Consolidated financial statement of the Eurosystem as at 15 December 2017: commentary

19 December 2017

In the week ending 15 December 2017 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 0.1 billion to EUR 256.5 billion.

As a result of the Eurosystem’s open market operations and standing facilities, net lending to credit institutions (asset item 5 minus liability items 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5 and 4) increased by EUR 28.7 billion to EUR 100.5 billion.

Base money (liability items 1, 2.1 and 2.2) decreased by EUR 40.9 billion to EUR 3,141.8 billion.

The table below provides the detailed breakdown of securities held for monetary policy purposes (asset item 7.1) into the different portfolios. All portfolios are accounted for at amortised cost.

Monetary policy securities portfolios

Reported value as at 15 December 2017

Weekly change – purchases

Weekly change – redemptions

Covered bond purchase programme 1

EUR 6.1 billion

-

-

Covered bond purchase programme 2

EUR 4.8 billion

-

-

Covered bond purchase programme 3

EUR 241.1 billion

+EUR 1.0 billion

-EUR 0.2 billion

Asset-backed securities purchase programme

EUR 25.5 billion

+EUR 0.1 billion

-EUR 0.0 billion

Corporate sector purchase programme

EUR 131.4 billion

+EUR 1.2 billion

-

Public sector purchase programme

EUR 1,882.6 billion

+EUR 13.6 billion

-EUR 0.1 billion

Securities Markets Programme

EUR 88.9 billion

-

-

The content and format of the weekly financial statement are set out in Annexes IV to VI of Guideline (EU) 2016/2249 of the European Central Bank of 3 November 2016 on the legal framework for accounting and financial reporting in the European System of Central Banks (ECB/2016/34).

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