Malaysia’s current account surplus recorded RM3.8 billion as compared to RM3.9 billion in the previous quarter. The slightly lower surplus was largely attributable to the widening deficit in net primary income due to higher retained earnings by the foreign investors.
The financial account recorded a lower net inflow of RM0.2 billion from RM9.2 billion in second quarter 2018. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) increased to RM3.9 billion from RM2.8 billion in the previous quarter. The FDI were mainly from United States of America, United Kingdom and Japan. Meanwhile, Malaysia’s Direct Investment Abroad (DIA) also improved to RM3.9 billion from RM3.6 billion in the second quarter with the main destinations to Singapore, Luxembourg and United Kingdom.
Portfolio investment registered a turnaround of net inflow of RM0.6 billion from net outflow of RM38.3 billion in the previous quarter. The portfolio investment assets showed a reversal to net inflow of RM4.3 billion, while liabilities registered a lower net outflow of RM3.6 billion. Likewise, other investment also recorded a turnaround of net outflow RM0.8 billion from a net inflow of RM48.4 billion in last quarter.
The international reserves of Bank Negara Malaysia stood at RM426.9 billion compared to RM423.3 billion in the previous quarter.
Download: Summary Table of Balance of Payments, Q3 2018
DATO' SRI DR. MOHD UZIR MAHIDIN
CHIEF STATISTICIAN MALAYSIA
DEPARTMENT OF STATISTICS, MALAYSIA
16 November 2018
Ho Mei Kei
Public Relation Officer
Strategic Communication and International Division
Department of Statistics, Malaysia
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