Monetary Statistics for February 2023

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31 Mar 2023

Monetary Statistics for February 2023

According to statistics published today (31 March) by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, total deposits with authorized institutions decreased by 1.6% in February 2023 after increasing by 1.3% in January.  Among the total, Hong Kong dollar deposits and foreign currency deposits decreased by 1.1% and 2.1% respectively in February, mainly reflecting fund flows of corporates.  In the first two months of 2023, total deposits decreased by 0.3% while Hong Kong dollar deposits increased by 1.3%.  Renminbi deposits in Hong Kong decreased by 2.8% in February to RMB813.5 billion at the end of February.  The total remittance of renminbi for cross-border trade settlement amounted to RMB747.7 billion in February, compared with RMB615.2 billion in January.  It should be noted that changes in deposits are affected by a wide range of factors, such as interest rate movements and fund-raising activities.  It is therefore more appropriate to observe the longer-term trends, and not to over-generalise fluctuations in a single month.  

Total loans and advances decreased by 0.6% in February, while increased by 0.6% in the first two months of 2023.  Among the total, loans for use in Hong Kong (including trade finance) and loans for use outside Hong Kong decreased by 0.5% and 0.9% respectively in February.  The Hong Kong dollar loan-to-deposit ratio increased to 88.4% at the end of February from 86.8% at the end of January, as Hong Kong dollar deposits decreased while Hong Kong dollar loans increased.

Hong Kong dollar M2 and M3 both decreased by 1.2% in February and both edged up by 0.1% when compared to a year ago.  The seasonally-adjusted Hong Kong dollar M1 decreased by 2.6% in February and decreased by 20.1% compared to a year ago, reflecting in part investment-related activities.  Total M2 and total M3 both decreased by 1.7% in February.  Compared to a year earlier, total M2 and total M3 both remained virtually unchanged.  

As monthly monetary statistics are subject to volatilities due to a wide range of transient factors, such as seasonal and IPO-related funding demand as well as business and investment-related activities, caution is required when interpreting the statistics.




Hong Kong Monetary Authority
31 March 2023

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