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Consolidated financial statement of the Eurosystem as at 22 January 2010

26 January 2010

Items not related to monetary policy operations

In the week ending 22 January 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 0.8 billion to EUR 158.3 billion on account of customer and portfolio transactions and US dollar liquidity-providing transactions.

Extraordinary transactions
Value date Type of transaction Maturing amount New amount
20 January 2010 7-day Swiss franc liquidity-providing EUR/CHF foreign exchange swap CHF 2.2 billion CHF 0.8 billion
21 January 2010 7-day US dollar liquidity-providing reverse transaction USD 1.2 billion USD 0.08 billion

The liquidity-providing transactions were conducted by the Eurosystem in connection with the temporary reciprocal currency arrangements (swap lines) that the European Central Bank has with the Swiss National Bank and the Federal Reserve System. The EUR/CHF foreign exchange swaps had no effect on the net position of the Eurosystem in foreign currency. As announced on 18 January 2010 these Swiss franc liquidity-providing operations will no longer be conducted after 31 January 2010.

The holdings by the Eurosystem of securities other than those held for monetary policy purposes (asset item 7.2) decreased by EUR 0.5 billion to EUR 296.8 billion. Banknotes in circulation (liability item 1) decreased by EUR 4.6 billion to EUR 783.4 billion. Liabilities to general government (liability item 5.1) increased by EUR 14 billion to EUR 124.4 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) increased by EUR 90.1 billion to EUR 577.8 billion. On Wednesday, 20 January 2010, a main refinancing operation of EUR 60.1 billion matured and a new one of EUR 58 billion was settled. On the same day a longer-term refinancing operation of EUR 2.7 billion matured and a new one of EUR 5.7 billion was settled.

Recourse to the marginal lending facility (asset item 5.5) was EUR 0.1 billion (compared with virtually nil in the previous week), while recourse to the deposit facility (liability item 2.2) was EUR 143.1 billion (compared with EUR 232.1 billion in the preceding week).

The holdings by the Eurosystem of securities held for monetary policy purposes (asset item 7.1) increased by EUR 2.2 billion to EUR 32.1 billion in the week ending 22 January 2010.

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) increased by EUR 81.9 billion to EUR 244.2 billion.


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