BDL’s latest statistics on money supply revealed that Broad Money (M3) decreased by LBP 374B ($248M) to stand at LBP 199,399B ($132.27 B) by the week ending September 16, 2021. As such, on an annual basis, M3 increased by 1.17% year over year and by 0.08% since year-start (YTD).
In details, M1 retreated by a weekly LBP 33B ($22M) to settle at LBP 52,094B ($34.56B) by September 16, 2021. The decrease is mainly attributed to the decrease in demand deposit by LBP 402B and to the increase in currency in circulation by LBP 186B.
In turn, total deposits (excluding Demand deposits) decreased by $226.45M, owing to a decrease in Terms and saving deposits by LBP 125B($82.91M). Moreover, deposits denominated in foreign currencies regressed by $143M.
As such, the rate of broad money dollarization slightly increased from 62.558% in the week ending September 09, 2021 to 62.567% in the week ending September 16, 2021.
Looking at interest rates, the average rate on deposits in LBP and in USD, at commercial banks, decreased from 3.47% and 1.28% in August 2020 to 1.62% and 0.30%, respectively, in August 2021. As for the average lending rate in LBP, it went up from 7.14% in August 2020 to 7.52% in August 2021, while the average lending rate in USD declined from 7.54% in August 2020 to 5.87% in August 2021.
Analytically, the money supply M3 can be derived from combining the balance sheet of BDL with the balance sheet of banks to arrive at the monetary survey of the banking system. The resulting M3 would be equal to the sum of: net foreign assets (NFA), credit to the private sector (CPS), net credit to the public sector (NCPS), and other items net (OIN). Latest data show that in July 2021, M3 stood at $133.20B, 2.05% more than August 2020; NFA were $14.96B, less by 31.29% YOY; CPS was $29.35B, less by 22.39% YOY; NCPS was $35.13B, less by 12.27% annually; and OIN were $53.74B, higher by an annual 74.14%, and comprising mostly (in BDL’s terminology) other assets which include open market operations and seigniorage, considered to be a controversial account by some.
In its treasury bills (T-Bills) auction dating September 09, 2021, the Ministry of Finance (MoF) raised LBP 349.670B ($231.95M) through the issuance of T-Bills maturing in 6 months (6M), and notes maturing in 3 years (3Y) and 7 years (7Y). The highest demand was recorded on the 3Y notes which grasped 60.05% of total subscriptions, while the 7Y notes and 6M T-bills accounted for the remaining shares of 37.37% and 2.58%, respectively. In details, the yield on 6M stood at 4%, while coupon on the 3Y and 7Y notes stood at 5.50% and 6.5%, respectively.
Source: BDL; MoF