In the week ending 7 October 2011 the decrease of EUR 181 million in gold and gold receivables (asset item 1) reflected the sale of gold commemorative coins by one Eurosystem central bank.
The net position of the Eurosystem in foreign currency (asset items 2 and 3 minus liability items 7, 8 and 9) decreased by EUR 0.1 billion to EUR 191 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|
|6 October 2011||7-day US dollar liquidity-providing reverse transaction||USD 0.5 billion||USD 0.5 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 1.8 billion to EUR 338.5 billion. Banknotes in circulation (liability item 1) increased by EUR 2.2 billion to EUR 859.6 billion. Liabilities to general government (liability item 5.1) increased by EUR 2.6 billion to EUR 54.3 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) decreased by EUR 67.3 billion to EUR 163.3 billion. On Wednesday, 5 October 2011, a main refinancing operation of EUR 208.3 billion matured and a new one of EUR 198.9 billion was settled. On the same day, fixed-term deposits in an amount of EUR 156.5 billion matured and new deposits were collected in an amount of EUR 160.5 billion, with a maturity of one week.
Recourse to the marginal lending facility (asset item 5.5) was EUR 2.8 billion (compared with EUR 1.4 billion in the previous week), while recourse to the deposit facility (liability item 2.2) was EUR 255.6 billion (compared with EUR 199.6 billion in the preceding week).
The holdings by the Eurosystem of securities held for monetary policy purposes (asset item 7.1) increased by EUR 2.3 billion to EUR 222.3 billion. This increase was due to the settled purchases of securities under the Securities Markets Programme. Therefore, in the week ending 7 October 2011 the value of accumulated purchases under the Securities Markets Programme and that of the portfolio held under the covered bond purchase programme totalled EUR 163.0 billion and EUR 59.2 billion respectively. Both portfolios are accounted for on a held-to-maturity basis.
As a result of all transactions, the current account position of credit institutions with the Eurosystem (liability item 2.1) decreased by EUR 50.7 billion to EUR 154.1 billion.
It should be noted, with respect to the consolidated weekly financial statement of the Eurosystem as at 30 September 2011, that other claims on euro area credit institutions denominated in euro (asset item 6) has decreased by EUR 0.5 billion and other assets (asset item 9) has increased by the same amount, owing to an accounting reclassification by one Eurosystem central bank.
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