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 (December 30) that the total assets of the Exchange Fund amounted to HK$3,589.9 billion as at November 30, 2016, HK$3.5 billion lower than that at the end of October 2016.  Foreign currency assets decreased by HK$36.1 billion while Hong Kong dollar assets increased by HK$32.6 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 rise in Hong Kong dollar assets was mainly due to additional placements from Fiscal Reserves, which was partly offset by a decrease in bank borrowings.
     The Currency Board Account shows that the Monetary Base at the end of November 2016 was HK$1,620.9 billion, increased by HK$3.6 billion, or 0.2%, from the end of October 2016.  The rise was mainly due to an increase in the outstanding amount of Certificates of Indebtedness.
     The amount of Backing Assets increased by HK$0.8 billion, or 0.05%, to HK$1,730.7 billion.  The increase was mainly attributable to the issuance of Certificates of Indebtedness and interest from investments, which were partly offset by valuation losses.  The backing ratio decreased from 106.96% at the end of October 2016 to 106.78% at the end of November 2016.

     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 December 2016, the scheduled dates for issuing the press releases are as follows:
December 7
SDDS International Reserves
(Hong Kong's Latest Foreign Currency Reserve Assets Figures)
December 14
SDDS Analytical Accounts of the Central Bank
(Analytical Accounts of the Exchange Fund)
December 30
SDDS Template on International Reserves and Foreign Currency Liquidity
December 30
Exchange Fund Abridged Balance Sheet and Currency Board Account

Ends/Friday, December 30, 2016
Issued at HKT 17:22