The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) announced today (Friday) that the total assets of the Exchange Fund amounted to HK$4,535.7 billion as at 31 March 2021, HK$46.1 billion lower than that at the end of February 2021. Foreign currency assets decreased by HK$40.6 billion and Hong Kong dollar assets decreased by HK$5.5 billion.

The decline in foreign currency assets was mainly due to a decrease in the month-end balances of unsettled purchase of securities and reduction in Fiscal Reserves placements. The decline in Hong Kong dollar assets was mainly due to the mark-to-market valuation of Hong Kong equities.

The Currency Board Account shows that the Monetary Base at the end of March 2021 was HK$2,107.9 billion, decreased by HK$9.1 billion, or 0.4%, from the end of February 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$4.6 billion, or 0.2%, to HK$2,320.0 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 109.80% at the end of February 2021 to 110.06% at the end of March 2021.

 

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

 

Hong Kong Monetary Authority
30 April 2021

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

9 April
(Issued)

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

14 April
(Issued)

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

30 April

SDDS Template on International Reserves and Foreign Currency Liquidity

30 April

Exchange Fund Abridged Balance Sheet and Currency Board Account



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