BDL’s data on money supply revealed that Broad Money (M3) declined by LBP 640B ($425M) in the week ending February 6, 2020 to settle at LBP 198,611B ($131.75B), thereby registering an annual decrease of 5.66% and a year-to-date (YTD) down tick of 1.91%.
In details, money supply M1, which includes currency in circulation and demand deposits in LBP, expanded by LBP 210B ($139M) over the same week, reaching LBP 18,165B ($12.05B). The increase in M1 is attributed to the rise in currency in circulation of LBP 240 B ($159.20B) while demand deposits dropped by LBP 30B ($19.90M).
In their turn, Total deposits (excluding demand deposits) fell by LBP 604.73B ($400.66M). In fact, Term and saving deposits in LBP as well as Deposits denominated in foreign currencies dropped by LBP 1,000 B ($663.35M) and $100M, respectively.
As such, the rate of broad money dollarization incrementally rose from 69.12% in the week ending January 30 2020, to 69.42% in the week ending February 06, 2020.
In its treasury bills (T-Bills) auction dating January 23, 2020, the Ministry of Finance raised LBP 228.73B ($151.73M) through the issuance of T-bills maturing in 3month (3M) and 1 year (1Y) and notes maturing in 5 Years (5Y). The highest demand was realized on bills maturing in 1Y, as they composed 53.34% of the total subscriptions, while the 5Y notes and 3M bills accounted for the remaining shares of 35.86% and 10.80%, respectively. In details, the yields on the 3M and 1Y bills stood at 5.30% and 6.50%, while the coupon rate on the 5Y notes stood at 8%.
Source: Banque du Liban, Lebanese Ministry of Finance