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Foreign Portfolio Investments Yield Net Inflows in July 2014

08.14.2014

Transactions in July 2014 for registered foreign portfolio investments yielded overall net inflows of US$321 million, reflecting a significant improvement from the previous month’s US$44 million. Registered investments for the month slightly rose by 4.4 percent to US$1.7 billion, while outflows declined by 12.6 percent to
US$1.4 billion.

Net inflows were realized for PSE-listed securities (US$137 million) and Peso GS (US$213 million). About 69.7 percent of the registered investments were in PSE-listed securities (mainly holding firms; property companies; banks; telecommunication firms; and food, beverage and tobacco firms); and 30.2 percent in Peso GS.

The United States, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Malaysia, and Germany were the top five (5) investor countries for the month, with combined share to total of 80.8 percent. The United States continued to be the main destination of outflows, receiving 83.6 percent of total.

Registration of inward foreign investments with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is voluntary under the liberalized rules on foreign exchange transactions.  The issuance of a BSP registration document 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.  Without such registration, the foreign investor can still repatriate capital and remit earnings on his investment but the foreign exchange will have to be sourced outside the banking system.

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