Philippine Peso Tops 51:$1 Level, 11 Year Low

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The Philippine peso broke the 51 a dollar level Friday. The PHP closed at a fresh 11-year low against the US Dollar. Rising tensions between North Korea and the USA are said to have contributed to the peso’s demise. As this post was being composed, Saturday, Aug. 12th, 2017, the current rate stood at 1 USD = 51.06 PHP.

51 Philippine Peso Plateau Predicted

However, thanks to a six-hour power outage yesterday, I wasn’t able to post this article until today, Sunday. Today the rate has dipped only slightly: 1 USD =51.05 PHP.

The 51 Philippine peso plateau was mentioned in an article that I published last month, “Shrinking Philippine Peso Vs. USD.” The war of words between North Korean’s nut job, Kim Jung-un and U.S. President Donald Trump continues to impact the Philippine Peso.

Debris from Missiles Could Hit Philippines

Armed Forces of the Philippines Spokesperson Restituto Padilla said the country could be affected if North Korea makes good its threat to launch missiles at Guam.

“If ever it disintegrates in the atmosphere, potentially, it would have shattered debris that may scatter around in the area or its trajectory,” he said at an August 11 Palace briefing. “So it could hit some northern coastal areas. We have to forewarn our citizens to be on the lookout, but that’s something that we see as remote.” (Source: CNN Philippines)

What Should You Do with All That Extra Money?

So if you don’t get hit by any missile debris from Guam, what to do with all that extra cash?

Years ago, the PHP to USD had tumbled to 41:1. If you had 1,000 greenbacks to exchange back then you would get 41,000 pesos in return.  We were getting a little uneasy since my Social Security hadn’t kicked in yet. The money earned from this website helped fill in the gap.

However, today, if you exchange 1,000 USD and can get a 51 to 1 exchange ratio, you stand to gain about 10,000 pesos.

Of course, with the exchange at 51.05 you wouldn’t be able to get that 51 to 1 exchange rate yet, but some analysts are predicting 51.45 by the end of the year and 55 to 1 by the end of 2018.

What can you buy with that extra 10,000 pesos?

  • 83 cans of Spam
  • 1,250 jeepney rides in Iloilo City Proper or 100 taxi trips averaging 100 pesos each
  • 500 balut
  • 125 1-piece chicken meals with unlimited rice at Mang Inasal, or
  • 1 used tricycle with sidecar. I saw one advertised online for sale in Bacolod for only 7,500 pesos. With the 2,500 you have left over, you could refurbish this gem, shown below.

Tricycle for sale in Bacolod City Negros Occidental OLX

Your Own Trike Business

Think of all the money you could make with your 10,000 peso investment. Imagine making 200 pesos a day with your own tricycle business.

Why in only 50 days you could make back your original investment. Don’t worry about getting a franchise from The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB). There’s always enough “fixers” to help you with that.TricycleDriverWantsYourMoneyDave

But I hope you don’t operate your tricycle business in the Philippines like some of our local drivers in Guimaras do. I see a lot of drivers running all around town looking for fares as they burn up their fuel.

The smart ones go to one spot, like the Catholic churches, right after Mass. There’s always a ton of potential fares there.

Look all your possible profit. All because the “Philippine Peso Tops 51:$1 Level, 11 Year Low.”

Author: The Kano

POST AUTHOR: "THE KANO." Dave DeWall, "The Kano", is the Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of "Philippines Plus" in publication since August 2009. He is also the CEO of Lizard Poop Productions and author of the best-selling guide book "The Philippines Expat Advisor." Dave moved to the Philippines in July 2009 from Central Illinois with his lovely wife of over 19 years, "The Sainted Patient Wife." The couple reside in a rural province in Western Visayas, Guimaras. The small island province is said to have the sweetest mangoes in the world. They do not have any children but are the proud owners of eight active canines, including a Belgian Shepherd called "Killer" "Killer" has bitten five people in the last two years along with one goat and a carabao. "Killer" doesn't like strangers. Or goats. Or carabaos.