A lot of people are asking, will the Philippine peso continue to strengthen against the US dollar? Based on its monthly chart, I’d say that there’s a good chance that it will especially if the USDPHP pair breaks the 43.668 support. If and when it does, the next obvious support would not be at 42.00 as some financial analyst predict but at 40.00. Say the peso buying in tandem with the dollar selling continues and the 40.00 marker gets breached as well, then the pair’s next downside stage would be at 37.50. Actually, I do not want to alarm those who are highly leverage in the greenback. Notice, however, the huge head and shoulders pattern that could be forming already. If this pattern gets validated by a break below 40.00 then it is quite possible that the peso could recover its former glory back in its hay day and trade near the 26.00 versus the USD once again.
The question is, will the Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas (Central Bank of the Philippines) allow the Philippine Peso to appreciate that much? Well, the BSP is not a rookie in protecting the peso. It already defended the peso’s increase in valuation in the past to protect the country’s export industry, foreign direct investments, and the money that the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) are sending back. Hence, it is possible for the BSP to do the same. If it does, then the greenback could rally back towards 46.00 or even 48.00 versus the peso. Still, the global market has the bigger influence regarding the peso. So, continued increase in remittances, which by the way takes up a good chunk of the country’s total income, plus the broad-based weakness in the USD (this was explained in my recent post, please see it here) would benefit the PHP. Companies all over the world are expected continue to lessen their operating costs, thus, supporting the Philippines’ BPO industry and its FDIs in general. Such would also reflect positively in the peso.
Would a higher peso valuation benefit the Philippines? The Philippines is not really an export-based country so even if the country’s export sector gets negatively affected, it would not reflect badly on its overall output. For the longest time, majority of the country GDP is from domestic consumption. Hence, an increase in the peso’s valuation would even encourage more consumption as imports would then be cheaper. Cheaper imports of course would allow local companies to better access and purchase technology that were once scarce, making the processes of the local industries more efficient. Such could also allow local companies to develop their technology which would mark the country’s move from a ‘third world’ country to at least second. Now, will that scenario happen within the next decade? Only time will tell but I’m optimistic that it will.