In the week ending 25 November 2011 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 0.8 billion to EUR 195.6 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|
|25 November 2011||6-day US dollar liquidity-providing reverse transaction||USD 0.6 billion||USD 0.6 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 (ECB) 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 1.4 billion to EUR 337.6 billion. Banknotes in circulation (liability item 1) decreased by EUR 0.1 billion to EUR 865.1 billion. Liabilities to general government (liability item 5.1) rose by EUR 31.6 billion to EUR 88.9 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 10.4 billion to EUR 189.7 billion. On Wednesday, 23 November 2011, a main refinancing operation of EUR 230.3 billion matured and a new one of EUR 247.2 billion was settled. On the same day, fixed-term deposits in an amount of EUR 187.0 billion matured and new deposits were collected in an amount of EUR 194.5 billion.
Recourse to the marginal lending facility (asset item 5.5) was EUR 1.7 billion (compared with EUR 2.7 billion in the previous week), while recourse to the deposit facility (liability item 2.2) was EUR 256.3 billion (compared with EUR 236.8 billion in the preceding week).
The holdings by the Eurosystem of securities held for monetary policy purposes (asset item 7.1) increased by EUR 9.0 billion to EUR 263.3 billion. This increase was due to the net result of the settled purchases of EUR 8.6 billion under the Securities Markets Programme and of EUR 0.5 billion under the second covered bond purchase programme, as well as the redemption of securities under the first covered bond purchase programme. Therefore, in the week ending 25 November 2011 the value of accumulated purchases under the Securities Markets Programme amounted to EUR 203.3 billion, while that of the portfolios held under the first and second covered bond purchase programmes totalled EUR 59.1 billion and EUR 0.9 billion respectively. All three 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 24.6 billion to EUR 211.9 billion.
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