Consolidated financial statement of the Eurosystem as at 1 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