Consolidated financial statement of the Eurosystem as at 24 August 2007
Items not related to monetary policy operations
In the week ending 24 August 2007, the decrease of EUR 16 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 of 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 0.3 billion to EUR 145.5 billion on account of customer and portfolio transactions.
The holdings by the Eurosystem of marketable securities of euro area residents denominated in euro (asset item 7) increased by EUR 0.7 billion to EUR 92.3 billion. Banknotes in circulation (liability item 1) fell by EUR 5.8 billion to EUR 636.1 billion. Liabilities to general government (liability item 5.1) increased by EUR 14.9 billion to EUR 56 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 5.1 billion to EUR 464.9 billion. On Wednesday, 22 August 2007, a main refinancing operation of EUR 310 billion matured and a new one of EUR 275 billion was settled. On Friday, 24 August 2007, a supplementary longer-term refinancing operation of EUR 40 billion was settled.
Recourse to the marginal lending facility (asset item 5.5) was EUR 0.2 billion (compared with virtually nil in the preceding week), while recourse to the deposit facility (liability item 2.2) was EUR 0.3 billion, which was approximately the same as 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 1.2 billion to EUR 209.1 billion.