Hong Kong exchange fund up 7.4 bln USD in July

Publish time: 1st September, 2011      Source: ChinaCCM
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Hong Kong's total assets of the Exchange Fund went up 57.8 billion HK dollars (about 7.4 billion U. S. dollars) in July, bringing the balance to 2.491 trillion HK dollars by the end of the month, according to figures released by the Monetary Authority on Wednesday.

The figures showed foreign currency assets were up 47.6 billion HK dollars and Hong Kong dollar assets rose 10.2 billion HK dollars.

The rise in foreign-currency assets was mainly due to an increase in unsettled purchases of securities and valuation gains on foreign-currency investments. The rise in Hong Kong dollar assets was primarily due to placements received from Hong Kong government funds and statutory bodies.

The currency board account showed the monetary base at the end of July was 1.056 trillion HK dollars, up 1.5 billion HK dollars, or 0.1 percent, on the end of June. The rise was mainly because of an increase in certificates of indebtedness.

Backing assets went up 6.4 billion HK dollars to 1.1468 trillion HK dollars. The increase was largely attributable to the issuance of certificates of indebtedness together with revaluation gains and interest from investments.

The backing ratio increased from 108.14 percent at the end of June to 108.59 percent at the end of July. (1 U.S. dollar equals to 7.8 HK dollars)

Source: Xinhua