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Consolidated financial statement of the Eurosystem as at 23 March 2012

27 March 2012

Items not related to monetary policy operations

In the week ending 23 March 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 0.2 billion to EUR 250.5 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
22 March 2012 7-day US dollar liquidity-providing reverse transaction USD 2.3 billion USD 1.8 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) decreased by EUR 0.1 billion to EUR 346.9 billion. Banknotes in circulation (liability item 1) decreased by EUR 2.0 billion to EUR 867 billion. Liabilities to general government (liability item 5.1) increased by EUR 17.6 billion to EUR 156.5 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 20.3 billion to EUR 152.3 billion. On Wednesday, 21 March 2012, a main refinancing operation of EUR 42.2 billion matured and a new one of EUR 59.5 billion was settled. On the same day, fixed-term deposits in an amount of EUR 218 billion matured and new deposits were collected in the same amount, with a maturity of one week.

Recourse to the marginal lending facility (asset item 5.5) was EUR 0.8 billion (compared with EUR 11.8 billion in the previous week), while recourse to the deposit facility (liability item 2.2) was EUR 785.4 billion (compared with EUR 758.8 billion in the preceding week).

The holdings by the Eurosystem of securities held for monetary policy purposes (asset item 7.1) decreased by EUR 4.1 billion to EUR 279.3 billion. This decrease was due to the redemption of securities under the Securities Markets Programme and the first covered bond purchase programme, which more than offset the purchases settled during the week under the second covered bond purchase programme. Therefore, in the week ending 23 March 2012 the value of accumulated purchases under the Securities Markets Programme amounted to EUR 213.5 billion, while those of the portfolios held under the first and second covered bond purchase programmes totalled EUR 56.9 billion and EUR 8.9 billion respectively. All three portfolios are accounted for on a held-to-maturity basis.

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 42.9 billion to EUR 89.3 billion.


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