Consolidated financial statement of the Eurosystem as at 1 April 2011

6 April 2011

Items not related to monetary policy operations

In the week ending 1 April 2011 the decrease of EUR 16.8 billion in gold and gold receivables (asset item 1) reflected quarterly revaluation adjustments.

The net position of the Eurosystem in foreign currency (asset items 2 and 3 minus liability items 7, 8 and 9) decreased by EUR 9.8 billion to EUR 177.4 billion. This change was due to the effects of the quarterly revaluation of assets and liabilities and to the customer and portfolio transactions carried out by Eurosystem central banks during the period under review.

The holdings by the Eurosystem of marketable securities other than those held for monetary policy purposes (asset item 7.2) increased by EUR 0.1 billion to EUR 333.5 billion, with an increase of EUR 0.9 billion on account of transactions more than offsetting the decrease caused by quarterly revaluations. Banknotes in circulation (liability item 1) rose by EUR 3.8 billion to EUR 826 billion. Liabilities to general government (liability item 5.1) decreased by EUR 18.1 billion to EUR 64.9 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 17.3 billion to EUR 321.4 billion. On Wednesday, 30 March 2011, a main refinancing operation of EUR 89.4 billion matured and a new one of EUR 100.4 billion was settled. On the same day, fixed-term deposits in an amount of EUR 77.5 billion matured and new deposits were collected in an amount of EUR 76.5 billion, with a maturity of one week. On Thursday, 31 March 2011, a longer-term refinancing operation of EUR 149.5 billion matured and a new one of EUR 129.5 billion was settled.

Recourse to the marginal lending facility (asset item 5.5) was EUR 0.7 billion (compared with EUR 3.4 billion in the previous week), while recourse to the deposit facility (liability item 2.2) was EUR 26.1 billion (compared with EUR 19.4 billion in the preceding week).

The holdings by the Eurosystem of securities held for monetary policy purposes (asset item 7.1) increased by EUR 0.2 billion to EUR 137.6 billion due to quarter-end adjustments. Therefore, in the week ending 1 April 2011 the value of the accumulated purchases under the Securities Markets Programme and that of the portfolio held under the covered bond purchase programme totalled EUR 77 billion and EUR 60.5 billion respectively. Both 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 0.5 billion to EUR 205.8 billion.

Quarter-end revaluation of the Eurosystem’s assets and liabilities

In line with the Eurosystem’s harmonised accounting rules, gold, foreign exchange, securities holdings and financial instruments of the Eurosystem are revalued at market rates and prices as at the end of each quarter. The net impact of the revaluation on each balance sheet item as at 1 April 2011 is shown in the additional column “ Difference compared with last week due to quarter-end adjustments”. The gold price and the principal exchange rates used for the revaluation of balances were as follows:

Gold: EUR 1,007.250 per fine oz.

USD: 1.4207 per EUR

JPY: 117.61 per EUR

Special drawing rights: EUR 1.1161 per SDR

Assets (EUR millions) Balance Difference compared with last week due to
i)transactions
ii)quarter-end adjustments
Totals/sub-totals may not add up, due to rounding
i) ii)
1 Gold and gold receivables 350,667 0 −16,769
2 Claims on non-euro area residents denominated in foreign currency 221,873 761 −11,803
2.1 Receivables from the IMF 74,123 231 −2,637
2.2 Balances with banks and security investments, external loans and other external assets 147,750 530 −9,166
3 Claims on euro area residents denominated in foreign currency 23,947 −266 −1,376
4 Claims on non-euro area residents denominated in euro 20,852 508 −80
4.1 Balances with banks, security investments and loans 20,852 508 −80
4.2 Claims arising from the credit facility under ERM II 0 0 0
5 Lending to euro area credit institutions related to monetary policy operations denominated in euro 424,041 −11,651 0
5.1 Main refinancing operations 100,439 11,022 0
5.2 Longer-term refinancing operations 322,855 −20,008 0
5.3 Fine-tuning reverse operations 0 0 0
5.4 Structural reverse operations 0 0 0
5.5 Marginal lending facility 737 −2,653 0
5.6 Credits related to margin calls 10 −13 0
6 Other claims on euro area credit institutions denominated in euro 42,126 −3,397 0
7 Securities of euro area residents denominated in euro 471,025 862 −521
7.1 Securities held for monetary policy purposes 137,568 0 232
7.2 Other securities 333,457 862 −753
8 General government debt denominated in euro 34,851 0 −53
9 Other assets 299,114 3,112 1,113
Total assets 1,888,496 −10,071 −29,489
Liabilities (EUR millions) Balance Difference compared with last week due to
i)transactions
ii)quarter-end adjustments
Totals/sub-totals may not add up, due to rounding
i) ii)
1 Banknotes in circulation 825,997 3,823 0
2 Liabilities to euro area credit institutions related to monetary policy operations denominated in euro 308,392 5,063 0
2.1 Current accounts (covering the minimum reserve system) 205,755 −536 0
2.2 Deposit facility 26,054 6,654 0
2.3 Fixed-term deposits 76,500 −1,000 0
2.4 Fine-tuning reverse operations 0 0 0
2.5 Deposits related to margin calls 83 −55 0
3 Other liabilities to euro area credit institutions denominated in euro 5,005 778 0
4 Debt certificates issued 0 0 0
5 Liabilities to other euro area residents denominated in euro 72,956 −17,963 0
5.1 General government 64,925 −18,096 0
5.2 Other liabilities 8,030 133 0
6 Liabilities to non-euro area residents denominated in euro 42,297 −947 −28
7 Liabilities to euro area residents denominated in foreign currency 1,310 −186 −95
8 Liabilities to non-euro area residents denominated in foreign currency 14,470 189 −841
8.1 Deposits, balances and other liabilities 14,470 189 −841
8.2 Liabilities arising from the credit facility under ERM II 0 0 0
9 Counterpart of special drawing rights allocated by the IMF 52,613 0 −1,939
10 Other liabilities 179,107 −911 −1,225
11 Revaluation accounts 305,890 0 −25,642
12 Capital and reserves 80,460 84 283
Total liabilities 1,888,496 −10,071 −29,489

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