First Metro: PH economy will grow faster in 2024

First Metro expects the Philippine economy to grow faster and continue to be among the best performing economies in Asia this year.

First Metro president Jose Patricio Dumlao said, “In the face of domestic and global challenges, the Philippine economy achieved a commendable 5.5% GDP growth in the first nine months of 2023, driven by strong domestic demand. This year, we continue to anticipate external headwinds – global growth outlook remains subdued. While headline inflation has softened in many countries driven by the decline in food and energy prices, core inflation remains a concern. External uncertainties such as the movements of the Fed and a potential sharper slowdown in China could drag on growth. Amidst all this, the country’s economy, with its strong macroeconomic fundamentals, is expected to expand by 6.0%.” READ MORE

First Metro: PH economy will
grow faster in 2024

First Metro expects the Philippine economy to grow faster and continue to be among the best performing economies in Asia this year.

First Metro president Jose Patricio Dumlao said, “In the face of domestic and global challenges, the Philippine economy achieved a commendable 5.5% GDP growth in the first nine months of 2023, driven by strong domestic demand. This year, we continue to anticipate external headwinds – global growth outlook remains subdued. While headline inflation has softened in many countries driven by the decline in food and energy prices, core inflation remains a concern. External uncertainties such as the movements of the Fed and a potential sharper slowdown in China could drag on growth. Amidst all this, the country’s economy, with its strong macroeconomic fundamentals, is expected to expand by 6.0%.” READ MORE

In photo, from left to right: First Metro Research head Cristina Ulang, University of Asia & the Pacific economist Dr. Victor Abola and First Metro Investment Banking head Daniel Camacho

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First Metro earns accolades from peers and partner institutions

The First Metro Group won awards and recognition from its peers and partners, the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr), the Fund Managers Association of the Phils., Inc. (FMAP), and The Asset Publishing and Research Ltd. (The Asset), in separate events held recently.

First Metro was once again acknowledged by the BTr as one of the ten Government Securities Eligible Dealers (GSED) Market Makers in recognition of our continued efforts in helping the National Government meet its financing requirements and supporting the initiatives of the BTr in developing the domestic capital markets.

The Enhanced GSED Program, which provides for the obligations and privileges of GSED-Market Makers, was launched in 2018 as part of reforms aimed at improving the depth and liquidity of the Government Securities (GS) markets. GSEDs are evaluated yearly based on total primary market volume, auction participation, bid efficiency, secondary market performance, and support to the BTr’s capital market development initiatives.

First Metro likewise received its fourth consecutive Best Fixed Income House award from the Fund Managers Association of the Philippines’ (FMAP) 2023 Bankers and Brokers Poll. Three of its employees also received individual awards, voted by their clients and peers in the industry. Peter Bautista, First Metro’s SVP and head of Sales & Distribution Group, ranked first Best Equities Sales Person; Krisha Cerin, sales officer from the Institutional & Corporate Sales Division, was recognized third Best Fixed Income Sales Person; and Cristina Ulang, FVP and head of Research Department, was voted third Best Fixed Income Strategist.

The Sales and Dealing Team of First Metro Securities Brokerage Corporation was also awarded by FMAP as the Best Sales Team. The team is composed of Altair Grace Aguillon, Peter Anthony Bautista, Jervis Tinimbang, and Daryll Menta.

First Metro was also honored by The Asset Benchmark Research, recognizing excellence in Asia’s fixed income industry. This recognition is not only from a respected Hong Kong-based publication, The Asset, but also from clients and peers in the industry.

FAMI releases Php15 million in dividends to CEAP

Top, from left to right: FAMI relationship manager Belle Pajarillo, FAMI Training Unit head Edwin Valleroso and CEAP executive director Allan Arellano

Bottom, from left to right: FAMI president Karen Liza Roa and CEAP president Fr. Albert Delvo

First Metro Asset Management, Inc. (FAMI) released Php15 million in dividends to the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) in December last year. These dividends represent profits from CEAP’s investment in FAMI, as a result of a partnership formed in 2005 together with the Marist Development Foundation. READ MORE

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First Metro welcomes new Controller

First Metro recently welcomed Ganine C. Olmedo as the new head of the Controllership Group.

