In the week ending 8 October 2010 gold and gold receivables (asset item 1) remained unchanged.
The net position of the Eurosystem in foreign currency (asset items 2 and 3 minus liability items 7, 8 and 9) decreased by EUR 0.2 billion to EUR 176.5 billion on account of customer and portfolio transactions and US dollar liquidity-providing operations (see below).
|Value date||Type of transaction||Maturing amount||New amount|
|7 October 2010||7-day US dollar liquidity-providing reverse transaction||USD 60 million||USD 60 million|
The liquidity-providing transactions were conducted by the Eurosystem in connection with the temporary reciprocal currency arrangement (swap line) that the European Central Bank has with the Federal Reserve System.
The holdings by the Eurosystem of securities other than those held for monetary policy purposes (asset item 7.2) increased by EUR 2 billion to EUR 309 billion. Banknotes in circulation (liability item 1) increased by EUR 1 billion to EUR 815.9 billion. Liabilities to general government (liability item 5.1) decreased by EUR 4.9 billion to EUR 93.2 billion.
The Eurosystem’s net lending to credit institutions (asset item 5 minus liability items 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5 and 4) decreased by EUR 46.9 billion to EUR 356.2 billion. On Wednesday, 6 October 2010, a main refinancing operation of EUR 166.4 billion matured and a new one of EUR 197 billion was settled. On the same day, a liquidity-providing fine-tuning operation of EUR 29.4 billion matured. Also on Wednesday, 6 October 2010, fixed-term deposits in an amount of EUR 61.5 billion matured and new deposits were collected in an amount of EUR 63.5 billion, with a maturity of one week.
Recourse to the marginal lending facility (asset item 5.5) was EUR 0.4 billion (compared with EUR 1.6 billion in the previous week), while recourse to the deposit facility (liability item 2.2) was EUR 94.4 billion (compared with EUR 49.5 billion in the preceding week).
The holdings by the Eurosystem of securities held for monetary policy purposes (asset item 7.1) increased by EUR 9 million to EUR 124.3 billion. This is due to settled purchases under the Securities Markets Programme. Therefore, in the week ending 8 October 2010 the value of the accumulated purchases under the Securities Markets Programme and that of the portfolio held under the covered bond purchase programme totalled EUR 63.3 billion and EUR 61 billion respectively. Both portfolios are accounted for on a held-to-maturity basis.
As a result of all transactions, the current account position of credit institutions with the Eurosystem (liability item 2.1) decreased by EUR 38.6 billion to EUR 151.7 billion.
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