BSP Governor Amando M. Tetangco, Jr. announced today that transactions in foreign portfolio investments in April surged to US$333 million, (PSE-listed securities – US$248 million; Peso government securities – US$96 million; and money market instruments – negative US$11 million), more than twice the US$158 million net inflows in March. However, on a year-on-year basis, the net inflow was down by 50 percent from the US$674 million recorded in 2011.
Registered investments for the month rose to US$1.5 billion from US$1.3 billion in March due to the initial public offering of GT Capital Holdings, Inc.; however, the figure was 13.3 percent lower compared to the US$1.7 billion recorded last year.
The top five (5) investor countries consisted of the United States, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Luxembourg and Hong Kong. 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.