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S.Korea’s foreign reserves keep record-breaking trend in November

Posted on 05 December 2012 by VRS  |  Email |Print

South Korea’s foreign currency reserves maintained their record-breaking trend for four straight months in November amid the persistent current account surplus, central bank data showed Wednesday.
Bank of Korea (BOK) lifted its gold holdings by 14 tons last month in a bid to diversify its foreign reserves. Foreign reserves reached a fresh monthly high of 326.09 billion U.S. dollars as of the end of November, up from the previous record high of 323.46 billion dollars for October, according to the BOK………………………………………Full Article: Source

Philippine: Forex reserves to hit record high of $83bln by year-end — BSP

Posted on 05 December 2012 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Philippines’ foreign exchange reserves are set to reach a new high of $83 billion by the end of 2012, the central bank governor said Tuesday. “[The new gross international reserves forecasts are] $83 billion for this year and $86 billion for next year,” Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Amando Tetangco Jr. told reporters at the sidelines of a forum on financial education held at the central bank’s headquarters in Manila.
The country’s GIR is currently already at a record high of $82 billion, 6.6 times the country’s total foreign currency-denominated debts and enough to cover nearly a year’s worth of the Philippines’ import requirements, the BSP earlier reported………………………………………Full Article: Source

S.Korea FX reserves inch up

Posted on 05 November 2012 by VRS  |  Email |Print

South Korea’s foreign reserves edged up by the smallest amount in five months in October, central bank data said on Monday, indicating policymakers have yet to take active steps in weakening the won against the dollar.
Foreign reserves in Asia’s fourth-largest economy rose by $1.45 billion, or 0.5 percent to a record $323.46 billion in October mostly on investment gains, extending its record-setting growth into the third month, Bank of Korea data showed………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Egypt foreign reserves soar to $15.5bln

Posted on 30 October 2012 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Egypt’s foreign reserves probably rose $300-400 million in October thanks to loans from Qatar and Turkey, state-run al-Gomhuria newspaper reported on Monday, quoting an unnamed central bank official.
The reserves have fallen by more than half since a popular uprising in January 2011 that scared away tourists and investors, two of Egypt’s main sources of foreign currency. Reserves at the end of October will probably be $15.4 billion or $15.5 billion, up from $15.04 billion at the end of September, al-Gomhuria said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Nigeria: Foreign reserve hits U.S.$42 bln

Posted on 23 October 2012 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Nigeria’s foreign external reserves last week hit $42 billion as international rating agency, Fitch put the country’s Long-term foreign and local currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDR) at ‘BB-’ and ‘BB’ respectively with a Stable Outlook.
The reserves had been rising consistently over the past few months in line with the Coordinating Minister of the Economy’s aims at building the reserves to $50 billion before the end of the year (2012), so as to serve as cushion for the economy in case of any global economic recess………………………………………..Full Article: Source

S. Korean foreign reserves hit new high in Sept.

Posted on 05 October 2012 by VRS  |  Email |Print

South Korea’s foreign currency reserves hit a new high last month due to a rise in conversion value of non-dollar assets and a growth in investment returns, a report by the central bank showed Friday.
Foreign reserves reached a fresh record high of 322.01 billion US dollars as of the end of September, up 5.13 billion dollars from a month earlier, according to the Bank of Korea (BOK). The September figure was higher than the previous record of 316. 88 billion dollars tallied in August, and stayed above the 300- billion-dollar mark since April 2011 when it topped the level for the first time………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Reserves of the National Fund of Kazakhstan amount to $85 bln

Posted on 18 September 2012 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Grigory MarchenkoReserves of the National Fund of Kazakhstan and gold assets amounted to $85 billion, Ak Orda said on Monday referring to the head of the Of the National Bank Grigory Marchenko. Marchenko informed the president about the situation in the financial sector of the country, particularly in the banking sector and the exchange market during the meeting.
Marchenko noted that the situation on the currency market and the banking sector remains stable. The inflation rate in the country is rather low standing at 4.7 per cent………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Algeria’s foreign exchange reserves hit $186 bln in June 2012

