Consolidated financial statement of the Eurosystem as at 2 March 2018: commentary
In the week ending 2 March 2018 gold and gold receivables (asset item 1) decreased by EUR 22 million owing to the sale of gold by one Eurosystem national central bank for the purpose of producing a commemorative coin.
The net position of the Eurosystem in foreign currency (asset items 2 and 3 minus liability items 7, 8 and 9) increased by EUR 0.2 billion to EUR 255.2 billion.
As a result of the Eurosystem’s open market operations and standing facilities, net lending to credit institutions (asset item 5 minus liability items 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5 and 4) rose by EUR 14.9 billion to EUR 99.4 billion.
Base money (liability items 1, 2.1 and 2.2) increased by EUR 55 billion to EUR 3,159.4 billion.
The table below provides the detailed breakdown of securities held for monetary policy purposes (asset item 7.1) into the different portfolios. All portfolios are accounted for at amortised cost.
Monetary policy securities portfolios
Reported value as at 2 March 2018
Weekly change – purchases
Weekly change – redemptions
Covered bond purchase programme 1
EUR 5.8 billion
-EUR 0.2 billion
Covered bond purchase programme 2
EUR 4.5 billion
-EUR 0.1 billion
Covered bond purchase programme 3
EUR 247.7 billion
+EUR 1.2 billion
-EUR 0.7 billion
Asset-backed securities purchase programme
EUR 25.0 billion
+EUR 0.2 billion
-EUR 0.3 billion
Corporate sector purchase programme
EUR 143.3 billion
+EUR 1.4 billion
-EUR 0.0 billion
Public sector purchase programme
EUR 1,933.9 billion
+EUR 6.8 billion
-EUR 1.5 billion
Securities Markets Programme
EUR 85.0 billion
The content and format of the weekly financial statement are set out in Annexes IV to VI of Guideline (EU) 2016/2249 of the European Central Bank of 3 November 2016 on the legal framework for accounting and financial reporting in the European System of Central Banks (ECB/2016/34).