Ottawa, April 3, 2009
2009-034

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$331 million during March to US$43,524 million.

Details on the level and composition of Canada's reserves as of March 31, 2009, 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 40,176
Deposits  734
Total securities and deposits
(liquid reserves)
40,910
   
Gold1 100
Special drawing rights (SDRs) 964
Reserve position in the IMF 1,550
Total: March 31, 2009 43,524
  February 27, 2009 43,193
Net change 331

Details on Deposits
Other central banks/Bank for
   International Settlements
734
Banks headquartered in Canada 0
   Of which: located abroad 0  
Banks headquartered abroad 0
   Of which: located in Canada 0       
Total 734

Details of Net Change
Reserves management operations2 -711
Gains and losses on gold sales 0
Net investment gains and losses  
   Return on investments3 294
   Foreign currency debt charges -90
   Revaluation effects4 838
Net government operations5 0
Official intervention 0
Other transactions         0
Net change 331

Currency Composition of Deposits and Securities
US dollars 22,871
Euro 17,956
Yen      83
Total 40,910
Predetermined Short-Term Drains on Foreign Currency Reserves (Nominal Value)
  0-1
month
1-3
months
3-12
months
Total
Foreign currency
securities6
Principal -3,248 -3,440 -4,631 -11,319
Interest -107 -489 -541 -1,137
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 -3,355 -3,929 -5,173 -12,456

Additional Information (Nominal Value)
Undrawn, unconditional credit lines with
   banks headquartered outside Canada
0    
Securities lent under repurchase agreements7 0    
Securities held under repurchase agreements8 434    
Financial derivatives assets
(net, marked to market)
     
   Forwards 0    
   Swaps -1,789    

Notes:

1. There were no sales of gold settled in March. On March 31, gold holdings stood at 0.1 million ounces. The valuation is based on the March 31, 2009, London p.m. fix of US$917 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 March, Canada bills increased by US$128 million to a level of outstanding bills of US$6,904 million. A total of US$368 million of cross-currency swaps of domestic obligations were raised while US$692 million in swaps matured. In addition, an equivalent of US$515 million in Canada notes matured during March.

3. "Return on investments" comprises US$102 million of interest earned on investments and a US$192-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 March, 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 May 5, 2009 (covering the period April 2009).

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For further information on the Exchange Fund Account, please consult the Report on the Management of Canada's Official International Reserves—April 1, 2007–March 31, 2008, located at



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Official International Reserves (10-Year Synopsis)
  US dollars Other currencies Gold SDRs IMF position Total

  (millions of US dollars)
March 31, 2009 22,871 18,039 100 964 1,550 43,524
February 27, 2009 23,384 17,471 104 946 1,288 43,193
January 30, 2009 23,133 17,226 100 960 1,310 42,729
December 31, 2008 22,804 18,733 95 991 1,249 43,872
November 28, 2008 22,389 16,913 89 962 1,212 41,565
October 31, 2008 23,316 16,318 80 957 731 41,402
September 30, 2008 22,987 18,130 96 1,002 765 42,980
August 29, 2008 22,305 18,450 91 1,010 738 42,594
July 31, 2008 21,767 18,988 100 1,042 762 42,659
June 30, 2008 19,964 21,967 101 1,050 773 43,855
May 30, 2008 19,919 21,763 97 1,042 767 43,588
April 30, 2008 19,892 21,912 95 1,044 659 43,602
March 31, 2008 18,896 22,329 102 1,062 668 43,057

December 31, 2008 22,804 18,733 95 991 1,249 43,872
December 31, 2007 19,257 20,057 91 1,015 661 41,081
December 31, 2006 15,608 17,590 69 963 833 35,063
December 31, 2005 16,842 13,822 56 897 1,401 33,018
December 31, 2004 14,426 15,740 48 925 3,327 34,466
December 31, 2003 15,575 15,961 45 838 3,848 36,267
December 31, 2002 17,946 14,739 205 712 3,567 37,169
December 31, 2001 19,748 10,736 291 614 2,859 34,248
December 31, 2000 21,692 7,327 323 574 2,508 32,424
December 31, 1999 18,838 5,594 524 526 3,164 28,646
December 31, 1998 15,907 4,004 122 1,097 2,297 23,427