Posted on 12 September 2012 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Algeria’s foreign exchange reserves increased by 2.2 percent to $186.32 billion in late June of 2012, compared to the end of 2011, local media reported Tuesday. Quoting Governor of Algeria’s Central Bank Mohamed Laksaci, APS press agency said the reserves, excluding gold, was $182.22 billion in late December 2011, while the external debt which was around $4.4 billion at the end of 2011, was reduced to $3.99 billion in June 2012.
During the presentation of monetary and financial trends in first half of 2012, Laksaci told media that the external current account, key element of the balance of payments, recorded a surplus of $10.8 billion in the context of relative improvement in trade balance and net inflows in title transfers………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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S. Korea’s FX reserves hit new high in August

Posted on 05 September 2012 by VRS  |  Email |Print

South Korea’s foreign reserves rose to a fresh high in August as investment profit gained and a weaker dollar boosted the conversion value of non-dollar assets, the central bank said Wednesday.
The country’s foreign reserves reached US$316.88 billion as of the end of August, up $2.53 billion from the previous month, according to the Bank of Korea (BOK). The foreign reserves’ previous record high came in April when they hit $316.84 billion. In July, the BOK increased its gold holdings to 70.4 tonnes, its first purchase this year. The bank bought gold twice last year, marking the first purchase in 13 years……………………………………..Full Article: Source

Egypt’s foreign reserves rise by $705mln

Posted on 03 September 2012 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Egypt’s foreign reserves increased by $705 million in August, resuming their rise after having fallen the month before, the central bank said on Sunday.
Net international reserves rose to $15.13 billion at the end of August from $14.42 billion at the end of July, it said on its website………………………………………..Full Article: Source

China FX invest to avoid chasing short-term market move

Posted on 30 August 2012 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Investment of China’s huge foreign exchange reserves need to avoid chasing short-term market movements, which could become speculative. The central bank owned newspaper said its becoming increasingly challenging to invest China’s huge amount of foreign exchange reserves because of turmoil in the world financial markets.
It said the PBOC will stick to diversification of China’s forex reserves but will avoid chasing short term market moves. Lou Jiwei, chairman of China Investment Corp, the country’s sovereign wealth fund, said in an interview with Wall Street Journal in June that there is too much risk in Europe’s public markets and CIC has reduced its exposure to that………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Serbia’s foreign-exchange reserves declined 0.2pct in July

Posted on 15 August 2012 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Serbia’s foreign-exchange reserves fell 0.2 percent in July as lenders withdrew more funds to boost their capital. Reserves declined to 10.14 billion euros ($12.53 billion) in July from 10.16 billion euros in June and 12.1 billion euros at the end of 2011, the Belgrade-based Narodna Banka Srbije said in an e-mail today. Lenders withdrew 167.4 million euros from mandatory reserves, the central bank said.
Net reserves, excluding deposits by commercial lenders and money from the International Monetary Fund, rose to 5.53 billion euros from 5.42 billion euros in June, it said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Japan’s forex reserves increase in July

Posted on 07 August 2012 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Japan’s foreign exchange reserves increased in July, the latest figures from the Ministry of Finance showed Tuesday. Total reserve assets amounted to $1.273 trillion at the end of July compared to $1.271 trillion at the end of June.
At the end of last month, Japan’s foreign currency reserves stood at $1.20 trillion, up from June’s $1.18 trillion. IMF reserves amounted to $15.55 billion. Special Drawing Rights totaled $19.46 billion and gold reserves stood at $39.91 billion………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Brazil’s foreign reserves rise $2.2 bln in July from June

Posted on 03 August 2012 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Brazil’s foreign currency reserves picked up $2.24 billion in July from the previous month, as the value of the country’s investments increased.
Foreign exchange reserves, which are a significant part of Brazil’s protection against global crises, totaled $376.2 billion in July, up from the $373.9 billion recorded in June, the Central Bank of Brazil said on its website Thursday………………………………………..Full Article: Source

India’s forex reserves rise by $589 mln‎

Posted on 30 July 2012 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The country’s foreign exchange reserves went up by $589 million to $287.34 billion for the week ended 20 July amid rise in core currency assets, the Reserve Bank said. The reserves had fallen by $872.7 million to $286.75 billion in the previous reporting week.
Foreign currency assets, a major component of the forex reserves, were up by $565.5 million to $255.10 billion during the reporting week, the Reserve Bank said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

