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2007-069

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- Official International Reserves 2007 -


The Department of Finance announced today that Canada's official international reserves decreased by an amount equivalent to US$2 million during August to US$40,301 million.

Details on the level and composition of Canada's reserves as of August 31, 2007, 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 35,059
Deposits    3,524
Total securities and deposits (liquid reserves) 38,583
Gold1 73
Special drawing rights (SDRs) 985
Reserve position in the IMF       660
Total:  August 31, 2007 40,301
July 31, 2007   40,303

Net change

-2

Details on Deposits
Other central banks/Bank  for International Settlements 834
Banks headquartered in Canada 0
   Of which: located abroad 0
Banks headquartered abroad 2,690
   Of which: located in Canada 0

          

Total

3,524

Details of Net Change
Reserves management operations2

-286

Gains and losses on gold sales 0
Net investment gains and losses
   Return on investments3 371
   Foreign currency debt charges -24
   Revaluation effects4 -63
Net government operations5 0
Official intervention 0
Other transactions          0

Net change

-2

Currency Composition of Deposits and Securities
US dollars 19,989
Euro 18,079
Yen       515

Total

35,583

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

Foreign currency securities6 Principal -1,208 -1,528 -4,728 -7,464
Interest -81 -228 -1,264 -1,573
Aggregate short forward positions in foreign currencies vis-à-vis Canadian dollar -600 -150 0 -750
Aggregate long forward positions in foreign currencies vis-à-vis Canadian dollar         0         0         0         0
Total net drains -1,889 -1,906 -5,992 -9,787

Additional Information (Nominal Value)
Undrawn, unconditional credit lines with banks headquartered outside Canada 0
Securities lent under repurchase agreements7 -2,503
Securities held under repurchase agreements8 1,890
Financial derivatives assets (net, marked to market)
   Forwards 0
   Swaps 3,176

Notes:

1. There were no sales of gold settled in August. On August 31, gold holdings stood at 0.1 million ounces. The valuation is based on the August 31, 2007, London p.m. fix of US$672 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 August, Canada bills increased by US$314 million to a level of outstanding bills of US$2,183 million. A total of US$600 million in swaps matured.

3. "Return on investments" comprises US$126 million of interest earned on investments and a US$245-million increase 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 August, 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 October 3, 2007 (covering the period September 2007).

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

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For further information, media may contact:

Clifton Lee-Sing
Financial Markets Division Department of Finance
613-943-1944

David Gamble
Media Relations Department of Finance
613-996-8080 

For further information on the Exchange Fund Account, please consult the Report on the Management of Canada's Official International Reserves-January 1, 2005-March 31, 2006, located at www.fin.gc.ca/toc/2006/oir06_-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)

August 31, 2007

19,989

18,594

73

985

660

40,301

July 31, 2007

20,067

18,494

73

984

685

40,303

June 30, 2007

19,487

18,186

71

974

695

39,413

May 31, 2007

20,088

18,271

72

972

693

40,096

April 30, 2007

19,982

18,435

74

978

714

40,183

March 31, 2007

19,548

17,991

72

976

722

39,309

February 28, 2007

16,771

17,781

72

966

720

36,310

January 31, 2007

16,679

17,379

71

954

825

35,908

December 31, 2006

15,608

17,590

69

963

833

35,063

November 30, 2006

16,423

18,152

70

965

867

36,477

October 31, 2006

16,256

17,432

66

944

945

35,643

September 30, 2006

16,755

17,166

65

941

1,090

36,017

August 31, 2006

17,010

16,727

68

949

1,099

35,853


Dec. 31, 2005

16,842

13,822

56

897

1,401

33,018

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