Ganine brings over a decade of solid experience in accounting and auditing, demonstrating extensive knowledge of banking products, operations, systems and processes, financial reporting, and compliance. Before joining First Metro, she served as Head of Finance and Treasurer of Union Bank of the Philippines Trust and Investment Services Group.

Prior to her role as Head of Finance and Treasurer, she held the position of Head of Operations. In addition, she completed the one-year course on Trust Operations and Investment Management offered by the Trust Institute of the Philippines.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy from the University of Santo Tomas and is a Certified Public Accountant.

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CAPITAL NOTES is the official newsletter of First Metro Investment Corporation published quarterly.

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In photo, from left to right: First Metro Research head Cristina Ulang, University of Asia & the Pacific economist Dr. Victor Abola and First Metro Investment Banking head Daniel Camacho

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First Metro: PH economy will grow faster in 2024

In photo, from left to right: First Metro Research head Cristina Ulang, University of Asia & the Pacific economist Dr. Victor Abola and First Metro Investment Banking head Daniel Camacho

First Metro expects the Philippine economy to grow faster and continue to be among the best performing economies in Asia this year.

First Metro president Jose Patricio Dumlao said, “In the face of domestic and global challenges, the Philippine economy achieved a commendable 5.5% GDP growth in the first nine months of 2023, driven by strong domestic demand. This year, we continue to anticipate external headwinds – global growth outlook remains subdued. While headline inflation has softened in many countries driven by the decline in food and energy prices, core inflation remains a concern. External uncertainties such as the movements of the Fed and a potential sharper slowdown in China could drag on growth. Amidst all this, the country’s economy, with its strong macroeconomic fundamentals, is expected to expand by 6.0%.” READ MORE

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First Metro earns accolades from peers and partner institutions

The First Metro Group won awards and recognition from its peers and partners, the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr), the Fund Managers Association of the Phils., Inc. (FMAP), and The Asset Publishing and Research Ltd. (The Asset), in separate events held recently.

First Metro was once again acknowledged by the BTr as one of the ten Government Securities Eligible Dealers (GSED) Market Makers in recognition of our continued efforts in helping the National Government meet its financing requirements and supporting the initiatives of the BTr in developing the domestic capital markets.

The Enhanced GSED Program, which provides for the obligations and privileges of GSED-Market Makers, was launched in 2018 as part of reforms aimed at improving the depth and liquidity of the Government Securities (GS) markets. GSEDs are evaluated yearly based on total primary market volume, auction participation, bid efficiency, secondary market performance, and support to the BTr’s capital market development initiatives.

First Metro likewise received its fourth consecutive Best Fixed Income House award from the Fund Managers Association of the Philippines’ (FMAP) 2023 Bankers and Brokers Poll. Three of its employees also received individual awards, voted by their clients and peers in the industry. Peter Bautista, First Metro’s SVP and head of Sales & Distribution Group, ranked first Best Equities Sales Person; Krisha Cerin, sales officer from the Institutional & Corporate Sales Division, was recognized third Best Fixed Income Sales Person; and Cristina Ulang, FVP and head of Research Department, was voted third Best Fixed Income Strategist.

The Sales and Dealing Team of First Metro Securities Brokerage Corporation was also awarded by FMAP as the Best Sales Team. The team is composed of Altair Grace Aguillon, Peter Anthony Bautista, Jervis Tinimbang, and Daryll Menta.

First Metro was also honored by The Asset Benchmark Research, recognizing excellence in Asia’s fixed income industry. This recognition is not only from a respected Hong Kong-based publication, The Asset, but also from clients and peers in the industry.

