Malta recorded a net International Investment Position of €4.7 billion

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Malta recorded net International Investment Position of €4.7 billionAs at the end of 2016, the Maltese economy recorded a net International Investment Position of €4.7 billion, the National Statistics Office reported today.

Compared to end of 2015, total foreign assets in 2016 increased by €3.3 billion while total foreign liabilities increased by €3.2 billion, resulting in an overall increase in the International Investment Position (IIP) of €0.1 billion.

The level of Malta’s total foreign assets abroad amounted to €227.1 billion as at the end of December 2016. Portfolio Investment accounted for 47.3 per cent while Other Investment represented 19.4 per cent of total foreign assets.

The increase in Malta’s foreign assets was characterised mainly by a €6.6 billion increase in Equity and investment fund shares under Portfolio Investment. A decline of €0.5 billion in Direct Investment, mainly due to a fall in Debt Instruments, partially offset this increase.

At the end of December 2016, Malta’s foreign liabilities were recorded at €222.4 billion. Direct Investment totalled €172.7 billion up from €164.4 billion registered in December 2015 and accounted for 77.7 per cent of total foreign liabilities.

Moreover, Other Investment, represented 20.3 per cent of total foreign liabilities and totalled €45.2 billion as against €50.0 billion in 2015.

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