China invests $500 mln in Blackstone fund

Posted on 27 July 2012 by VRS  |  Email |Print

China’s currency-reserves manager has committed $500 million to a real-estate private-equity fund managed by Blackstone Group LP, according to people familiar with the matter, as China seeks to diversify its mammoth foreign-exchange holdings into higher-yielding assets.
The State Administration of Foreign Exchange, an arm of China’s central bank that oversees the country’s $3.2 trillion in foreign-exchange reserves, has been increasingly looking for investments in private equity as a way to enhance returns on the reserves. China boasts the world’s largest currency reserves, much of which have been parked in ultra-low-yielding assets such as U.S. government bonds………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Azerbaijan’s official reserve assets exceed $10.907 bln

Posted on 25 July 2012 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Central Bank of Azerbaijan reports of further moderate sustained growth of official reserve assets in 2012. The Bank informs that official reserve assets from January to July rose from $10.145 bn up to $10.907 bn. Foreign exchange reserves grew for Jan-June 2012 from $9.91 bn up to $10.669 bn and finances invested in securities from $1.86 bn up to $3.644 bn.
By 1 July 2012 Azerbaijan’s official reserve assets were estimated lower than 25% of its strategic foreign exchange reserves (about $44 bn)………………………………………..Full Article: Source

China’s dilemma - where to park all those funds?

Posted on 20 July 2012 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The People’s Bank of China buys more than $US2 billion of foreign exchange each working day from Chinese businesses and foreign investors to hold back the appreciation of the nation’s currency - the yuan.
This hoarding has resulted in an unprecedented expansion of country’s foreign exchange reserves. It has increased 160-fold from a measly $US20 billion in 1993 to a staggering $US3.2 trillion in 2012………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Serbia’s foreign-exchange reserves drop in June on dinar defense

Posted on 12 July 2012 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Serbia’s foreign-exchange reserves fell 0.1 percent in June as the National Bank of Serbia spent euros to bolster the dinar and the government repaid debt.
Reserves declined to 10.16 billion euros ($12.5 billion) in June from 10.17 billion in May and 12.1 billion euros at the end of 2011, the Belgrade-based Narodna Banka Srbije said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Egypt’s foreign reserves climb by $18 mln in June

Posted on 09 July 2012 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Egypt’s foreign reserves rose by $18 million in June to $15.53 billion, their third month of increases after having dropped every month since the uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak in February 2011, the central bank said on its website on Sunday.
Reserves were $15.52 billion at the end of May and $26.57 billion at the end of June 2011. They have plunged by more than half since Egypt’s political turmoil scared away tourists and investors, two of Egypt’s main sources of foreign currency………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Denmark foreign reserves hit record

Posted on 04 July 2012 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Denmark’s foreign reserves reached a record high in June after the central bank entered markets to reduce pressure on the krone to appreciate, as investors fled the turmoil of the euro-zone for safe havens including assets of the Nordic country.
The Nationalbanken, Denmark’s central bank, said Tuesday it bought 7.3 billion Danish krone ($1.24 billion) of foreign currency in June, bringing its purchases of other nations’ currencies so far this year to the equivalent of DKK36.9 billion………………………………………..Full Article: Source

S. Korea’s foreign reserves grow to 312.38 bln USD in June

Posted on 03 July 2012 by VRS  |  Email |Print

South Korea’s foreign reserves grew in June to 312.38 billion U.S. dollars due to a rise in conversion value of non-dollar denominated assets and a growth in investment returns, the central bank said Tuesday.
Foreign reserves reached 312.38 billion U.S. dollars as of the end of June, up 1.51 billion U.S. dollars from a month earlier, according to the Bank of Korea (BOK)………………………………………..Full Article: Source

India’s FE kitty down $0.76 bln

Posted on 02 July 2012 by VRS  |  Email |Print

India’s foreign exchange reserves fell by $0.76 billion to $288.62 billion for the week ended June 22, official data showed. The RBI is believed to have been selling dollars during the week to curb the slide in the rupee’s value. Incidentally, the rupee gained strength on Friday, a gain of 2 per cent over Thursday’s close of Rs 56.81 to a dollar, at Rs 55.64.
Over the week, the partially convertible rupee slumped to an all-time low of 57.33 against the US dollar………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Azerbaijan’s official reserve assets exceed $10.7 bln

Posted on 29 June 2012 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Central Bank of Azerbaijan reports of further moderate sustained growth of official reserve assets in 2012.
The Bank informs that official reserve assets from January to June rose from $10.145 bn up to $10.767 bn. Foreign exchange reserves grew for Jan-May 2012 from $9.9 bn up to $10.5 bn and finances invested in securities from $1.86 bn up to $2.399 bn………………………………………..Full Article: Source

