Since start of Aquino presidency, the PSE Index rose 1600 points, PH Stock Market outperformed Asia and the developing world, USD and EUR exchange rate rose 10%. But it’s not all good news: it’s an alarming rise against the Indian Rupee, and we could lose out to our biggest competitor in the all-important outsourcing industry.
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Philequity Corner (July 30, 2012)
By Valentino Sy
SONA in Tables and Graphs
Rather than commenting on President Aquino’s SONA and describing what he has done the past two years, we’d like to show you in tables and graphs how PNoy has performed since he took over.
The PSE index was below 3,400 when President Aquino took over and now it is well above 5,000.
The PSE index is up 54.8 percent since June 30, 2010, outperforming the rest of Asia and the developed world.
Meanwhile, the Philippine peso has strengthened against the US dollar by almost 10 percent from 46.50 to 42 during the past two years. Note that the BSP has successfully kept the peso stable between the 42 to 44.50 range from September 2010 to June 2012.
Similarly, the peso has appreciated a little over 10 percent against the euro over the same period.
In Asia, only the Singapore Dollar came ahead of the peso. What we find alarming, however, is the peso’s strong appreciation against the Indian rupee (see our article Too Much of a Good Thing, July 9, 2012).
India is our biggest competitor in the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry. We are concerned that Philippine BPO companies are slowly losing its competitiveness given the 30% appreciation of the peso against the rupee over the last two years.
Honesty emanates from the top
We would like to reiterate what Washington Sycip, one of our directors in Philequity has told us in several of our meetings. “We now have an honest president and this is an important factor for investing in our country.” It instills confidence and trust in the people around him. The cabinet is honest and is doing a good job without fanfare. Investors take that as an important cue for making further investments in the Philippines. Honesty emanates from the top.
More than words, we believe that our tables and graphs show how the PNoy presidency has performed.
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