Broad Money M3 Stood at 129.10B by May 21, 2020

According to BDL’s data, Broad Money (M3) fell by a weekly LBP 695B ($461M) in the week ending May 21, 2020 to LBP 194,612B ($129.10B), thereby recording a yearly decline of 7.53% and a decrease of 3.89% since year-start (YTD).

In details, M1 expanded by LBP 1,061B ($704M) over the same week, to settle at LBP 24,130B ($16.01B). The increase is attributed to the rise in currency in circulation and in demand deposits by LBP 478B ($317M) and 583B ($386.73M), respectively.

Over the week, total deposits (excluding demand deposits) decreased by LBP 366.14B ($243M), In details, term and saving deposits denominated in LBP fell by LBP 563B ($373M) while deposits denominated in foreign currencies rose by 130M.

As such, the rate of broad money dollarization decreased to 70.09% in the week ending May 21, 2020 down from 70.24% in the week ending May 14, 2020.

In its treasury bills (T-Bills) auction dating April 23 2020, the Ministry of Finance (MoF) raised LBP 362.15B ($240M) through the issuance of T-bills maturing in 6 months (6M) and notes maturing in 3 Years (3Y) and 7Y. The highest demand was recorded on the 3Y notes which grasped 82.95% of total subscriptions, while the 7Y notes and 6M bills accounted for the remaining shares of 16.98% and 0.07%, respectively. In details, the yields on the 6M bills stood at 4%, while the coupon rates on the 3Y notes and 7Y notes stood at 5.50% and 6.50%, respectively.

Source: BDL; MoF

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