First Metro Investment Corporation, the investment banking arm of the Metrobank Group, has been recognized once again by The Asset Benchmark Research (ABR) of Hong Kong as the Philippines’ top sell-side firm in the secondary market and among the top arrangers for primary issues for both corporate and government bonds. Based on ABR’s Asian Local Currency Bond Benchmark Review 2019, which surveyed close to 400 institutional fixed income investors, First Metro ranked first among Top Sell-side Firms in the Secondary Market for Corporate Bonds and Top Sell-side Firms in the Secondary Market for Government Bonds. The investment bank was also among the top arrangers, ranking second in the Investors’ Choice for Primary Issues of Government Bonds, and placing fourth in the Investors’ Choice for Primary Issues of Corporate Bonds. The survey provides detailed analysis on the investors’ buying behavior when selecting their counterparties, giving unprecedented access into the minds of investors. In photo are First Metro senior manager Mary Grace Ong-Singson, vice president Anna Graziela Singzon-Banaad and senior manager Bernice Joyce Nobleza.