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Consolidated financial statement of the Eurosystem as at 17 October 2008

21 October 2008

Items not related to monetary policy operations

In the week ending 17 October 2008, the decrease of EUR 41 million in gold and gold receivables (asset item 1) reflected the sale of gold by one Eurosystem central bank (consistent with the Central Bank Gold Agreement that came into effect on 27 September 2004).

The net position of the Eurosystem in foreign currency (asset items 2 and 3 minus liability items 7, 8 and 9) increased by EUR 64.3 billion to EUR 343.3 billion on account of customer and portfolio transactions and US dollar liquidity-providing operations. On Thursday, 16 October 2008, a US dollar liquidity-providing operation of USD 170.9 billion was settled, with a maturity of seven days. This operation was conducted by the Eurosystem in connection with the temporary reciprocal currency arrangement (swap line) between the ECB and the Federal Reserve System.

The holdings by the Eurosystem of marketable securities of euro area residents denominated in euro (asset item 7) increased by EUR 1.3 billion to EUR 114.8 billion. Banknotes in circulation (liability item 1) rose by EUR 9.7 billion to EUR 721.8 billion. Liabilities to general government (liability item 5.1) increased by EUR 15.1 billion to EUR 80 billion.

Items related to monetary policy operations

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 51.2 billion to EUR 533.4 billion. On Wednesday, 15 October 2008, a main refinancing operation of EUR 250 billion matured and a new one of EUR 310.4 billion was settled. On the same day, a liquidity-providing fine-tuning operation of EUR 24.7 billion matured.

Recourse to the marginal lending facility (asset item 5.5) was EUR 14 billion (compared with EUR 16.6 billion in the previous week), while recourse to the deposit facility (liability item 2.2) was EUR 239.6 billion (compared with EUR 154.7 billion in the preceding week).

Current accounts of euro area credit institutions

As a result of all transactions, the current account position of credit institutions with the Eurosystem (liability item 2.1) decreased by EUR 65.3 billion to EUR 230.5 billion.


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