Malaysia's official reserves at US$104.98b as at end-Sept

The headquarters of Bank Negara Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, March 30, 2015. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
The headquarters of Bank Negara Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, March 30, 2015. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 30 — Malaysia’s international reserves remained usable as at end-September 2020, with official reserve assets at US$104.98 billion (RM436.29 billion), in accordance with the International Monetary Fund’s Special Data Dissemination Standard (IMF SDDS) format.

In a statement today, Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) said other foreign currency assets amounted to US$1.17 billion as at end-September 2020.

“For the next 12 months, the pre-determined short-term outflows of foreign currency loans, securities and deposits, which include, among others, scheduled repayment of external borrowings by the government and the maturity of foreign currency Bank Negara Interbank Bills, amounted to US$8.91 billion,” it said.

The central bank said the short forward positions amounted to US$7.21 billion, while long forward positions amounted to US$1.14 billion as at end-September 2020, reflecting the management of ringgit liquidity in the money market.

“In line with the practice adopted since April 2006, the data excludes projected foreign currency inflows arising from interest income and the drawdown of project loans,” it said.

According to BNM, the projected foreign currency inflows amount to US$2.45 billion in the next 12 months, and the only contingent short-term net drain on foreign currency assets are government guarantees of foreign currency debt due within one year, amounting to US$277.1 million.

“There are no foreign currency loans with embedded options, no undrawn, unconditional credit lines provided by or to other central banks, international organisations, banks and other financial institutions.

“BNM also does not engage in foreign currency options vis-a-vis the ringgit,” it added. — Bernama

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