M3 reached $146.03B Over the Period Ending December 1, 2022

($B)01-Dec-2124-Nov-2201-Dec-22Change over the Period (in $M)Y-O-Y % Change% Change y-t-d
M 135.9257.1459.182,04664.75%55.20%
M 250.1869.0371.112,07941.71%36.15%
M 3 131.68144.30146.031,72810.90%9.98%
M 4 140.68156.45158.151,70712.42%11.27%

BDL’s latest statistics on money supply revealed that Broad Money (M3) increased by LBP 2,604B ($ 1.73B) to stand at LBP 220,140B ($ 146.03B) by the week ending December 1, 2022. However, on an annual basis, M3 added 10.9% year-over-year and 9.98% since year-start (YTD).

In details, M1 increased by LBP 3,085B ($ 2.05B) by a week to settle at LBP 89,221B ($ 59.18B) by December 1, 2022; due to an increase in currency in circulation of LBP 1,782 B and in demand deposits of LBP 1,303 B.

In turn, total deposits (excluding Demand deposits) fell by LBP 481B ($ 319M), owing to a rise in Terms and saving deposits by LBP 48B and a drop in deposits denominated in foreign currencies by LBP 529B ($351M).

As such, the rate of broad money dollarization decreased from 52.165% in the week ending November 24, 2022 to 51.308% in the week ending December 1, 2022.

Looking at interest rates, the average rate on deposits in LBP at commercial banks decreased from 1.09% in December 2021 to 0.6% in December 2022. Similarly, the average rate on deposits in USD at commercial banks decreased from 0.19% in December 2021 to 0.06% in December 2022. In its turn, the average lending rate in LBP and USD, at commercial banks, went down from 7.14% and 6.01% in December 2021 to 4.56% and 4.16%, respectively, in December 2022.

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 December 2022, M3 stood at $152.29B, 14.18% higher than December 2021; NFA were $12.07B, less by 20.71% YOY; CPS was $19.93B, less by 26.14% YOY; NCPS was $21.04B, less by 36.11% annually; and OIN were $99.25B, higher by an annual 70.38%, 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 December 1, 2022, the Ministry of Finance (MoF) raised LBP 29,170M ($19.35M) through the issuance of notes maturing in 6 months. In more details, the yield on 6 months stood at 4%.

Source: BDL; MoF

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