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Monetary and financial statistics – December 2018

According to statistics released today by the Monetary Authority of Macao, broad money supply continued to grow in December with a stable share of patacas. Meanwhile, both resident deposits and loans increased from a month earlier.

Money supply

Currency in circulation and demand deposits rose 0.3% and 2.0% respectively. M1 thus increased 1.7% from one month earlier. Meanwhile, quasi-monetary liabilities grew 3.1%. The sum of these two items, i.e. M2, rose 2.9% to MOP651.4 billion. On an annual basis, M1 and M2 increased 11.6% and 10.1% respectively. The shares of pataca (MOP), Hong Kong dollar (HKD), renminbi (RMB) and United States dollar (USD) in M2 were 30.5%, 52.5%, 4.2% and 10.8% respectively.


Resident deposits grew 3.0% from the preceding month to MOP635.4 billion while non-resident deposits also rose 4.5% to MOP240.6 billion. Meanwhile, public sector deposits with the banking sector increased 3.4% to MOP238.1 billion. As a result, total deposits in the banking sector grew 3.4% from a month earlier to MOP1,114.1 billion. The shares of MOP, HKD, RMB and USD in total deposits were 19.3%, 51.1%, 3.8% and 22.2% respectively.


Domestic loans to the private sector grew 1.8% from a month ago to MOP505.0 billion. Analysed by economic sector, “education” and “restaurants, hotels and similar” increased at respective rates of 12.8% and 8.8% compared with a quarter ago, whereas “information technology” and “wholesale and retail trade” dropped 29.2% and 2.7% respectively. Meanwhile, external loans rose by 1.0% to MOP506.3 billion. As a result, total loans to the private sector increased 1.4% from a month earlier to MOP1,011.3 billion. The shares of MOP, HKD, RMB and USD in total loans were 16.5%, 51.7%, 3.1% and 25.6% respectively.

Operating ratios

At end-December, the loan-to-deposit ratio for the resident sector dropped from 58.5% at end-November to 57.8%. Meanwhile, the ratio for both the resident and non-resident sectors fell from 92.6% to 90.8%. The one-month and three-month current assets to liabilities ratios stood at 54.3% and 54.6% respectively. Concurrently, the non-performing loan ratio stabilised at 0.2%.

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