Official International Reserves – November 5, 2018

From: Department of Finance Canada

Official International Reserves – November 5, 2018

News release

All 2018 Official International Reserves

The Department of Finance Canada announced today that Canada’s official international reserves increased by an amount equivalent to US$1,405 million during October to US$82,088 million.

Details on the level and composition of Canada’s reserves as of October 31, 2018, as well as the major factors underlying the change in reserves, are provided below. All figures are in millions of US dollars unless otherwise noted.

NOTES:

  1. Net change in securities and deposits resulting from foreign currency funding activities of the Government. (Issuance of foreign currency liabilities used to acquire assets increases reserves, while maturities decrease reserves). During October, Canada bills increased by US$349 million to a level of outstanding bills of US$2,628 million. An equivalent of US$1,733.8 million in cross-currency swaps was raised while US$100 million in cross-currency swaps matured during the month.
  2. “Return on investments” comprises US$91 million of interest earned on investments and a US$30 million increase in the market value of securities.
  3. “Revaluation effects” reflect changes in the market value of reserve assets resulting from movements in exchange rates. In October, the revaluation effect was mainly due to the depreciation of the euro and the pound sterling.
  4. “Net government operations” are the net purchases of foreign currency for government foreign exchange requirements and for additions to reserves.
  5. “Foreign currency securities” include maturities of foreign currency debt, cross-currency swap payments and an estimate of interest payments on foreign currency liabilities.
  6. “Securities lent under repurchase agreements” are included in total reserves. Collateral provided in securities lending transactions is not included in total reserves.
  7. Cash invested under repurchase agreements is included in total reserves. Collateral provided in securities lending transactions is not included in total reserves.

Future Release Dates

The next release is December 5, 2018 (covering the period of November 2018).

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