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Philippine Sept portfolio inflows jump 172 pct y/y

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* September net inflow $407 mln, up 5 pct up from Aug

* Nine-month net inflow $2.63 bln, 18 pct down from yr ago

MANILA, Oct 11 (Reuters) - The Philippine central bankreleased on Thursday data on net foreign portfolio investmentsin September:Net inflows Sep Aug Jul Jun May Apr Mar($ mln) 407 387 963 -7.7 106 333 158KEY POINTS:

- Gross foreign portfolio inflows in January to Septemberreached $13.2 billion and gross outflows totalled $10.5 billion,resulting in a nine-month net inflow of $2.63 billion.

- Inflows in September rose following news of the EuropeanCentral Bank's plan to buy bonds of distressed euro zoneeconomies and Spain's announced cuts to its budget as well asthe U.S. Federal Reserve's third round of bond purchases, thecentral bank said in a statement.

- Hong Kong, Britain, the United States, Luxembourg andFrance were the top five investor countries in September.

- Registration of foreign investments with the central bankis voluntary, but is required if investors want to buy foreigncurrency to be sent out of the country.

- The central bank kept its key policy rate steady at arecord low of 3.75 percent on Sept. 13, but Governor AmandoTetangco said in a Reuters interview on Sept. 26 that theMonetary Board could further ease policy if needed later thisyear.

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(Reporting by Erik dela Cruz; Editing by Jacqueline Wong)

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Keywords: PHILIPPINES ECONOMY/PORTFOLIO