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Hong Kong's latest foreign currency reserve assets figures released

The following is issued on behalf of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority:

     The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) announced today (June 7) that the official foreign currency reserve assets of Hong Kong amounted to US$275.9 billion as at the end of May 2011 (end April 2011: US$276.9 billion) (Annex). There were no unsettled forward contracts as at end of May and end of April.

     The total foreign currency reserve assets of US$275.9 billion represent about nine times the currency in circulation or 54% of Hong Kong dollar M3.


     At present, four press releases relating to the Exchange Fund's data are issued by the HKMA each month. Three of these releases are issued to disseminate monetary data in accordance with the International Monetary Fund's Special Data Dissemination Standard (SDDS). The fourth press release, on the Exchange Fund's Abridged Balance Sheet and Currency Board Account, is made in accordance with the HKMA's policy of maintaining a high level of transparency. For the month of June 2011, the scheduled dates for issuing the press releases are as follows:

June 7     SDDS International Reserves
           (Hong Kong's Latest Foreign Currency
           Reserve Assets Figures)

June 14    SDDS Analytical Accounts of the
           Central Bank
           (Analytical Accounts of the Exchange Fund)

June 30    Exchange Fund Abridged Balance Sheet and
           Currency Board Account

June 30    SDDS Template on International Reserves
           and Foreign Currency Liquidity

Ends/Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Issued at HKT 16:30


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