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2006-003

Archived - Official International Reserves

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The Department of Finance Canada announced today that Canada's official international reserves decreased by an amount equivalent to US$275 million during February to US$32,684 million.

Details on the level and composition of Canada's reserves as of February 28, 2006, 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.


Foreign Currency Reserves

Securities

27,125

Deposits

  3,556

Total securities and deposits (liquid reserves)

30,681

Gold1

61

Special drawing rights (SDRs)

908

Reserve position in the IMF

  1,034

Total: 

February 28, 2006

32,684

          

January 31, 2006

32,959

Net change

-275


Details on Deposits
Other central banks/Bank for International Settlements 795
Banks headquartered in Canada 0
Of which: located abroad 0
Banks headquartered abroad 2,761
Of which: located in Canada 0 _____

Total

3,556

Details of Net Change
Reserves management operations2 -32
Gains and losses on gold sales 0
Net investment gains and losses
  Return on investments3 46
  Foreign currency debt charges -38
  Revaluation effects4 -251
Net government operations5 0
Official intervention 0
Other transactions  0

Net change

-275

Currency Composition of Deposits and Securities
US dollars 16,707
Euro 13,018
Yen      956

Total

30,681

Predetermined Short-Term Drains on Foreign Currency Reserves (Nominal Value)
0-1
month
1-3
months
3-12
months
Total

Foreign currency securities6 Principal -1,818 -418 -2,086 -4,322
Interest -105 -138 -981 -1,224
Aggregate short forward positions in foreign currencies vis-à-vis Canadian dollar 0 0 0 0
Aggregate long forward positions in foreign currencies vis-à-vis Canadian dollar 0 0 0 0
Total net drains -1,923 -556 -3,067 -5,546
Additional Information (Nominal Value)
Undrawn, unconditional credit lines with
banks headquartered outside Canada
6,000
Securities lent under repurchase agreements7 -1,993
Securities held under repurchase agreements8 1,462
Financial derivatives assets (net, marked to market)
  Forwards 0
  Swaps 3,066

Notes:
  1. There were no sales of gold settled in February. On February 28, gold holdings stood at 0.1 million ounces. The valuation is based on the February 28, 2006, London p.m. fix of US$556.00 per ounce.
  2. 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 February, Canada bills decreased by US$303 million to a level of outstanding bills of US$1,516 million. Cross-currency swaps of domestic obligations raised an equivalent of US$271 million.
  3. "Return on investments" comprises US$85 million of interest earned on investments and a US$39-million decrease in the market value of securities resulting from changes in interest rates.
  4. "Revaluation effects" reflect changes in the market value of reserve assets resulting from movements in exchange rates. In February, the revaluation effect was mainly due to the depreciation of the euro.
  5. "Net government operations" are the net purchases of foreign currency for government foreign exchange requirements and for additions to reserves.
  6. "Foreign currency securities" include maturities of foreign currency debt, cross-currency swap payments and an estimate of interest payments on foreign currency liabilities.
  7. "Securities lent under repurchase agreements" are included in total reserves. Collateral provided in securities-lending transactions is not included in total reserves.
  8. 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 April 5, 2006 (covering the period March 2006).

A list of upcoming release dates is posted on the Department of Finance Canada website, located at www.fin.gc.ca/invest_x/releaseDates_e.asp.

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For further information:

Sandra Lavoratore
Financial Markets Division
(613) 947-3919

David Gamble
Public Affairs and Operations Division
(613) 996-8080 

For further information on the Exchange Fund Account, please consult the 2004 Report on the Management of Canada's Official International Reserves, located at www.fin.gc.ca/toc/2005/oir05_-eng.asp.

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Official International Reserves (10-Year Synopsis)


US dollars Other currencies Gold SDRs IMF position Total

(millions of US dollars)
February 28, 2006 16,707 13,974 61 908 1,034 32,684
January 31, 2006 16,813 14,135 62 907 1,042 32,959
December 31, 2005 16,842 13,822 56 897 1,401 33,018
November 30, 2005 16,646 14,566 54 894 2,039 34,199
October 31, 2005 16,909 14,214 51 898 2,142 34,214
September 30, 2005 16,725 13,824 52 900 2,098 33,599
August 31, 2005 16,878 14,354 47 907 2,113 34,299
July 31, 2005 16,241 14,050 47 890 2,101 33,329
June 30, 2005 17,303 14,196 48 893 2,484 34,924
May 31, 2005 16,785 14,483 45 904 2,817 35,034
April 30, 2005 16,419 15,045 47 916 3,176 35,603
March 31, 2005 17,080 15,043 47 916 3,164 36,250
February 28, 2005 15,947 15,434 47 925 3,208 35,561

Dec. 31, 2004 14,426 15,740 48 925 3,327 34,466
Dec. 31, 2003 15,575 15,961 45 838 3,848 36,267
Dec. 31, 2002 17,946 14,739 205 712 3,567 37,169
Dec. 31, 2001 19,748 10,736 291 614 2,859 34,248
Dec. 31, 2000 21,692 7,327 323 574 2,508 32,424
Dec. 31, 1999 18,838 5,594 524 526 3,164 28,646
Dec. 31, 1998 15,907 4,004 122 1,097 2,297 23,427
Dec. 31, 1997 14,630 492 146 1,126 1,575 17,969
Dec. 31, 1996 17,521 507 155 1,168 1,227 20,578
Dec. 31, 1995 12,127 502 178 1,177 1,243 15,227