Macao's broad money supply remains stable in February

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MACAO, April 7 (Xinhua) -- Macao's broad money supply remained virtually stable month on month at 695.8 billion patacas (about 86.8 billion U.S. dollars) in February with a stable share of patacas, the special administrative region's monetary watchdog said Wednesday.

According to the statistics released by the Monetary Authority of Macao, the currency in circulation rose 2.5 percent month on month whereas demand deposits dropped 6.1 percent. M1 thus decreased 4.1 percent from the previous month.

Meanwhile, quasi-monetary liabilities increased by 0.5 percent. The sum of these two items, i.e. broad money supply or M2, remained virtually stable at 695.8 billion patacas.

On an annual basis, M1 dropped 4.3 percent whereas M2 grew 1.2 percent.

The shares of pataca, Hong Kong dollar, renminbi and U.S. dollar in M2 were 34.4 percent, 49.5 percent, 5.1 percent and 9.2 percent respectively.

Resident deposits edged down 0.1 percent from the previous month to 676.1 billion patacas while non-resident deposits also dropped 4.3 percent to 344.7 billion patacas.

Meanwhile, public sector deposits with the banking sector rose 0.7 percent to 265.1 billion patacas.

As a result, total deposits in the banking sector fell by 1.1 percent from a month earlier to 1,286.0 billion patacas.

Domestic loans to the private sector fell 2.1 percent from a month ago to 535.9 billion patacas, while external loans also dropped 6.0 percent to 672.2 billion patacas.

As a result, total loans to the private sector went down by 4.3 percent from a month earlier to 1,208.1 billion patacas.

At the end of February 2021, the loan-to-deposit ratio for the resident sector fell from 58.2 percent at the end of January to 56.9 percent. Meanwhile, the ratio for both the resident and non-resident sectors decreased from 97.1 percent to 93.9 percent. (One pataca equals 0.1248 U.S. dollar) Enditem

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