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Foreign Portfolio Investments Yield Net Inflows in November


Registered investments for the month of November amounted to US$3.0 billion, 20.2 percent higher than the US$2.5 billion figure last month as inflows to PSE-listed shares increased by 84.0 percent (from US$1.3 billion to US$2.4 billion), year-on-year, registered investments likewise rose by 49.5 percent from US$2.0 billion in 2012, inspite of fears over the economic impact of super-typhoon Yolanda and renewed concerns on the possible scaling down of the quantitative easing (QE) program in the United States, due to bargain hunting and investor optimism fueled by the third quarter GDP (7.0 percent) that brought the year-to-date average growth to 7.4 percent and well above the full-year target of
6-7 percent. 

Investments in November consisted of PSE-listed securities (80.5 percent), Peso GS (15.8 percent) and Peso time deposits (3.7 percent). For PSE-listed securities, the main beneficiaries were: retail companies, holding firms, casinos and gaming companies, property firms, and banks.

While outflows for the month grew to US$2.0 billion from US$1.5 billion in October, overall net inflows of US$981 million were realized, slightly higher than the US$969 million recorded last month albeit a little lower than the US$1.0 billion level a year ago. Transactions in PSE-listed securities, Peso GS and Peso time deposits yielded net inflows of US$788 million, US$82 million, and US$110 million respectively.

The United Kingdom, the United States, Singapore, Hong Kong, and the Netherlands were the top five (5) investor countries for the month with combined share to total of 78.3 percent.  The United States continued to be the
main beneficiary of outflows from investments, receiving 81.8 percent of total.

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 earnings that accrue on the registered investment.

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