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BDO’s Chief Strategist, #1 Exchange Rate Forecaster in the Philippines

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Jonathan L. Ravelas is the #1 Exchange Rate Forecaster in the Philippines according to FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast, a leading provider of economic analysis and forecasts for 130 countries and 30 commodities. The First Vice President and Chief Market Strategist of BDO Unibank, Inc. was selected based on the accuracy of his monthly economic forecasts in 2018 during the 2019 Analyst Forecast Awards.

BDO’s Chief Strategist, #1 Exchange Rate Forecaster in the Philippines
BDO’s Chief Strategist, #1 Exchange Rate Forecaster in the Philippines

FocusEconomics first counted Ravelas among the world’s “most accurate forecasters” in 2016 when he was awarded as the top forecaster in the Current Account category in the Philippines. Current account is a crucial indicator of an economy’s condition that is influenced by key factors such as trade policies, foreign exchange rate, and inflation rate, among others.

Ravelas has been BDO’s Chief Market Strategist since 2002. Over 17 years, he has contributed his insight and deep understanding of the local and global market to provide the bank’s clients with timely and relevant forecasts to help them with their financial decisions and goals.

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The Analyst Forecast Awards are yearly awards that recognize the analysts whose forecasts for the period are the most accurate. Apart from Current Account, other categories include Gross Domestic Product, fiscal balance, inflation, interest rate, and exchange rate.

About BDO Unibank, Inc.

BDO is a full-service universal bank which provides a wide range of corporate and retail banking services. These services include traditional loan and deposit products, as well as treasury, trust banking, investment banking, private banking, rural banking, cash management, leasing and finance, remittance, insurance, retail cash cards, credit card services, and stock brokerage services.

BDO has one of the largest distribution networks, with more than 1,300 operating branches and over 4,000 ATMs nationwide. It also has a full-service branches in Hong Kong and Singapore as well as 23 overseas remittance and representative offices in Asia, Europe, North America, and the Middle East.

BDO ranked as the largest bank in terms of total assets, loans, deposits, and trust funds under management based on published statements of condition as of March 31, 2019. For more information, please visit

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