Monetary and financial statistics – March 2021

According to statistics released today by the Monetary Authority of Macao, broad money supply rose in March 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 decreased 4.0% and 1.5% respectively. M1 thus dropped 2.1% from one month earlier. On the other hand, quasi-monetary liabilities increased 0.8%. The sum of these two items, i.e. M2, rose 0.5% to MOP699.4 billion. On an annual basis, M1 dropped 4.3% whereas M2 grew 3.0%. The shares of pataca (MOP), Hong Kong dollar (HKD), renminbi (RMB) and United States dollar (USD) in M2 were 34.1%, 50.1%, 5.4% and 8.7% respectively.


Resident deposits grew by 0.6% from the preceding month to MOP680.5 billion while non-resident deposits also rose 2.8% to MOP354.3 billion. On the other hand, public sector deposits with the banking sector fell 0.4% to MOP264.1 billion. As a result, total deposits in the banking sector increased 1.0% from a month earlier to MOP1,298.8 billion. The shares of MOP, HKD, RMB and USD in total deposits were 18.8%, 49.7%, 5.8% and 22.5% respectively.


Domestic loans to the private sector rose 0.8% from a month ago to MOP540.2 billion. Analysed by economic sector, “manufacturing industries” and “wholesale and retail trade” increased at respective rates of 14.6% and 11.5% compared with a quarter ago, whereas “transport, warehouse and communications” and “restaurants, hotels and similar” dropped 23.1% and 12.3% respectively. Meanwhile, external loans grew 5.0% to MOP705.7 billion. As a result, total loans to the private sector went up by 3.1% from a month earlier to MOP1,245.9 billion. The shares of MOP, HKD, RMB and USD in total loans were 16.2%, 39.2%, 13.0% and 28.7% respectively.

Operating ratios

At end-March, the loan-to-deposit ratio for the resident sector rose from 56.9% at end-February to 57.2%. Meanwhile, the ratio for both the resident and non-resident sectors increased from 93.9% to 95.9%. The one-month and three-month current assets to liabilities ratios stood at 60.7% and 59.1% respectively. Concurrently, the non-performing loan ratio stabilised at 0.37%.

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