FAMI releases Php15 million in dividends to CEAP

Top, from left to right: FAMI relationship manager Belle Pajarillo, FAMI Training Unit head Edwin Valleroso and CEAP executive director Allan Arellano

Bottom, from left to right: FAMI president Karen Liza Roa and CEAP president Fr. Albert Delvo

First Metro Asset Management, Inc. (FAMI) released Php15 million in dividends to the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) in December last year. These dividends represent profits from CEAP’s investment in FAMI, as a result of a partnership formed in 2005 together with the Marist Development Foundation. READ MORE

ICYMI: FAMI Webinar
Invest Early, Retire Comfortably: Your Quick Guide to a Happy Retirement
with Salve Duplito

FAMI, through financial guru, Salve Duplito, guided middle-aged individuals and parents in proper retirement planning by presenting various sources of pension and income-generating investments. The process involves estimating their future expenses and determining the required retirement fund.

VIEW THE RECORDING

FirstMetroSec updates

Latest app update of FirstMetroSec GO
further elevates trading experience

READ MORE

FirstMetroSec is officially
on TikTok

READ MORE

First Metro welcomes new Controller

First Metro recently welcomed Ganine C. Olmedo as the new head of the Controllership Group.

Ganine brings over a decade of solid experience in accounting and auditing, demonstrating extensive knowledge of banking products, operations, systems and processes, financial reporting, and compliance. Before joining First Metro, she served as Head of Finance and Treasurer of Union Bank of the Philippines Trust and Investment Services Group.

Prior to her role as Head of Finance and Treasurer, she held the position of Head of Operations. In addition, she completed the one-year course on Trust Operations and Investment Management offered by the Trust Institute of the Philippines.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy from the University of Santo Tomas and is a Certified Public Accountant.

FIRST METRO IN ACTION

CAPITAL NOTES is the official newsletter of First Metro Investment Corporation published quarterly.

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Tel: (02) 8858 7900 | Fax: (02) 8840 3706
Email: corpcom@firstmetro.com.ph

We want to hear from you. Please let us know your comments or concerns.
Tel: (02) 8511 0795 | Mobile: (0998) 846 8599
Email: customercare@firstmetro.com.ph

You may also contact BSP Financial Consumer Protection Department.
Tel: (02) 8708 7087
Email: consumeraffairs@bsp.gov.ph

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First Metro likewise received its fourth consecutive Best Fixed Income House award from the FMAP’s 2023 Bankers and Brokers Poll. Three of its employees have also received individual awards, voted by their peers in the industry. Peter Bautista, First Metro’s SVP and head of Sales & Distribution Group, was honored as the Best Equities Sales Person; Krisha Cerin, sales officer from the Institutional & Corporate Sales Division, was recognized as the Best Fixed Income Sales Person; and Cristina Ulang, FVP and head of Research Department, earned the title of Best Fixed Income Strategist.

The Sales and Dealing Team of First Metro Securities Brokerage Corporation was also awarded by FMAP as the Best Sales Team. The team is composed of (in photo, from L-R) Altair Grace Aguillon, Peter Anthony Bautista, Jervis Tinimbang, and Daryll Menta.

First Metro was also honored by The Asset Benchmark Research, recognizing excellence in Asia’s fixed income industry. This recognition is not only from a respected Hong Kong-based publication, The Asset, but also from peers in the industry.

First Metro recently welcomed Ganine C. Olmedo as the new Controllership Group Head and assistant vice president.

First Metro recently celebrated its 60th anniversary, marking a significant milestone in the history of the Philippine capital markets.

To commemorate this historic occasion, the company hosted a simple event for its clients and partners who have been an integral part of its remarkable journey. During the event, First Metro expressed its appreciation and gratitude for their unwavering trust and support over the years.

In his message, First Metro president Jose Patricio Dumlao, paid homage to the legacy of the company’s founder, Dr. George S.K. Ty. He also acknowledged First Metro’s visionary leaders, past and present; its principals; its parent bank, Metrobank; its board of directors and employees for their significant contribution in the company’s growth and success.

