F5 Reserve Bank foreign currency assets and liabilities

Released
30 March 2017 03:00 p.m.
Next release
27 April 2017 03:00 p.m.
Source
Reserve Bank of New Zealand
Periodicity
Monthly
Data files
F5 (2004-current) (XLS 50 KB)
(NZ$ million) Total foreign currency assets Total foreign currency liabilities Outstanding foreign exchange swap commitments Net open foreign currency1 Foreign currency intervention capacity2 Net NZD purchased (sold) during month (trade date basis)3
Previous years:
Feb 2015 22,582 -3,670 -15,729 3,184 9,617 -13
Feb 2016 22,007 -3,044 -15,804 3,159 10,740 -9
Monthly:
Mar 2016 21,386 -2,776 -15,509 3,100 10,349 6
Apr 2016 21,272 -2,713 -15,467 3,092 10,581 11
May 2016 24,779 -3,199 -18,445 3,135 10,832 -9
Jun 2016 22,243 -2,584 -16,700 2,959 10,268 3
Jul 2016 19,736 -2,423 -14,343 2,971 10,181 3
Aug 2016 22,341 -2,696 -16,704 2,941 10,413 5
Sep 2016 20,843 -2,162 -15,744 2,937 10,448 -1
Oct 2016 21,615 -2,679 -16,003 2,933 10,508 1
Nov 2016 20,716 -2,479 -15,335 2,902 10,693 3
Dec 2016 22,681 -2,427 -17,329 2,925 9,909 -
Jan 2017 22,764 -2,397 -17,532 2,834 9,679 -1
Feb 2017 22,608 -2,897 -16,834 2,877 9,789 -1
  1. Net open foreign currency position: The Bank's net foreign currency exposure arising from foreign currency assets, foreign currency liabilities and derivative contracts. A positive number represents an aggregate net 'long' exposure to foreign currencies. The Reserve Bank's long and short exposures to various currencies are netted.
  2. Foreign currency intervention capacity: Foreign currency assets that are readily liquefiable less foreign currency liabilities that fall due in the next 12 months.
  3. Net New Zealand dollars purchased (sold) during the month: The net value of outright sales and purchases of New Zealand dollars on a trade date basis. A positive number represents net purchases of New Zealand dollars during the month. This excludes purchases of foreign currency in respect of the Bank's operating expenses that are foreign currency denominated.

The Data: Coverage, Periodicity, and Timeliness

Coverage characteristics

Data are published as end of month figures in millions of New Zealand dollars.

The following data is collected and is detailed further in the Series description:

  • Total foreign currency assets
  • Total foreign currency liabilities
  • Outstanding foreign currency swap and forward commitments
  • Other foreign currency commitments
  • Net open foreign currency position
  • Net NZD purchased (sold) during the month

Data on liabilities and assets denominated in foreign currency are also included in table R1.

The series start from July 2004.

Periodicity

Monthly

Timeliness

Data is released on the last week of the month after the end of the reference month. An exception to this is information as at the end of the financial year (June) which is published in the first week of August.

Access by the public

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Provision of information about revisions and advance notice of major changes in methodology

Provisional data are italicised. Data are deemed provisional when a series is under review. New data, or revised data, are in bold font. Revisions are generally published when the table is next due to be updated and released. Should revisions need to be made more promptly, a note is posted on the website.

Any major changes in methodology will be posted here on this website.

Quality

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Series data are prepared in accordance with New Zealand generally accepted accounting practice. Specific accounting policies are disclosed in the Reserve Bank's Annual Report.

Dissemination of statistics that support statistical cross-check and provide assurance of reasonableness

The full Reserve Bank Annual Report (subject to audit).

Data are consistent with the Reserve Bank of New Zealand liabilities and assets on table R1.

Last updated September 2014

Foreign currency assets and liabilities currency flows

Total foreign currency assets

Foreign currency assets are the aggregate foreign currency assets reported in table R1.

This includes all foreign currency denominated assets on a trade date basis valued using accounting policies disclosed in the Reserve Bank Annual Report.

For clarification, foreign currency denominated assets include:

  • cash, marketable securities, accrued interest and derivatives;
  • amounts receivable under reverse repurchase agreements;
  • units in the Asian Bond Fund 1 and 2 and Bank for International Settlements Investment Pool Sovereign China (BISIP CNY);
  • the value of securities lent under the securities lending program;
  • the Bank's shareholding in the Bank for International Settlements; and,
  • funds invested in foreign currency assets as a result of liquidity management swaps.

Unsettled foreign currency spot and swap transactions are included at the net value of the contract, so that the reported foreign currency asset (or liability) is reduced by the unsettled amount of the New Zealand dollar value the transaction.

Total foreign currency liabilities

Foreign currency liabilities are the aggregate foreign currency liabilities reported in table R1.

This includes all foreign currency denominated liabilities on a trade date basis valued using accounting policies disclosed in the Reserve Bank Annual Report.

For clarification, foreign currency denominated liabilities include:

  • liabilities under loan agreements. Principally these are liabilities to the New Zealand Government's Debt Management Office;
  • liabilities due under repurchase agreements;
  • payables for unsettled securities purchases; and,
  • contra amounts payable or bonds received as collateral, to be returned under the Bank's securities lending program.

Outstanding foreign exchange swap commitments

Generally represents the outstanding second leg of foreign currency swaps and also includes outright forward transactions. Where the first leg is also unsettled then both legs are netted. A negative number represents a net aggregate obligation to deliver foreign currency under those contracts.

Net open foreign currency position

The Bank's net foreign currency exposure arising from foreign currency assets, foreign currency liabilities and derivative contracts. A positive number represents an aggregate net "long" exposure to foreign currencies. The Reserve Bank's long and short exposures to various currencies are netted.

Foreign Currency Intervention Capacity

Foreign currency assets that are readily liquefiable less foreign currency liabilities that fall due in the next 12 months. Excludes balances held to hedge operating and capital expenditure commitments and items that cannot be liquidated easily (BIS share investment and mark to market of swaps). Includes foreign currency-denominated assets held as part of Domestic Market Operations.

Net New Zealand dollars purchased (sold) during the month

The net value of outright sales and purchases of New Zealand dollars on a trade date basis. A positive number represents net purchases of New Zealand dollars during the month. This excludes purchases of foreign currency in respect of the Bank's operating expenses that are foreign currency denominated.

Symbols and conventions

0 Value rounded to zero
- Zero or not applicable
.. Not available
bold Revised/new
italics Provisional

General notes

  • Individual figures may not sum to the totals due to rounding
  • Percentage changes are calculated on unrounded numbers
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