Consolidated financial statement of the Eurosystem as at 2 December 2011

6 December 2011

Items not related to monetary policy operations

In the week ending 2 December 2011 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) increased by EUR 0.8 billion to EUR 196.4 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
1 December 2011 7-day US dollar liquidity-providing reverse transaction USD 0.6 billion USD 0.4 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 (ECB) 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) increased by EUR 0.5 billion to EUR 338.1 billion. Banknotes in circulation (liability item 1) rose by EUR 8.9 billion to EUR 874 billion. Liabilities to general government (liability item 5.1) decreased by EUR 35.4 billion to EUR 53.6 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 60.9 billion to EUR 128.8 billion. On Wednesday, 30 November 2011, a main refinancing operation of EUR 247.2 billion matured and a new one of EUR 265.5 billion was settled. On the same day, fixed-term deposits in an amount of EUR 194.5 billion matured and new deposits were collected in an amount of EUR 194.2 billion. On Thursday, 1 December 2011, a longer-term refinancing operation of EUR 49.4 billion matured and a new one of EUR 38.6 billion was settled.

Recourse to the marginal lending facility (asset item 5.5) was EUR 7 billion (compared with EUR 1.7 billion in the previous week), while recourse to the deposit facility (liability item 2.2) was EUR 332.7 billion (compared with EUR 256.3 billion in the preceding week).

The holdings by the Eurosystem of securities held for monetary policy purposes (asset item 7.1) increased by EUR 4.3 billion to EUR 267.6 billion. This increase was due to the net result of the settled purchases of EUR 3.7 billion under the Securities Markets Programme and of EUR 0.7 billion under the second covered bond purchase programme, as well as the redemption of securities under the first covered bond purchase programme. Therefore, in the week ending 2 December 2011 the value of accumulated purchases under the Securities Markets Programme amounted to EUR 206.9 billion, while that of the portfolios held under the first and second covered bond purchase programmes totalled EUR 59.1 billion and EUR 1.6 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 31.2 billion to EUR 180.7 billion.

Assets (EUR millions) Balance Difference compared with last week due to transactions
Totals/sub-totals may not add up, due to rounding
1 Gold and gold receivables 419,822 0
2 Claims on non-euro area residents denominated in foreign currency 231,908 2,019
2.1 Receivables from the IMF 80,380 −2
2.2 Balances with banks and security investments, external loans and other external assets 151,528 2,021
3 Claims on euro area residents denominated in foreign currency 32,250 −1,587
4 Claims on non-euro area residents denominated in euro 28,341 −701
4.1 Balances with banks, security investments and loans 28,341 −701
4.2 Claims arising from the credit facility under ERM II 0 0
5 Lending to euro area credit institutions related to monetary policy operations denominated in euro 656,026 14,601
5.1 Main refinancing operations 265,456 18,281
5.2 Longer-term refinancing operations 383,053 −9,428
5.3 Fine-tuning reverse operations 0 0
5.4 Structural reverse operations 0 0
5.5 Marginal lending facility 7,002 5,300
5.6 Credits related to margin calls 515 449
6 Other claims on euro area credit institutions denominated in euro 92,447 −751
7 Securities of euro area residents denominated in euro 605,732 4,804
7.1 Securities held for monetary policy purposes 267,620 4,284
7.2 Other securities 338,111 521
8 General government debt denominated in euro 33,932 −34
9 Other assets 335,230 −2,212
Total assets 2,435,688 16,140
Liabilities (EUR millions) Balance Difference compared with last week due to transactions
Totals/sub-totals may not add up, due to rounding
1 Banknotes in circulation 873,981 8,912
2 Liabilities to euro area credit institutions related to monetary policy operations denominated in euro 707,956 44,309
2.1 Current accounts (covering the minimum reserve system) 180,703 −31,202
2.2 Deposit facility 332,705 76,447
2.3 Fixed-term deposits 194,199 −301
2.4 Fine-tuning reverse operations 0 0
2.5 Deposits related to margin calls 349 −634
3 Other liabilities to euro area credit institutions denominated in euro 1,600 −259
4 Debt certificates issued 0 0
5 Liabilities to other euro area residents denominated in euro 63,099 −33,910
5.1 General government 53,554 −35,385
5.2 Other liabilities 9,544 1,475
6 Liabilities to non-euro area residents denominated in euro 51,201 −225
7 Liabilities to euro area residents denominated in foreign currency 4,391 2,551
8 Liabilities to non-euro area residents denominated in foreign currency 8,872 −2,916
8.1 Deposits, balances and other liabilities 8,872 −2,916
8.2 Liabilities arising from the credit facility under ERM II 0 0
9 Counterpart of special drawing rights allocated by the IMF 54,486 0
10 Other liabilities 205,346 −2,322
11 Revaluation accounts 383,276 0
12 Capital and reserves 81,481 0
Total liabilities 2,435,688 16,140

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