Malaysia – 4Q 2017 balance of payments
14/02/2018 06:29 pm MYT
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In 4Q 2017, the current account surplus expanded on a quarter-on-quarter and year-on-year basis. As a percentage of GDP, the current account surplus fell slightly to 3.6% – see figure 1. On the other hand, the financial account recorded a net inflow due to a sharp increase in portfolio investment – see table 1. However, the overall balance of payments registered a deficit of RM13.1 bln.


For the whole of 2017, the overall balance of payments recorded a deficit of RM9.3 bln as compared with a surplus of RM14.8 bln in 2016.

The deficit in the services account widened in 4Q 2017, due mainly to higher deficits in the transportation, construction, and insurance and pension segments, as well as charges for the use of intellectual property – see table 2.



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