In the week ending 25 May 2012 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 2.4 billion to EUR 222.5 billion on account of customer and portfolio transactions and US dollar liquidity-providing operations (see below).
US dollar liquidity operations
|Value date||Type of transaction||Maturing amount||New amount|
|24 May 2012||7-day US dollar liquidity-providing reverse transaction||USD 0.3 billion||USD 0.3 billion|
|24 May 2012||84-day US dollar liquidity-providing reverse transaction||USD 14.5 billion||USD 10.3 billion|
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 marketable securities other than those held for monetary policy purposes (asset item 7.2) increased by EUR 0.1 billion to EUR 324.5 billion. Banknotes in circulation (liability item 1) increased by EUR 1.5 billion to EUR 879.7 billion. Liabilities to general government (liability item 5.1) increased by EUR 28.9 billion to EUR 143 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) increased by EUR 6.7 billion to EUR 129 billion. On Wednesday, 23 May 2012, a main refinancing operation of EUR 43 billion matured and a new one of EUR 37.9 billion was settled. On the same day, fixed-term deposits in an amount of EUR 214 billion matured and new deposits were collected in the amount of EUR 212 billion, with a maturity of one week. In the course of the week, longer-term refinancing operations amounting to EUR 21.4 billion were repaid before maturity.
Recourse to the marginal lending facility (asset item 5.5) was EUR 2.1 billion (compared with EUR 0.8 billion in the previous week), while recourse to the deposit facility (liability item 2.2) was EUR 760.1 billion (compared with EUR 789.7 billion in the preceding week).
The holdings by the Eurosystem of securities held for monetary policy purposes (asset item 7.1) increased by EUR 0.4 billion to EUR 280.6 billion. This increase was due to the purchases settled during the week under the second covered bond purchase programme, which more than offset the redemption of securities under the first covered bond purchase programme. Therefore, in the week ending 25 May 2012 the value of accumulated purchases under the Securities Markets Programme amounted to EUR 212.1 billion, while those of the portfolios held under the first and second covered bond purchase programmes totalled EUR 56.5 billion and EUR 12 billion respectively. All three 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 12.4 billion to EUR 90 billion.
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