For China, the euro is a safer bet than the dollar

Posted on 21 June 2012 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Chinese purchases in Europe are likely to expand in the future as the debt crisis in some eurozone members provides investors with lucrative opportunities.
To this end, in March 2012 the Chinese government injected $30 billion into the China Investment Corporation (the Chinese sovereign wealth fund) to be used specifically for acquiring industrial and strategic assets in Europe………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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India’s forex reserves grow to $287.37 bln

Posted on 18 June 2012 by VRS  |  Email |Print

After falling for five straight weeks, India’s foreign exchange reserves grew by $1.52 billion to $287.37 billion for the week ended June 8, 2012, official data showed. The reserves had plunged by $2.40 billion to $285.85 billion for the week ended June 1, apparently due to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) selling dollars to defend the rupee.
The reserves had declined by $1.74 billion and $1.80 billion respectively in the previous two weeks of June 1, 2012………………………………………..Full Article: Source

‘Not clear’ China wants renminbi to rival dollar, says CIC’s Lau

Posted on 15 June 2012 by VRS  |  Email |Print

China is pushing for the renminbi to be used more widely in commerce and finance but it is unclear if Beijing wants its currency to rival the US dollar and euro, says CIC’s Lawrence Lau.
China may eschew the multi-billion dollar annual benefits enjoyed by major reserve currency seigniorage - the revenue that a government raises by printing money that is held overseas - as this would result in Beijing having to run a trade deficit, according to Lawrence Lau, chairman of the Hong Kong arm of China sovereign wealth fund CIC………………………………………..Full Article: Source

The story of India’s falling forex reserves

Posted on 13 June 2012 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Echoing former Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor C. Rangarajan, Ashima Goyal, a member of the central bank’s technical advisory committee, has called upon RBI to use foreign currency reserves to support the rupee.
However, as data for 1 June shows, India’s foreign exchange reserves fell for a sixth straight week. While the total figure of $285 billion looks comfortable enough, note that the cover they provide is dwindling. In 2007, the forex kitty amounted to three times the external financing requirements (short-term debt plus current account deficit), according to Citigroup estimates. That has fallen to 1.7 times for 2012………………………………………..Full Article: Source

CIC’s Jin says other countries may follow if Greece exits euro

Posted on 23 May 2012 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Jin Liqun, chairman of China Investment Corp.’s supervisory board, said European authorities have shown a “lack of leadership” on the euro area’s debt crisis and other countries may leave if Greece exits the single currency bloc.
“Ever since the debt crisis broke out, there has never been a master plan for a resolution,” Jin said at an event hosted by the Centre for Policy Studies in London late yesterday. “The core members of the monetary union certainly have to keep an eye out for possible copycats should the Greeks be allowed to escape from the crisis unscathed.”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

CIC official : Yuan could be used in 10pct of settlements in 10 years

Posted on 23 May 2012 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The yuan could be used to settle 10% to 15% of international transactions in 10 or 20 years time, a senior official at China’s sovereign wealth fund said Tuesday.
Jin Liqun, chairman of the supervisory board of China Investment Corp., said China’s currency is “well on its way” to becoming an international reserve currency but its role is still “insignificant” compared to the dollar or euro………………………………………..Full Article: Source

China cbank plans new $10bln forex reserve vehicle

Posted on 10 May 2012 by VRS  |  Email |Print

China’s central bank plans to give $10 billion from its huge pile of foreign exchange reserves to a new entity to assist Chinese state firms invest abroad, four sources with direct knowledge of the matter said on Wednesday.
The People’s Bank of China is in talks with China Reform Holdings Corporation Ltd, a state firm controlled by the State-owned Asset Supervision and Administration Commission, to set up a joint venture, probably abroad, the sources told Reuters………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Norges Bank to spend NOK350M a day in forex markets in May

Posted on 02 May 2012 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Norway’s central bank said Monday it plans to buy foreign currency worth 350 million Norwegian kroner ($61.2 million) a day in May for its oil fund, continuing on the same pace since January.
Norges Bank has sold NOK350 million a day since January to buy foreign currency for the Pension Fund Global, which is also known as Norway’s oil fund. Norges Bank manages the fund, the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund, according to a report from consulting firm Monitor Group. The fund was set up in 1990 to safeguard Norway’s oil wealth and has a market value of over $600 billion………………………………………..Full Article: Source

