Consolidated financial statement of the Eurosystem as at 6 April 2012
Items not related to monetary policy operations
In the week ending 6 April 2012 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) decreased by EUR 0.9 billion to EUR 227.1 billion on account of customer and portfolio transactions and US dollar liquidity-providing operations (see below).
|Value date||Type of transaction||Maturing amount||New amount|
|5 April 2012||7-day US dollar liquidity-providing reverse transaction||USD 2.9 billion||USD 1.4 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 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 0.2 billion to EUR 347.5 billion. Banknotes in circulation (liability item 1) rose by EUR 10.9 billion to EUR 880.9 billion. Liabilities to general government (liability item 5.1) increased by EUR 8.5 billion to EUR 146 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 155.5 billion. On Wednesday, 4 April 2012, a main refinancing operation of EUR 61.1 billion matured and a new one of EUR 62.6 billion was settled. On the same day, fixed-term deposits in an amount of EUR 213.5 billion matured and new deposits were collected in the same amount, with a maturity of one week.
Recourse to the marginal lending facility (asset item 5.5) was EUR 1 billion (compared with EUR 1.6 billion in the previous week), while recourse to the deposit facility (liability item 2.2) was EUR 784.8 billion (compared with EUR 778.7 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 280.4 billion. This increase was due to the purchases under the second covered bond purchase programme that were settled during the week. Therefore, in the week ending 6 April 2012 the value of accumulated purchases under the Securities Markets Programme amounted to EUR 214.2 billion, while those of the portfolios held under the first and second covered bond purchase programmes totalled EUR 56.8 billion and EUR 9.4 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 22.7 billion to EUR 86 billion.
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