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Exchange Fund Abridged Balance Sheet and Currency Board Account

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

     The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) announced today (June 30) that the total assets of the Exchange Fund amounted to HK$3,303.3 billion as at May 31, 2015, HK$35.9 billion lower than that at the end of April 2015.  Foreign currency assets decreased by HK$14.7 billion and Hong Kong dollar assets decreased by HK$21.2 billion.

     The decline in foreign currency assets was mainly due to a decrease in unsettled purchases of securities and mark-to-market losses on foreign currency portfolios. The decline in Hong Kong dollar assets was mainly due to the withdrawals of placements by Fiscal Reserves as well as Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government funds and statutory bodies, and mark-to-market losses on Hong Kong equities.

     The Currency Board Account shows that the Monetary Base at the end of May 2015 was HK$1,424.8 billion, decreased by HK$1.1 billion, or 0.1%, from the end of April 2015.  The decline was mainly due to a decrease in the outstanding amount of Certificates of Indebtedness.

     The amount of Backing Assets decreased by HK$0.6 billion, or 0.04%, to HK$1,525.1 billion. The decrease was mainly attributable to a reduction in assets connected with the redemption of Certificates of Indebtedness, which was partly offset by interest from investments. The backing ratio increased from 107.00% at the end of April 2015 to 107.04% at the end of May 2015.


     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 2015, the scheduled dates for issuing the press releases are as follows:

June 5 (Issued)
SDDS International Reserves
(Hong Kong's Latest Foreign Currency Reserve Assets Figures)

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

June 30
SDDS Template on International Reserves and Foreign Currency Liquidity

June 30
Exchange Fund Abridged Balance Sheet and Currency Board Account

Ends/Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Issued at HKT 16:30


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