Foreign direct investments drop 41% in July 2019

Ralf Rivas
Foreign direct investments drop 41% in July 2019

Foreign investors place less bets on the Philippines for the 5th straight month

MANILA, Philippines – Foreign direct investments (FDI) in July incurred a substantial 41.4% drop to $543 million, latest data from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas showed.

This is the 5th straight month that the FDI declined this year.

Top FDI sources were Japan, Germany, Singapore, the United States, and South Korea.

Placements were directed largely to financial and insurance, real estate, manufacturing, and health and social work.

Year-to-date, FDI registered inflows of $4.1 billion, a disappointing 39.1% lower than the $6.8 billion posted during the same period in 2018.

The sharp drop was due to the decline in non-residents’ net investments in equity, down by 75.1% to $459 million from $1.8 billion. 

Investments on debt instruments also went down by 30.3% to $3.1 billion from $4.4 billion last year.

Equity capital placements contracted by 49.2% to $1 billion, while withdrawals jumped by 215.8% to $569 million.

Placements during the first 7 months of the year were mostly from Japan, the US, Singapore, China, and South Korea. 

These were channeled to financial and insurance, real estate, manufacturing, transportation and storage, and customer support service industries.

FDIs are investments where foreign companies have direct control over companies operating in the Philippines and are involved in daily operations.

This is more coveted than portfolio investments or “hot money,” as FDIs bring not just money, but also knowledge, skills, and technology. –


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Ralf Rivas

A sociologist by heart, a journalist by profession. Ralf is Rappler's business reporter, covering macroeconomy, government finance, companies, and agriculture.