In the week ending 10 December 2010 the decrease of EUR 29 million in gold and gold receivables (asset item 1) reflected the sale of gold by one Eurosystem central bank (consistent with the Central Bank Gold Agreement that came into effect on 27 September 2009).
The net position of the Eurosystem in foreign currency (asset items 2 and 3 minus liability items 7, 8 and 9) decreased by EUR 0.4 billion to EUR 176.4 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|
|9 December 2010||7-day US dollar liquidity-providing reverse transaction||USD 60 million||USD 60 million|
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 0.9 billion to EUR 321.4 billion. Banknotes in circulation (liability item 1) increased by EUR 4 billion to EUR 828.5 billion. Liabilities to general government (liability item 5.1) increased by EUR 4.8 billion to EUR 96.6 billion.
The Eurosystem’s net lending to credit institutions (asset item 5 minus liability items 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5 and 4) increased by EUR 80.5 billion to EUR 454.2 billion. On Wednesday, 8 December 2010, a main refinancing operation of EUR 179.7 billion matured and a new one of EUR 197.3 billion was settled. On the same day, a longer-term refinancing operation of EUR 63.6 billion matured and a new one of EUR 68.1 billion was settled. Also on Wednesday, 8 December 2010, fixed-term deposits in an amount of EUR 67 billion matured and new deposits were collected in an amount of EUR 69 billion, with a maturity of one week.
The holdings by the Eurosystem of securities held for monetary policy purposes (asset item 7.1) increased by EUR 2.7 billion to EUR 132.8 billion as a result of settled purchases under the Securities Markets Programme. Therefore, in the week ending 10 December 2010 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 71.8 billion and EUR 60.9 billion respectively. Both portfolios are accounted for on a held-to-maturity basis.
Recourse to the marginal lending facility (asset item 5.5) was EUR 0.6 billion (compared with EUR 0.9 billion in the previous week), while recourse to the deposit facility (liability item 2.2) was EUR 24.1 billion (compared with EUR 84.8 billion in the preceding week).
As a result of all transactions, the current account position of credit institutions with the Eurosystem (liability item 2.1) increased by EUR 82.2 billion to EUR 268.1 billion.
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