April 2010 Transactions
Transactions in Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) registered foreign portfolio investments posted a net inflow of US$210 million for the month of April, or 176 percent more than the previous month’s US$76 million. This was a turnaround from the net outflow of US$276 million recorded for the same period a year ago. This development resulted from substantial placements in securities listed in the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) of US$728 million, as well as peso time deposits and government securities aggregating US$395 million. Outflows consisted mainly of withdrawals from IPDs (US$848 million or 93 percent).
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 related earnings.
For the first four months of the year, transactions yielded a net inflow of US$595 million in contrast to the US$221 million net outflow for the comparable period in 2009. Registered investments increased by 64 percent year on year to US$2,779 million. Investments in PSE-listed shares of US$2,015 million (73 percent) comprised the bulk of registered investments and were 90 percent higher than figures last year. The balance of registered investments were in peso GS (US$419 million) and peso time deposits (US$345 million).
The United States, the United Kingdom, Malaysia, Singapore, and Luxembourg were the top five (5) investor countries accounting for 83 percent of total registered investments.
Year-to-date outflows reached US$2.2 billion and were mostly withdrawals from IPDs.