Consolidated financial statement of the Eurosystem as at 18 September 2009
Items not related to monetary policy operations
In the week ending 18 September 2009 the decrease of EUR 53 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) and the purchase of gold by another Eurosystem central bank.
The net position of the Eurosystem in foreign currency (asset items 2 and 3 minus liability items 7, 8 and 9) decreased by EUR 0.5 billion to EUR 190.2 billion on account of customer and portfolio transactions and US dollar liquidity-providing transactions.
|Value date||Type of transaction||Maturing amount||New amount|
|16 September 2009||7-day Swiss franc liquidity-providing EUR/CHF foreign exchange swap||CHF 14.9 billion||CHF 11.3 billion|
|17 September 2009||7-day US dollar liquidity-providing reverse transaction||USD 41.6 billion||USD 41.3 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 swap had no effect on the net position of the Eurosystem in foreign currency.
The holdings by the Eurosystem of securities other than those held for monetary policy purposes (asset item 7.2) decreased by EUR 0.8 billion to EUR 304.7 billion. Banknotes in circulation (liability item 1) decreased by EUR 1.7 billion to EUR 767.5 billion. Liabilities to general government (liability item 5.1) increased by EUR 6.7 billion to EUR 134.4 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) decreased by EUR 5.6 billion to EUR 594.8 billion. On Wednesday, 16 September 2009, a main refinancing operation of EUR 93.3 billion matured and a new one of EUR 87.8 billion was settled.
Recourse to the marginal lending facility (asset item 5.5) was EUR 0.1 billion (approximately the same as in the previous week), while recourse to the deposit facility (liability item 2.2) was EUR 89 billion (approximately the same as in the previous week).
The holdings by the Eurosystem of securities held for monetary policy purposes (asset item 7.1) increased by EUR 1.6 billion to EUR 12.8 billion in the week ending 18 September 2009.
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 6.8 billion to EUR 236.2 billion.