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Foreign Portfolio Investments Post Net Inflow For the First Semester of 2011


June 2011 Transactions
Transactions for the month resulted in net inflows of US$354 million, marginally lower  than the US$364 million in May 2011.  Registered investments of US$1.4 billion were 11.2 percent lower than the US$1.5 billion of the previous month, but 67.5 percent higher than US$809 million recorded a year ago.  Outflows amounted to US$1.0 billion and were lower than the US$1.2 billion recorded in May 2011, although higher by 11.9 percent than the figure a year ago.

Investments in PSE-listed shares aggregated US$726 million (53.6 percent of  total registered investments) vis-à-vis US$886 million last month and US$468 million in June 2010.  Major beneficiaries were holding firms (US$195 million); banks (US$119 million); telecommunication companies (US$109 million); property companies (US$106 million); and utility firms (US$86 million) which comprised
84.6 percent of total registrations.

Registration of inward foreign investments with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is voluntary.  It entitles the investor or his representative to buy foreign exchange from authorized agent banks and/or their subsidiary/affiliate foreign exchange corporations for repatriation of capital and remittance of dividends/profits/earnings that accrue on the registered investment.

January to June Flows

 Total registered investments for the first semester of the year reached  US$9.1 billion, or more than twice  the US$4.4 billion level a year ago, with transactions netting inflows of US$2.4 billion or almost three (3) times the US$687 million recorded for the comparable period in 2010.  This was attributed to investments in Peso GS which reached US$ 4.2 billion (45.5 percent of the total registered investments) from US$995 million last year due to favorable rates, especially for longer tenors.

Investments in PSE-listed shares aggregated US$4.7 billion and likewise surpassed the US$3.0 billion level a year ago.  Major beneficiaries were holding firms (US$1.2 billion); banks (US$798 million); telecommunication companies (US$629 million); property firms (US$603 million); and utility firms 
(US$594 million).

Combined   investments  in   PSE-listed    shares    and     Peso    GS  comprised  96.7  percent of total registered investments.

The balance of registered investments were in: (a) Peso time deposits (US$292 million); (b) unit investment trust funds (US$6 million); (c) money market instruments (US$6 million).

Outflows for the first half of the year amounted to US$6.8 billion  and were mostly withdrawals from interim Peso deposits.

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