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Exchange Fund Balance Sheet Data

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) released today (14 March 2000) key data on the balance sheet of the Exchange Fund at the end of February 2000, reporting an increase of HK$1.3 billion in the foreign assets of the Exchange Fund during the month.

Foreign assets, representing the external assets of the Exchange Fund, amounted to HK$686.4 billion.

The Monetary Base, comprising Certificates of Indebtedness and coins issued, the Aggregate Balance of the banking system and Exchange Fund Bills and Notes issued, amounted to HK$211.1 billion.

Claims on the private sector in Hong Kong amounted to HK$77.2 billion.

The balance sheet data of the Exchange Fund are released on a monthly basis in accordance with the International Monetary Fund's Special Data Dissemination Standard (SDDS) and are referred to as the Analytical Accounts of the Central Bank under SDDS (Annex 1).

Hong Kong Monetary Authority

14 March 2000

Annex 1

Analytical Accounts of the Central Bank

(in millions of Hong Kong dollars)

Monetary Base (1)

Claims on the Hong Kong SAR Government (2)

Claims on the Private Sector in Hong Kong (3)

Foreign Assets (4)

Foreign Liabilities (5)

31 January 1999

196,520

0

80,078

655,955

310

28 February 1999

203,042

0

71,566

661,465

46

31 March 1999

199,433

0

68,142 r

655,862

25

30 April 1999

198,256

0

60,145

656,843

20

31 May 1999

197,281

0

57,826

652,107

8

30 June 1999

196,479

0

62,106

645,393

35

31 July 1999

196,041

0

48,389

654,866

47

31 August 1999

196,568

0

54,623

655,054

40

30 September 1999

200,768

0

55,914

662,831

489

31 October 1999

199,145

0

51,748

663,782

44

30 November 1999

202,546

0

89,020

655,569

43

31 December 1999

234,386

0

77,563

691,261

38

31 January 2000

223,695

0

85,715

685,114

50

29 February 2000

211,085

0

77,166

686,391

46

r - revised figure

 

(1) The Monetary Base comprises Certificates of Indebtedness (for backing the currency notes) and coins issued, the Aggregate Balance of the banking system and Exchange Fund Bills and Notes issued.

(2) Claims on the Hong Kong SAR Government refer to any lending to the Government.

(3) Claims on the Private Sector in Hong Kong include bank deposits and investments in debt securities issued by public sector entities in Hong Kong held by the Exchange Fund.

(4) Foreign Assets represent the external assets of the Exchange Fund and exclude foreign currency deposits placed with banks in Hong Kong.

(5) Foreign Liabilities include margin payable on securities transactions, fees payable to the Exchange Fund's external managers and obligations under repurchase agreements.

Hong Kong Monetary Authority

14 March 2000

Last revision date: 1 August 2011
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