Economy - published on 07 January 2022
Press release European Central Bank
In the week ending 31 December 2021 the increase of EUR 41.4 billion in gold and gold receivables (asset item 1) reflected quarterly revaluation adjustments.
The net position of the Eurosystem in foreign currency (asset items 2 and 3 minus liability items 7, 8 and 9) rose by EUR 6.7 billion to EUR 329 billion. This change was due to the effects of the
quarterly revaluation of assets and liabilities of EUR 5.3 billion and an increase of EUR 1.5 billion on account of customer and portfolio transactions.
As a result of the Eurosystem’s open market operations and standing facilities, net lending to credit institutions (asset item 5 minus liability items 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5 and 4) decreased by EUR
100.8 billion to EUR 1,420.1 billion. This was due primarily to the change in the level of the deposit facility (liability item 2.2).
Base money (liability items 1, 2.1 and 2.2) fell by EUR 144.6 billion to EUR 5,836.1 billion.
The table below provides the detailed breakdown of securities held for monetary policy purposes (asset item 7.1) into the different portfolios. All portfolios are accounted for at amortised cost.