Canada Monetary Reserves Increase $123 Million in January
By Paul Vieira
OTTAWA--Canada's official international reserves rose by $123 million in January, the country's federal Finance Department reported Monday.
At Jan. 31, the reserves of foreign currencies and other monetary assets totaled $86.75 billion, up from $86.63 billion a month earlier.
All reserve figures are reported in U.S. funds.
The government reported no official intervention in the foreign-currency market in January, and there were no gold holdings at the end of the month.
The Finance Department reported that the amount of Canada bills outstanding decreased by $182.7 million to $1.9 billion in January. Canada bills are short-term securities sold on the U.S. money market.
Canada's Finance Department said the foreign-currency reserves at Jan. 31 included securities of $68.68 billion, deposits of $7.83 billion, special drawing rights of $8.16 billion, and reserve position in the International Monetary Fund of $2.08 billion.
The $123 million net increase in the reserves in January involved:
-reserves management operations down $421 million;
-return on investments down $522 million;
-foreign-currency debt charges down $140 million;
-revaluation effects up $1.26 billion;
-net government operations down $52 million;
-no official intervention reported.
Currency composition of deposits and securities at Jan. 31 included: U.S. dollars $50.62 billion, Euro $16.42 billion, Pound Sterling $8.44 billion, Yen $1.03 billion.
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