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Foreign Portfolio Investments Post Net Inflows in August 2011


August 2011 Transactions
Transactions for the month of August resulted in net inflows of US$394 million, 75.1 percent more than the US$225 million recorded for the same period last year and 31.6 percent higher than the US$300 million for July 2011.  Investments in PSE-listed securities and Peso GS of US$659 million and US$685 million, respectively aggregated US$1.3 billion, the same level as in July 2011, but almost double the US$788 million recorded a year ago.  Outflows declined to US$950 million compared to July's US$1.0 billion, but higher from last year's US$563 million.

Investments in PSE-listed securities dipped by 7.6 percent from the US$713 million a year ago, and by 19.8 percent from last month's US$822 million. The highest industry beneficiaries were:  banks (US$158 million); holding firms (US$143 million); property companies (US$82 million); telecommunication firms (US$75 million); and food, beverage and tobacco manufacturers (US$69 million).

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 August Flows

For the period January to August 2011, transactions for foreign portfolio investments netted inflows of US$3.1 billion, 230.2 percent more than the US$926 million recorded for the comparable period in 2010.  Registered investments reached US$11.8 billion, more than twice the US$5.8 billion level a year ago; outflows also increased by 81.3 percent from US$4.8 billion to US$8.8 billion.

Registered investments in PSE-listed shares reached US$6.2 billion compared to US$4.1 billion last year. Major beneficiaries were: holding firms (US$1.5 billion); banks (US$1.1 billion); property companies (US$894 million); telecommunication firms (US$788 million); and utility companies (US$734 million).   Investments in Peso GS reached US$5.4 billion, more than four (4) times the US$1.2 billion recorded in 2010.  Combined investments in PSE-listed shares and Peso GS represented 97.4 percent of total, up by 114.3 percent from US$5.4 billion a year ago. 

The balance of registered investments were in: (a) Peso time deposits (US$293 million); and (b) unit investment trust funds and money market instruments (US$6 million each).

Singapore, the United Kingdom, the United States, Luxembourg and Hong Kong remained the top five (5) investor countries, with combined share to total of 89.3 percent.

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