IMF paper studies credit growth in the Philippines

IMF headquarters in Washington DC

A working paper published by the International Monetary Fund in May looks at factors affecting credit growth and interest margins in the Philippines and Asia.

Author Tatum Blaise Pua Tan points out that despite robust deposit growth, credit growth has been sluggish in the Philippines.

The research attributes this to legacy weaknesses in bank balance sheets, consumption-led economic growth, and relatively high net interest margins. Meanwhile, bank-level analysis suggests interest margins in the

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