BNM international reserves amounted to US$103b as at Sept 30

by BERNAMA/ pic by TMR

Bank Negara Malaysia’s (BNM) international reserves decreased to US$103.0 billion as at Sept 30, 2019, from US$103.5 billion as at Sept 13, 2019.

In a statement today, the central bank said the reserves position would be sufficient to finance 7.6 months of retained imports and was 1.1 times the total short-term external debt.

BNM said the main components of the international reserves comprised foreign currency reserves at US$96.7 billion, International Monetary Fund reserves position (US$1.1 billion), Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) (US$1.1 billion), gold (US$1.9 billion), and other reserve assets (US$2.2 billion).

It said assets included gold and foreign exchange and other reserves, including SDRs, which amounted to RM431.27 billion, Malaysian government papers (RM2.41 billion), deposits with financial institutions (RM334.96 million), loans and advances (RM6.83 billion), land and buildings (RM4.16 billion), and other assets (RM14.24 billion).

Capital and liabilities comprised paid-up capital (RM100 million), reserves (RM142.16 billion), currency in circulation (RM109.12 billion), deposits by financial institutions (RM161.11 billion), federal government deposits (RM13.57 billion), other deposits (RM1.10 billion), Bank Negara papers (RM21.60 billion), allocation of SDRs (RM7.68 billion), and other liabilities (RM2.78 billion).