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The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) announced today (30 September) that the total assets of the Exchange Fund amounted to HK$4,656.6 billion as at 31 August 2021, HK$103.5 billion higher than that at the end of July 2021. Hong Kong dollar assets increased by HK$68.0 billion and foreign currency assets increased by HK$35.5 billion.

The rise in Hong Kong dollar assets was mainly due to an increase in Exchange Fund Bills and Notes issued but not yet settled. The rise in foreign currency assets was mainly due to an increase in the month-end balances of unsettled purchase of securities.

The Currency Board Account shows that the Monetary Base at the end of August 2021 was HK$2,114.5 billion, decreased by HK$3.0 billion, or 0.1%, from the end of July 2021. The decline was mainly due to a decrease in the outstanding amount of Certificates of Indebtedness.

The amount of Backing Assets decreased by HK$1.4 billion, or 0.1%, to HK$2,332.0 billion. The decrease was mainly attributable to the redemption of Certificates of Indebtedness, which was partly offset by the translation effect of foreign currency investments into Hong Kong dollar. The backing ratio increased from 110.20% at the end of July 2021 to 110.29% at the end of August 2021.


Annex 1: Abridged Balance Sheet of the Exchange Fund
Annex 2: Currency Board Account


Hong Kong Monetary Authority
30 September 2021


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 September 2021, the scheduled dates for issuing the press releases are as follows:

7 September

SDDS International Reserves
(Hong Kong’s Latest Foreign Currency Reserve Assets Figures)

14 September

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

30 September

SDDS Template on International Reserves and Foreign Currency Liquidity

30 September

Exchange Fund Abridged Balance Sheet and Currency Board Account


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