Bank Negara’s international reserves up to US$116.7b as of Nov 30

The Bank Negara Malaysia logo is seen at its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur January 23, 2020. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri

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KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 7 — Bank Negara Malaysia’s (BNM) international reserves expanded to US$116.7 billion as at Nov 30, 2021 from US$116.5 billion as at Nov 15, 2021.

In a statement today, the central bank said the reserves position is sufficient to finance eight months of retained imports and is 1.3 times total short-term external debt.

BNM said the main components of the international reserves were foreign currency reserves (US$103.9 billion), IMF reserves position (US$1.4 billion), special drawing rights (SDRs) (US$6.1 billion), gold (US$2.2 billion), and other reserve assets (US$3.1 billion).

Assets comprising gold, foreign exchange and other reserves including SDRs, amounted to RM488.98 billion, Malaysian government papers (RM12.21 billion), deposits with financial institutions (RM629.64 million), loans and advances (RM22.08 billion), land and buildings (RM4.16 billion), and other assets (RM15.84 billion).

Capital and liabilities comprising paid-up capital amounted to RM100 million, reserves (RM187.85 billion), currency in circulation (RM146.94 billion), deposits by financial institutions (RM157.31 billion), federal government deposits (RM4.62 billion), other deposits (RM5.61 billion), Bank Negara papers (RM7.95 billion), allocation of SDRs (RM28.47 billion) and other liabilities (RM5.06 billion). — Bernama