BNM international reserves at US$136.5b
Bank Negara today announced that its official international reserves totalled US$136.51 billion as at September 30, 2013.
The international reserves comprised foreign currency reserves (US$123.70 billion), International Monetary Fund reserves (US$944.1 million), Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) (US$1.97 billion), gold (US$1.55 billion) and other reserve assets (US$8.34 billion).
The central bank said the other foreign currency assets amounted to US$2.93 billion as at end-September.
For the next 12 months, the predetermined short-term outflows of foreign currency loans would amount to US$335.9 million arising from scheduled repayments of external borrowings by the government.
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 amounting to US$2.79 billion in the next 12 months.
The only contingent short-term net drain on foreign currency assets are government guarantees of foreign debt due within one year, amounting to US$205.4 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.
Bank Negara Malaysia also does not engage in foreign currency options vis-a-vis the ringgit.-- Bernama