“As we embark on the next chapter of our journey, we will continue to embrace the opportunities and challenges ahead with the same unwavering determination that has brought us this far. We remain steadfast in our commitment to fostering a culture of collaboration, innovation, and respect, as these values are the pillars upon which our success is built. May the next 60 years be filled with even more significant achievements, boundless possibilities, and a legacy that will continue to inspire future generations,” Mr. Dumlao said.

First Metro recently celebrated its 60th anniversary, marking a significant milestone in the history of the Philippine capital markets.

To commemorate this historic occasion, the company hosted a simple event for its clients and partners who have been an integral part of its remarkable journey. During the event, First Metro expressed its appreciation and gratitude for their unwavering trust and support over the years.

In his message, First Metro president Jose Patricio Dumlao, paid homage to the legacy of the company’s founder, Dr. George S.K. Ty. He also acknowledged First Metro’s visionary leaders, past and present; its principals; its parent bank, Metrobank; its board of directors and employees for their significant contribution in the company’s growth and success.

“As we embark on the next chapter of our journey, we will continue to embrace the opportunities and challenges ahead with the same unwavering determination that has brought us this far. We remain steadfast in our commitment to fostering a culture of collaboration, innovation, and respect, as these values are the pillars upon which our success is built. May the next 60 years be filled with even more significant achievements, boundless possibilities, and a legacy that will continue to inspire future generations,” Mr. Dumlao said.

ICYMI: The Trading Room with
Mr. Francisco Sebastian

ICYMI: The Trading Room with Mr. Francisco Sebastian

To commemorate First Metro’s 60th anniversary milestone, we are delighted to present a special episode of The Trading Room, featuring our very own Mr. Francisco Sebastian. Mr. Sebastian served as First Metro president from 1997 to 2011 and as chairman from 2011 to 2022. He is currently a senior adviser to the board of First Metro.

Take a peek at our insightful and engaging conversation with the man who made an indelible mark on the company’s growth and success, accessible through First Metro’s social media pages.

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To commemorate First Metro’s 60th anniversary milestone, we are delighted to present a special episode of The Trading Room, featuring our very own Mr. Francisco Sebastian. Mr. Sebastian served as First Metro president from 1997 to 2011 and as chairman from 2011 to 2022. He is currently a senior adviser to the board of First Metro.

Take a peek at our insightful and engaging conversation with the man who made an indelible mark on the company’s growth and success, accessible through First Metro’s social media pages.

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First Metro Securities wins Philippines’ Best Online Trading Platform
and Best Online Broker for the sixth time

First Metro Securities wins Philippines’ Best Online Trading Platform
and Best Online Broker for the sixth time

Leading securities brokerage First Metro Securities has once again made waves at the prestigious International Finance Awards 2023, winning Best Online Trading Platform and Best Online Broker for the sixth consecutive year. This achievement is a testament to the company’s commitment to making investing a positive and rewarding experience through its advanced and user-friendly trading platforms.

FundsMart, the funds supermarket powered by First Metro Securities, was highlighted during the evaluation, as it demonstrates the company’s advocacy to making investments accessible to every Filipino. With just P1,000, anyone can start investing in both peso- and dollar-denominated mutual funds and Unit Investment Trust Funds (UITFs). No matter the person’s risk appetite – whether it’s low, medium, or high – there’s a fund suitable for everyone.

“We are honored and humbled to receive these awards for the sixth year in a row. This recognition reaffirms our commitment to inspire Filipinos to take the crucial first steps towards financial freedom. It also inspires us to continue innovating and raising the bar for online trading,”  said Gonzalo Ordoñez, president of First Metro Securities.

Leading securities brokerage First Metro Securities has once again made waves at the prestigious International Finance Awards 2023, winning Best Online Trading Platform and Best Online Broker for the sixth consecutive year. This achievement is a testament to the company’s commitment to making investing a positive and rewarding experience through its advanced and user-friendly trading platforms.

