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US, China talk ‘progress’ after phone call on trade

WASHINGTON, D.C.: Both the US and China spoke of progress Saturday after telephone talks between their leaders over a trade war that has rattled global markets. “Just had a long and very good call with President Xi of China,” US President Donald Trump said on Twitter after his chat with …

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Property values higher in Q3 – BSP

HIGHER prices across different types of housing units pushed residential property values up in the third quarter, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reported. The central bank on Friday said its Residential Real Estate Price Index (RREPI) rose to 116.5 in the July to September period from 111.6 a year …

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Inflation to sustain slowdown – analysts

Lower food and fuel prices likely kept inflation on an easing path in December, economists polled by The Manila Times said. Their average forecast of 5.7 percent is lower than the 6.0 recorded in November, when consumer price growth slowed—after accelerating since the start of 2018—from a nine-year high of …

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New Year lift seen for stock market

THE stock market could trade higher this week as investors reposition portfolios ahead of the release of inflation and economic growth data. Eagle Equities Inc. research head Christopher Mangun, in a market comment, said he expected “a lot of optimism” going into the first trading week of 2019, with market …

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Cebu Pac, Lazada top online Singles Day sale

Budget carrier Cebu Pacific and online shopping merchant Lazada topped the most searched keywords during the Singles’ Day Sale, the anti-Valentine event which happened last November 11. Coming in at third and fourth were their respective competitors, Air Asia and Shopee. The data came from iPrice Group, which conducted a …

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A wish list for 2019

BEN KRITZ Iwould like to share with you a wonderful time-saving technique that I discovered, albeit after a bit of trial and error, over the past few days: Don’t bother reading “predictions for 2019,” and use the time for more useful activities, such as getting a pedicure, or eating peanut …

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All about having her cake By Grace Bondad Nicolas

Cakes are considered as staples in just about every occasion for most Filipinos. For Merle Mendoza Balicao, it is literally her bread and butter as her brand has become a landmark at her hometown in Los Baños Laguna. Merle started Mer-Nel’s Cake House and Variety Shop in 1996. Mer-Nel is …

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Tax Amnesty Act of 2018

ATTY. PEACHES MARTINEZ-ARANAS (Part 2) In last week’s article, we talked about the “Tax Amnesty Act of 2018” (Act), which was ratified by both houses of Congress. The Act has been submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte for him to sign it into law. The Act provides a one-time opportunity for …

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Is Chavit Singson the new face of cryptocurrency?

It won’t be surprising if a public figure of high stature becomes most identified with the growing popularity of cryptocurrency in the country, especially if he has historically proven that his involvement in the thick of things could topple, for one, an allegedly erring regime. Luis “Chavit” Singson, the key …

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Inflation likely to ease anew in December – BSP

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) expects inflation to continue easing in December, on Friday issuing a 5.2-6.0 percent forecast for the month. The upper end of the range marks the result for November, when inflation finally started decelerating after rising since the start of the year. “The sustained slowdown …

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