Transactions in foreign portfolio investments registered with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) resulted in a net inflow of US$170 million in January, in contrast to the US$43 million net outflow in December 2009. The inflow was, however, lower than the US$221 million net inflow recorded a year ago.
Registered foreign portfolio investments during the month amounted to US$576 million, which were 15 percent higher than last year’s US$502 million. Investments in PSE-listed shares reported at 76 percent of total were 37 percent more than the US$319 million level last year. The balance of registered investments was in peso denominated government securities (9 percent) and in peso bank deposits with minimum maturity of 90 days (16 percent). The United Kingdom, the United States, Malaysia, Luxembourg and Singapore were the top five (5) investor countries, collectively contributing 85 percent of total registered investments.
Gross foreign portfolio investment outflows aggregated US$406 million, the bulk of which were withdrawals from interim peso deposits.
Registration of inward foreign investments with the BSP is voluntary. It entitles the investor or his representative to buy foreign exchange from authorized agent banks or their subsidiary/affiliate foreign exchange corporations for repatriation of capital and remittance of dividends/profits/earnings that accrue on the registered investment