S. Korea’s foreign reserves hit record high in March

Posted on 03 April 2012 by VRS  |  Email |Print

South Korea’s foreign exchange reserves soared to a fresh high in March as the strength of the euro and other currencies boosted the conversion value of those assets, the central bank said Tuesday.
The country’s foreign reserves reached a record high of US$315.95 billion at the end of last month, up $150 million from February, according to the Bank of Korea (BOK)………………………………………..Full Article: Source

More than half the emerging markets are now investment grade

Posted on 09 March 2012 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Increased foreign exchange reserves and more sophisticated monetary policies have contributed to the improving fundamentals of emerging market countries.
The emerging market debt universe has continued to grow and widen its parameters. Inflows to dedicated EM fixed income funds are expected to remain stable at US$40 billion in 2012 supported by allocations from domestic pension funds and sovereign wealth funds………………………………………..Full Article: Source

China’s CIC works on funding mechanism

Posted on 07 March 2012 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Wang JianxiBoosted by a one-time $30 billion capital injection, China Investment Corp. is working on a system through which the sovereign-wealth fund would get continued funding from the Chinese government and potentially play a bigger role in helping diversify the country’s vast foreign-exchange reserves.
“We very much hope for a clear [funding] mechanism just like what other, more mature, sovereign-wealth funds have,” said Wang Jianxi, CIC’s executive vice president, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Japan Feb foreign reserves at $1.303 trln

Posted on 07 March 2012 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Japan’s foreign reserves declined to $1.303 trillion at the end of February, the Ministry of Finance said on Wednesday.
Japan sold about 1 trillion yen ($12.39 billion) in “stealth” currency market intervention that was not announced to the market during the first four days in November, the finance ministry said last month………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Kazakh gold/forex reserves rise to $34.8 bln in Feb

Posted on 06 March 2012 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Kazakhstan’s net gold and foreign currency reserves rose to $34.8 billion as of Feb. 29 from $33.1 billion on Jan. 31, the central bank said on Monday.
The National Fund, replenished by windfall revenues from oil exports, totalled $47.4 billion as of Feb. 29, the bank said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

S. Korea’s foreign reserves hit record high in Feb

Posted on 05 March 2012 by VRS  |  Email |Print

South Korea’s foreign exchange reserve soared to a fresh high in February as the strength of the euro and the British pound boosted the conversion value of those assets, the central bank said Monday.
The country’s foreign reserves reached a record high of US$315.8 billion as of the end of last month, up 4.46 billion from January, according to the Bank of Korea (BOK)………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Brazil real advances as mantega rules out investment tax to stem inflows

Posted on 02 March 2012 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Brazil’s real rose after Finance Minister Guido Mantega said the government wasn’t considering taxes on foreign direct investments as he laid out a plan to stem the currency’s appreciation, easing investor concern policy makers would take stronger steps to limit capital inflows.
Mantega said policy makers can also use the sovereign wealth fund to buy dollars to protect the real from excessive global liquidity. ………………………………………….Full Article: Source

Norway to buy NOK 350 mln in forex daily for SWF in March

Posted on 01 March 2012 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Norway’s central bank will purchase foreign exchange equivalent to 350 million Norwegian crowns ($62.8 million) per day in March for the country’s oil fund, the bank said on Wednesday on its page, continuing its February practice.
Last month the central bank said it would buy foreign exchange equivalent to 350 million crowns a day so the fund could invest money in foreign stocks and bonds………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Brazil sovereign fund could buy dollars-official

Posted on 29 February 2012 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Brazilian government could use its sovereign wealth fund to buy dollars in the spot foreign-exchange market, but for now will leave it to the central bank to intervene, Brazil’s National Treasury Secretary Arno Augustin said on Tuesday.………………………………………Full Article: Source

Brazil rules out dollar purchase with wealth fund, Augustin says

Posted on 29 February 2012 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Brazil’s government doesn’t plan at the moment to use the country’s sovereign wealth fund to purchase dollars, Treasury Secretary Arno Agustin said.
While the fund can be used to intervene in the currency market, “we haven’t carried out that possibility yet,” Augustin told reporters in Brasilia today. “We continue with a currency policy that is concentrated at the central bank.”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Papua New Guinea: Parliament passes Sovereign Wealth Fund Bill

