Statement on the Gold and Foreign Exchange Reserves of the Bank
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2020-10-08, 02:04 PM
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Information notice on the official gold and foreign exchange reserves of theSouth African Reserve Bank as at 31 January 2009 This notice provides details of the US dollar equivalent of the level of the South African Reserve Bank’s official gold and foreign exchange reserves and the level of outstanding foreign loans published today in the Bank’s Statement of Assets and Liabilities as at31 January 2009. It also presents the level of foreign exchange forward and international liquidity positions as at the same date. As at31 January 2009(million)As at31 December 2008(million)Change (million)Gold reserves (1)US$3 696US$3 484US$212Foreign exchange reservesUS$30 038US$30 615-US$577Gross reservesUS$33 734US$34 099-US$365Foreign loans-US$639-US$649US$10Forward position (2)US$2US$5-US$3International liquidity position(Net reserves)US$33 097US$33 455-US$358EUR/US$ exchange rateGBP/US$ exchange rateUS$/ZAR exchange rateMarket gold price (1)Statutory gold priceUS$1.2824US$1.4313R10.2000US$921.45R9 398.79US$1.4092US$1.4451R9.3050US$869.20R8 087.91 The official gross gold and foreign exchange reserves and the international liquidity position decreased to US$33,7 billion and US$33,1 billion, respectively, at the end of January 2009. The change in the foreign reserves reflects the usual foreign exchange operations of the Bank and sizeable valuation adjustments. The latter stems from a substantial appreciation of the US dollar against other major currencies and the increase in the US dollar price of gold. Given the size and the diversified nature of foreign reserves, it is to be expected that significant changes in the value of the US dollar and in the US dollar price of gold will, from time to time, lead to sizeable valuation impacts. (1) Gold in US dollar terms is reflected at middle market rates. For reporting purposes all foreign currency figures have been converted to US dollar at middle market rates at month end.(2) The forward position comprises unsettled foreign currency spot transactions.