Top portfolio managers and analysts give us their professional views on the most admired companies in the region. Astra International and Bank Central Asia perform well in Indonesia, Digi.com and Maybank excel in Malaysia, and Ayala comes out top in the Philippines.
Domestic demand will be the key economic driver for growth in the Philippines 2020, on the back of increased government spending, relatively benign inflation and supportive monetary policies. However, the full effects of the coronavirus outbreak are yet to be calculated.
The Philippines is on track to meet its key 2019 targets. With one of the highest GDP’s in Asia, inflation falling to a new low, and international reserves on the rise, this should be enough to attract investors.
After years of regulatory horse trading with the market, one of the Philippines' highest profile companies is set to list the country’s first ever REIT. In what is seen as a huge shift in sentiment to the asset class, the country’s high-grade real estate market is, however, under strain from global economic shifts.
The country's national treasurer explains the government's action plan to facilitate a sovereign rating upgrade to the coveted A status. Prioritising domestic debt fundraising over international and expanding its product mix to include sukuks and green bonds are part of the answer.