FundsMart, the funds supermarket powered by First Metro Securities, was highlighted during the evaluation, as it demonstrates the company’s advocacy to making investments accessible to every Filipino. With just P1,000, anyone can start investing in both peso- and dollar-denominated mutual funds and Unit Investment Trust Funds (UITFs). No matter the person’s risk appetite – whether it’s low, medium, or high – there’s a fund suitable for everyone.

“We are honored and humbled to receive these awards for the sixth year in a row. This recognition reaffirms our commitment to inspire Filipinos to take the crucial first steps towards financial freedom. It also inspires us to continue innovating and raising the bar for online trading,”  said Gonzalo Ordoñez, president of First Metro Securities.

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In today’s fast-paced trading world, FirstMetroSec understands that simplicity is the key to success. Even in fields brimming with highly capable minds, complex doesn’t always mean better. That’s why FirstMetroSec is dedicated to making trading easier for everyone.

Introducing FirstMetroSec PRO’s New Charting Tool, a cutting-edge solution meticulously designed to simplify your trading experience and provide you with more time to excel in other areas of life.

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FAMI treats moms and dads

FAMI treats moms and dads

FAMI celebrated the moms and mother-figures in a three-part webinar about the financial preparations of moms. The series focused on the different phases of motherhood—from being soon-to-be moms, to being moms of babies, toddlers, kids, teens and adults, to being retired moms. The discussions centered on the physical, emotional and financial preparations of moms, including budgeting tips.

FAMI also treated the dads and father-figures in a two-part webinar about financial wellness and freedom. Part one of the series focused on how parents can integrate practical financial topics to teach their children of any age. The second part focused on giving financial advice for new dads including providing for their family, reducing unwanted debts and building their own retirement fund through buckets of different types of assets.

FAMI celebrated the moms and mother-figures in a three-part webinar about the financial preparations of moms. The series focused on the different phases of motherhood—from being soon-to-be moms, to being moms of babies, toddlers, kids, teens and adults, to being retired moms. The discussions centered on the physical, emotional and financial preparations of moms, including budgeting tips.

FAMI also treated the dads and father-figures in a two-part webinar about financial wellness and freedom. Part one of the series focused on how parents can integrate practical financial topics to teach their children of any age. The second part focused on giving financial advice for new dads including providing for their family, reducing unwanted debts and building their own retirement fund through buckets of different types of assets.

FIRST METRO IN ACTION

FIRST METRO IN ACTION

First Metro’s 60th Anniversary Celebration
July 5, 2023 | Manila Polo Club

First Metro’s 60th Anniversary Celebration
July 5, 2023 | Manila Polo Club

CAPITAL NOTES is the official newsletter of First Metro Investment Corporation published quarterly.

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45th Floor, GT Tower International, Ayala Ave. cor. H.V. dela Costa St., Makati City
Tel: (02) 8858 7900 | Fax: (02) 8840 3706
Email: corpcom@firstmetro.com.ph

We want to hear from you. Please let us know your comments or concerns.
Tel: (02) 8511 0795 | Mobile: (0998) 846 8599
Email: customercare@firstmetro.com.ph

You may also contact BSP Financial Consumer Protection Department.
Tel: (02) 8708 7087
Email: consumeraffairs@bsp.gov.ph

CAPITAL NOTES is the official newsletter of First Metro Investment Corporation published quarterly.

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45th Floor, GT Tower International, Ayala Ave. cor. H.V. dela Costa St., Makati City
Tel: (02) 8858 7900 | Fax: (02) 8840 3706
Email: corpcom@firstmetro.com.ph

We want to hear from you. Please let us know your comments or concerns.
Tel: (02) 8511 0795 | Mobile: (0998) 846 8599
Email: customercare@firstmetro.com.ph

You may also contact BSP Financial Consumer Protection Department.
Tel: (02) 8708 7087
Email: consumeraffairs@bsp.gov.ph