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2008-024

Archived - Official International Reserves

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- Monthly Official International Reserves Results Archive -


The Department of Finance announced today that Canada's official international reserves increased by an amount equivalent to US$1,352 million during February to US$43,613 million.

Details on the level and composition of Canada's reserves as of February 29, 2008, 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

38,722

Deposits

 3,096

Total securities and deposits (liquid reserves)

41,818

Gold1

106

Special drawing rights (SDRs)

1,035

Reserve position in the IMF

 654

Total: February 29, 2008

43,613

  January 31, 2008

42,261

Net change

1,352


Details on Deposits
Other central banks/Bank for International Settlements

560

Banks headquartered in Canada

0

  Of which: located abroad

0

Banks headquartered abroad

2,536

  Of which: located in Canada

0

        

Total

3,096


Details of Net Change
Reserves management operations2

622

Gains and losses on gold sales

0

Net investment gains and losses
  Return on investments3

281

  Foreign currency debt charges

-22

  Revaluation effects4

471

Net government operations5

0

Official intervention

0

Other transactions

    0

Net change

1,352


Currency Composition of Deposits and Securities
US dollars

20,013

Euro

21,233

Yen

       572

Total

41,818


Predetermined Short-Term Drains on Foreign Currency Reserves (Nominal Value)

0-1
month

1-3
months

3-12
months

Total


Foreign currency securities6 Principal

-1,705

-846

-7,667

-10,219

  Interest

-107

-176

-1,217

-1,500

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

-1,812

-1,022

-8,885

-11,719


Additional Information (Nominal Value)
Undrawn, unconditional credit lines with banks headquartered outside Canada

0

Securities lent under repurchase agreements7

-2,561

Securities held under repurchase agreements8

1,729

Financial derivatives assets (net, marked to market)
  Forwards

0

  Swaps

3,925


Notes:
1. There were no sales of gold settled in February. On February 29, gold holdings stood at 0.1 million ounces. The valuation is based on the February 29, 2008, London p.m. fix of US$972 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 increased by US$111 million to a level of outstanding bills of US$2,076 million. A total of US$511 million of cross-currency swaps of domestic obligations were raised.

3. "Return on investments" comprises US$117 million of interest earned on investments and a US$164-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 February, the revaluation effect was mainly due to the appreciation 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 3, 2008 (covering the period March 2008).

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-April 1, 2006-March 31, 2007, located at www.fin.gc.ca/toc/2007/oir07_-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 29, 2008

20,013

21,805

106

1,035

654

43,613

January 31, 2008

19,804

20,662

101

1,026

668

42,261

December 31, 2007

19,257

20,057

91

1,015

661

41,081

November 30, 2007

18,914

20,146

85

1,022

685

40,852

October 31, 2007

19,218

19,806

86

1,010

677

40,797

September 30, 2007

19,452

19,777

81

1,001

671

40,982

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


Dec. 31, 2007

19,257

20,057

91

1,015

661

41,081

Dec. 31, 2006

15,608

17,590

69

963

833

35,063

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