2012 Outlook, part 7

By Randell Tiongson on January 13th, 2012

With nearly 3 decades in the investments industry, our next featured expert has handled the investment portfolios of the largest banks amounting to billions. Marvin Fausto can often been seen in many forums, media interviews and seminars all over. He is one of those who I run to for wise investment counsel not only because he is one of the best investment managers of the country, but also because of his unquestionable integrity.

Marvin and his wife Rose are also in the forefront of the financial education advocacy. Along with their 3 sons, the Fausto’s are role models on how a family can have financial peace and enjoy a deeper purpose in life.

The 2012 Outlook of Mr. Marvin Fausto

We remain cautiously optimistic for the Philippines in general.

Even with the global economic slowdown, the resilient domestic consumption is being supported by steady OFW remittances and outsourcing revenues. To this, I estimate that the economy could grow anywhere from 4-5% GDP.

The financial sector on the other hand will remain very liquid coupled with stable inflation rates and low interest rates —  ideal for investments that is expected to generate employment and sustain domestic demand. Interest rates are expected to remain stable at around 4-5% while inflation also to remain benign at 3-4%.

As for the stock market, the Philippine stock exchange is expected to trade positively at around the 4,800 level. Last year’s reduced Government spending that caused the GDP slowdown, is slowly picking up and is expected to be the driver for growth for the country as well as the listed companies in the stock exchange this year.

Investments will center on infrastructure, agriculture, tourism, and education. Barring any major economic dislocation for our OFWs in the Middle East, US, and European markets, our domestic economy is expected to remain robust for 2012.

Marvin V. Fausto is the Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of the country’s largest bank, BDO and in charge of the Investments unit managing close to P580B under the BDO Trust Banking Group.

Prior to this, he held the position as head of the Trust Banking Group of Equitable PCI Bank from 2002 to 2007 primarily responsible for its overall business and operations. He also held the position of Vice President and Investments Head at Citytrust Banking Corporation. He started his career as an analyst at the former Far East Bank & Trust Co.

After having served as President and director, Mr. Fausto is currently a Board Adviser to the Trust Officers Association of the Philippines, the umbrella organization of the Trust Industry. He was also the Founding President and current Director of the Fund Managers Association of the Philippines.

Mr. Fausto graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Engineering and took MBA units at the Ateneo de Manila Graduate School.

Mr. Fausto is married to Mary Rose F. Fausto, the author of the insightful book “Raising Pinoy Boys” and has three sons, Martin, Enrique and Anton who are one of the country’s youngest investors.

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2012 Outlook, part 7