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Foreign exchange reserves and nominal effective exchange rate index for the pataca – May 2019

The Monetary Authority of Macao announced today that the preliminary estimate of Macao SAR’s foreign exchange reserves amounted to MOP164.3 billion (USD20.36 billion) at the end of May 2019. The reserves decreased by 0.2% from the revised value of MOP164.7 billion (USD20.39 billion) for the previous month. Macao SAR’s foreign exchange reserves at end-May 2019 represented 10 times the currency in circulation or 80.7% of pataca M2 at end-April 2019.

The trade-weighted effective exchange rate index for the pataca rose 0.94 points month-to-month and 4.45 points year-on-year to 106.8 in May 2019, implying that overall speaking, the exchange rate of pataca grew against the currencies of Macao’s major trading partners.

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