Macao residents' external securities investment up 31.5 pct in H1

Source: Xinhua| 2017-11-20 17:59:47|Editor: Jiaxin
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MACAO, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- China's Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) residents' investment in securities issued by entities outside Macao reached 582.6 billion patacas (about 72.48 billion U.S. dollars) at current market value on June 30, 2017, representing a rise of 31.5 percent from end of June 2016, the SAR's monetary watchdog said on Monday.

According to the report released by the Monetary Authority of Macao, investment of Macao residents, including individuals, the government and other legal entities but excluding Macao's foreign exchange reserves, in securities issued by entities outside Macao rose 31.5 percent from end of June 2016 or 20.2 percent from the end of 2016.

The report also said by geographical distribution, the Asian region continued to occupy the largest share of Macao residents' external portfolio investment at 59.2 percent. The rest was mainly placed in the North Atlantic and Caribbean (14.4 percent), Europe (12.6 percent), North America (10.1 percent) and Oceania (3.1 percent).

Investment in securities issued by entities of Chinese mainland continued to assume the leading position, occupying 42.5 percent of portfolio investment.

Its market value increased by 32.1 percent from end of 2016 to 247.4 billion patacas (about 30.78 billion dollars).

Those investment consisted of 52.6 billion patacas (about 6.54 billion dollars) in equity securities, 190.6 billion patacas (about 23.71 billion dollars) in long-term debt securities and 4.2 billion (about 523 million dollars) in short-term debt securities.

Meanwhile, although the share of investment in securities issued by Hong Kong entities fell from 13.6 percent to 12.6 percent, the corresponding market value rose by 11.5 percent to 73.4 billion patacas (about 9.13 billion dollars).