Posted on 23 February 2012 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Peter O’NeillParliament passed the Bill to establish the Sovereign Wealth Fund for Papua New Guinea unopposed. The first vote on the Bill presented by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill was 80-0 while the second result was 78-0, surpassing the absolute majority vote of 73.
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill thanked Members of Parliament for passing the bill to establish the sovereign wealth fund. “The establishment of the fund is very important for our nation’s development. The fund gives us the opportunity to protect and grow surplus wealth from the export of our mineral resources, and our oil and gas,” Mr O’Neill said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Sweden’s central bank to top up foreign currency reserve

Posted on 22 February 2012 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Sweden’s central bank said it has decided to borrow the equivalent of 10 billion kronor ($1.5 billion) in foreign currency through the Debt Office to restore reserves.
Participation in loan arrangements from the International Monetary Fund in recent years has entailed the use of funds from the foreign currency reserve, the Stockholm-based bank said in a statement………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Kazakh gross international reserves made $ 33.2 bln

Posted on 15 February 2012 by VRS  |  Email |Print

In January 2012 there was an increase in international reserves of the National Bank of Kazakhstan. Gross international reserves grew by 13.1% up to USD 33.2 billion, Chairman of the National Bank Grigory Marchenko told reporters on Tuesday.
The net international reserves increased by 15.2% and made USD 33.1 billion. Government’s external debt servicing and replenishment of the National Fund’s assets from the accounts of foreign exchange reserves were more than compensated for by currency supply to the accounts of the Government in the National Bank and growth of balances on correspondent accounts of banks in foreign currency………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Over half of Azerbaijani State Oil Fund’s investment portfolio concentrated in dollars

Posted on 13 February 2012 by VRS  |  Email |Print

In 2011, 52.68 percent of the total investment portfolio of the State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan (SOFAZ) is concentrated in dollars (about $15.61 billion), SOFAZ told Trend on Saturday. The total amount of SOFAZ’s investment portfolio in 2011 amounted to about $29.63 billion, which comprises 99.43 percent of total assets.
Some 41.66 percent of SOFAZ’s portfolio is concentrated in euros (about 9.54 billion euros), 5.65 percent — in British pound sterling (about 1.09 billion pounds sterling)………………………………………..Full Article: Source

India’s forex reserves adds $673.4 mln, total holdings now at $293.93 bln

Posted on 06 February 2012 by VRS  |  Email |Print

India’s foreign exchange reserves increased by $673.4 million to $293.93 billion for the week ended Jan 27, Reserve Bank of India data showed. The forex reserves have risen for the second week after six straight weeks of decline.

They had increased by $731.8 million for the week ended Jan 20 after slumping by $14.25 billion in the previous six weeks. A strong rally in the Indian equities markets and rebound in the value of rupee on the back of huge inflow of funds from overseas investors have helped in increase in the foreign exchange reserves……………………………………….Full Article: Source

S. Korea’s foreign reserves grow in 3 months

Posted on 02 February 2012 by VRS  |  Email |Print

South Korea’s foreign reserves grew for the first time in three months in January due to a rise in conversion value of non-dollar denominated assets and an increase in investment profits, the central bank said Thursday.
Foreign reserves reached 311.34 billion U.S. dollars as of the end of January, up 4.94 billion dollars from a month earlier, according to the Bank of Korea (BOK)………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Five myths about China’s power

Posted on 27 January 2012 by VRS  |  Email |Print

China owns roughly $2 trillion in U.S. Treasury and mortgage-backed debt and $800 billion in European bonds. These massive holdings may cause anxiety in the West and give Beijing a lot of prestige and bragging rights — but they haven’t afforded China a lot of diplomatic sway.

China’s sovereign wealth fund, which invests part of those reserves, has favored low-risk assets (such as a recent minority stake in a British water utility) and has sought to avoid geopolitical controversy. And in the European debt crisis, China has been conspicuously absent……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Foreign reserves: Time to consider new options

Posted on 23 January 2012 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Over the past few years, Saudi Arabia has accrued significant budget surpluses resulting from increased oil production and higher oil prices. Some of those surpluses have been used as foreign reserves of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA).
With new leadership at the helm of SAMA, it may be time to revisit the rather costly policy of maintaining high levels of reserves. We should explore options to manage those surpluses, now that they have grown way beyond the strict needs of monetary policy………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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