The balance sheet of the Lebanese Central Bank, BDL, posted a 1.42% monthly increase in total assets to $92.19B in January 2016.
Foreign assets, constituting 40.15% of total assets, inched down by 0.20% from end of 2015, to $37.02B. Moreover, securities portfolio (20.60% of the total assets) added 5.31% to $18.99B. Meanwhile, the value of gold reserves (11.14% of total assets) grew by 4.26%, over the same period, to $10.27B, following the 5.35% monthly increase in international gold prices during January 2016.
As for loans to the financial sector (5.33% share of total assets), they declined 2.16% to $4.92B in the first month of 2016.
On the liabilities side, financial sector deposits, with a share of 81.48% of the total, ticked up 1.13% y-t-d to $75.12B in January 2016. Similarly, public sector deposits (5.99% share of liabilities) grew by 2.14% from December 2015 to reach $5.53B in January this year.
BDL’s Total Assets in January (in $B)