Last week, DOS released 2010 estimates of Malaysia’s International Investment Position (IIP). For those unfamiliar with the term, if the balance of payments reports on the flow of funds, the IIP reports the stock. In corporate terms the BOP is your cash flow, while the IIP is your balance sheet…sort of.
What the IIP does is show the stock of capital, equity and other investments that Malaysians hold abroad, versus what foreigners own of Malaysian assets.
And unlike many developing countries, Malaysia’s position is that of a net creditor, though just barely at the moment (RM millions):