Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, USA
Hong Kong
News Release

The following is issued on behalf of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority:

Hong Kong’s Exchange Fund at US$525.1 billion

 



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May 29, 2020 - The Hong Kong Monetary Authority announced today that the total assets of the Exchange Fund amounted to HK$4,096.0 billion (US$525.1 billion) as at April 30, 2020. This is HK$1.4 billion (US$179 million) higher than that at the end of March 2020. Foreign currency assets increased by HK$67.3 billion (US$8.6 billion) while Hong Kong dollar assets decreased by HK$65.9 billion (US$8.4 billion).

The rise in foreign currency assets was mainly due to the mark-to-market revaluation on foreign currency investments and purchase of US dollars under the Currency Board arrangements. The decline in Hong Kong dollar assets was mainly due to a decrease in Exchange Fund Bills and Notes issued but not yet settled.

The Currency Board Account shows that the Monetary Base at the end of April 2020 was HK$1,708.7 billion (US$219 billion), increased by HK$28.7 billion (US$3.6 billion), or 1.7 per cent, from the end of March 2020. The rise was mainly due to the sale of Hong Kong dollars under the Currency Board arrangements and the issuance of Certificates of Indebtedness.

The amount of Backing Assets increased by HK$30.8 billion (US$3.9 billion), or 1.6 per cent, to HK$1,912.2 billion (US$245.1 billion). The increase was mainly attributable to the purchase of US dollars under the Currency Board arrangements and the issuance of Certificates of Indebtedness. The backing ratio decreased from 111.99 per cent at the end of March 2020 to 111.91 per cent at the end of April 2020.


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