Consolidated financial statement of the Eurosystem as at 7 March 2014
Items not related to monetary policy operations
In the week ending 7 March 2014 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 0.3 billion to EUR 207.8 billion on account of customer and portfolio transactions.
In the past week the Eurosystem has not conducted any liquidity-providing transactions in connection with the standing swap arrangement 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 1.7 billion to EUR 358.7 billion. Banknotes in circulation (liability item 1) increased by EUR 3.2 billion to EUR 937 billion. Liabilities to general government (liability item 5.1) decreased by EUR 24.6 billion to EUR 74.7 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 11.8 billion to EUR 447.6 billion. On Wednesday, 5 March 2014, a main refinancing operation of EUR 94 billion matured and a new one of EUR 87 billion, with a maturity of one week, was settled. On the same day, fixed-term deposits in an amount of EUR 175.5 billion matured and new deposits were collected in the same amount, with a maturity of one week.
During the week, EUR 3 billion of longer-term refinancing operations was repaid before maturity.
Recourse to the marginal lending facility (asset item 5.5) was EUR 0.3 billion (compared with EUR 0.8 billion in the previous week), while recourse to the deposit facility (liability item 2.2) was EUR 30.9 billion (compared with EUR 29.4 billion in the preceding week).
The holdings by the Eurosystem of securities held for monetary policy purposes (asset item 7.1) remained unchanged. Therefore, in the week ending 7 March 2014 the value of accumulated purchases under the Securities Markets Programme amounted to EUR 175.7 billion, while the values of the portfolios held under the first and second covered bond purchase programmes totalled EUR 38.8 billion and EUR 14.8 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 0.3 billion to EUR 187.1 billion.