- By Ernie Tolentino
Banks Vow 'Orderly And Fair' FX Mart
The country’s big banks on Wednesday, Oct. 12, assured markets they were closely working with regulators for the “orderly, fair and transparent” foreign exchange (FX) transactions as the peso neared P60 to the US dollar.
Photo Insert: Bankers Association of the Philippines (BAP) President Antonio C. Moncupa, who is also the CEO of East West Banking Corp., said banks shall continue to maintain the “orderly functioning” of the FX as well as the fixed-income markets.
Bankers Association of the Philippines (BAP) President Antonio C. Moncupa, who is also the CEO of East West Banking Corp., said banks shall continue to maintain the “orderly functioning” of the FX as well as the fixed-income markets.
“In order to be part of the solution, the banking industry continues to work closely with the BSP (Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas) for orderly, fair, and transparent markets minus the unproductive activities that only hurt the public,” said Moncupa.
The BAP, which run the FX daily spot market, said they support BSP’s transparent price discovery and measures against speculative activities “that tend to distort market prices and hurt the economy.
Moncupa said, “With global headwinds adversely affecting inflation and foreign exchange rates across the world, the BAP joins national efforts to minimize its impact on our people by avoiding activities that can only worsen the situation,” Moncupa said.
The peso vis-à-vis the US dollar closed stronger on Tuesday at P58.865. On Wednesday intraday, the peso depreciated to P58.999. It breached the P59:$1 level on Oct. 3 and then again last Monday, Oct. 10.
Banks and FX traders have been predicting the peso breaking past P59 to P59.50 and then P60 in the near term. Last week, the BSP called on banks to not engage in currency speculation as the BSP contains exchange rate pressures.
In a rare statement, the BSP assured markets that it will “manage” any disruption in the FX environment and financial sector in general, and that it will continue to service all legitimate US dollar transactions.
The BSP also reminded the public that there are “many reasons” for the peso depreciation and that the local currency’s movements are similar with other currencies in the region and outside of Asia.
As a free-floating exchange rate system, the BSP’s exchange rate policy is dictated by the supply and demand of foreign exchange. However, its intervention role is limited only to smoothening sharp fluctuations and if there are excessive peso movements.
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