Net ‘hot’ money inflow in Oct. down by 83%


MANILA, Philippines—The net inflow of foreign portfolio investments to the Philippines shrunk in October due mainly to profit-taking by equity investors, according to the central bank.

Data from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas showed that the net inflow of “hot money” in October amounted to only $40 million, down by about 83 percent from $237 million in the same month last year.

According to the BSP, investor appetite for peso-denominated portfolio assets remained strong in October, noting a significant foreign buying of Philippine stocks and bonds during the period.

However, it said, the net inflow of foreign portfolio investments dropped because the increase in the gross inflows was offset by the spike in outflows due to profit-taking.

“The net inflow was much lower as profit-taking triggered heavy sell-offs of publicly listed securities,” the central bank said in a statement.

The gross inflow of foreign portfolio investments during the month reached $1.54 billion, up by 68 percent from $916 million in the same month last year.

However, the outflows grew at a faster pace of 120 percent, reaching $1.5 billion from only $679 million a year ago.

Foreign portfolio investment inflows during the month came mostly from the United Kingdom, the United States, Singapore, Switzerland and Hong Kong, the central bank said.

For January to October, the cumulative net inflow of foreign portfolio investments amounted to $2.66 billion, down by 22 percent from $3.45 billion in the same period last year.

The BSP said the level of foreign portfolio investments in the first 10 months was manageable. It said it was an indication that no threats of an asset price bubble in the securities market was in the offing.

Growth in foreign portfolio fund is welcome as this helps make the country’s capital markets more vibrant, but monetary officials are concerned about the excessive flow of “hot money” because this could be destabilizing to the economy.

Unlike foreign direct investments, “hot money” easily comes and goes, and does not actually help create jobs. Excessive amounts of inflows and outflows could cause volatility in the exchange rate.

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  • Jean Claude

    Thats Great! It will stop the further appreciation of the Peso! 

  • joboni96


    ng hindi maituloy at

    ‘due mainly to profit-taking by equity investors’

    ang pangulimbat ng mga dayuhan
    sa kayamanan ng pilipino

  • jopar

    ‘Hot’ money inflows has nothing to do with workings in Philippine government. Despite of the ratings upgrade from Moody’s, foreign funds were drawn out of Philippine stocks because of market’s perception that Philippine shares are now overpriced as compared to other countries.

    This is just part and parcel of market price cycle – from low to high, and high to low. And stock market investors use ‘hot’ money inflow/outflow as one of the indicators to time their entry/exit in the stock market.

  • agustin

    this is a big drop, considering that this administration is saying that our economy is on the right tract. now our economy is out of the right tract.

    • Jean Claude

      you are actually wrong. You dont understand economics. The Bangko Sentral lowered interest rates to stop investors from flooding the Philippines with “hot money”. The Peso appreciation is mainly due to this “hot money”. The Bangko Sentral implemented rules to stop this further appreciation of the Peso because it is not advantageous to OFWs and it will make imports cheaper while exports more expensive. It seems BSP is getting what it wants = to stop this hot money inflow into the country. The fact that the BSP succeeded in stopping this hot money is just a sign that the economy is on the right tract.

      • agustin

         peso appreciation is an advantage to our economy especially imports of oil and raw products.operating cost is less if raw material is cheaper in cost value. fare will decrease instead of increasing. which way you are.?

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