Transactions in foreign portfolio investments during March yielded net inflows of US$158 million, reflecting a turnaround from the US$305 million net outflows in February. Peso Government securities and PSE-listed shares netted foreign exchange (FX) inflows (US$189 million and US$110 million, respectively), while money market instruments resulted in net outflows (US$141 million). A year-on-year decline in net inflows was, however, noted from the US$245 million level in 2011.
Registered investments for the month amounted to US$1.3 billion, slightly decelerating from the US$1.5 billion in February due to profit-taking. Outflows likewise declined to US$1.2 billion from US$1.8 billion a month ago. The main beneficiaries of investments in PSE-listed shares were: holding firms
(US$260 million); banks (US$171 million); property companies
(US$141 million); utility firms (US$124 million); and telecommunication companies (US$120 million).
The top five (5) investor countries consisted of the United States, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Hong Kong and Luxembourg. The United States continued to be the main beneficiary of outflows from these 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.
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