major contributory factor to the strengthening of the Peso was the US-denominated remittances from Filipinos living and working overseas.

A report on 15 November by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, BSP, the country’s central bank, showed that personal remittances, the cash and non-cash items or goods sent by overseas Filipinos through formal and informal channels, rose 6% in September from a year ago to US$2 billion.

This brought the 9-month remittance tally to US$17.3 billion, + 5.7% Y-Y.

“Remittances remained resilient on the back of sustained foreign demand for skilled Filipino manpower and continued financial service innovations of banks and other financial institutions to address the remittance needs of overseas Filipinos and their beneficiaries,” the central bank said in a statement.

The BSP said that cash remittances, the ones coursed through banks, rose 5.9% to US$1.8 billion in September, the highest monthly level recorded so far.


About RandyL

I first arrived the Western Pacific (Guam) in 1974 and for several years, I lived and traveled across the Pacific region and fell in love with the SE Asian lifestyle. Once bitten by it's culture bug, it never really lets go, and lingers on as a permanent affliction...forever. So henceforth, myself and my Filipina bride of 26 years, have decided that our best antidote is to simply return to the Philippines and take up residence in the Eastern Visayas on Samar Island. Our mission - to step back in time, relax, live....and Discover Samar Island before others do! Please visit my Blog for information that might help or inspire you to find your island in life.
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2 Responses to Peso Strengthens

  1. UJ says:

    The better the peso gets the less our dollars are worth. But that’s okay. I figure that as long as it stays at 30 or above, I will still be doing okay. Randy I was thinking you were going to give your opinion on this subject, that’s why I really click on it. C’mon, what’s your opinion of this?

  2. RandyL says:

    Well, just when you think you have things figured out, you discover that you don’t. I think until the U.S. gets it’s act together financially, the dollar will continue it’s weakness. :/

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