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Analytical Accounts of the Exchange Fund
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The following is issued on behalf of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority:

     The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) released today (October 12) the key analytical accounts of the Exchange Fund at the end of September 2012, reporting an increase of HK$30.8 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$2,316.9 billion.

     The Monetary Base, comprising Certificates of Indebtedness, Government issued currency notes and coins in circulation, the Aggregate Balance and Exchange Fund Bills and Notes issued, amounted to HK$1,105.1 billion.

     Claims on the private sector in Hong Kong amounted to HK$118.1 billion.

     Foreign liabilities, representing fees payable to the Exchange Fund's external managers, amounted to HK$0.2 billion.

     The analytical accounts of the Exchange Fund are released in accordance with the International Monetary FundíŽs Special Data Dissemination Standard (SDDS) and are referred to as the Analytical Accounts of the Central Bank under SDDS (Annex).

Release calendar

     The release calendar of the Analytical Accounts of the Central Bank for 2013 is announced below:

      Reference Month     Release Date
      January 2013        February 15, 2013
      February 2013       March 14, 2013
      March 2013          April 12, 2013
      April 2013          May 14, 2013
      May 2013            June 14, 2013
      June 2013           July 12, 2013
      July 2013           August 14, 2013
      August 2013         September 13, 2013
      September 2013      October 11, 2013
      October 2013        November 14, 2013
      November 2013       December 13, 2013
      December 2013       January 14, 2014

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     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 October 2012, the scheduled dates for issuing the press releases are as follows:

October 8 (Issued)
SDDS International Reserves
(Hong Kong's Latest Foreign Currency Reserve Assets Figures)

October 12
SDDS Analytical Accounts of the Central Bank
(Analytical Accounts of the Exchange Fund)

October 31
Exchange Fund Abridged Balance Sheet and Currency Board Account

October 31
SDDS Template on International Reserves and Foreign Currency Liquidity

Ends/Friday, October 12, 2012
Issued at HKT 16:56

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