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Foreign Portfolio Investment Transactions for January Yield Net Inflows

02.16.2012

January 2012 Transactions

Transactions for the month of January yielded net inflows of US$586 million, or four (4) times the US$140 million net inflow for December 2011 and 203.5 percent higher than the US$193 million recorded in January last year with breakdown as follows: a) PSE-listed securities - US$385 million net inflow;
b) Peso GS - US$199 million net inflow; c) money market instruments - US$0.2 million net outflow; and d) Peso time deposits - US$1 million net inflow. 

Year-on-year, registered investments and outflows were lower compared to last year (US$1.2 billion versus US$1.5 billion registrations and US$627 million versus US$1.3 billion outflows) as investors remained cautious due to renewed worries over Greece’s debt problems, and the International Monetary Fund’s cut in growth outlook.

The main beneficiaries of investments in PSE-listed securities were: telecommunication companies (US$202 million); holding firms (US$189 million); utility companies (US$152 million); banks (US$148 million); and property firms (US$85 million).

The United Kingdom, Singapore, the United States, Luxembourg and Hong Kong were the top five (5) investor countries for the month.  The United States continued to be the main beneficiary of outflows from investments.

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.

BSP-registered investments pertain only to investments funded by fresh inward remittances of foreign exchange.

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