By Judy McKinnon
Canada's official international reserves rose $344 million in January, the federal Finance Department reported.
At Jan. 31, the reserves of foreign currencies, gold and other monetary assets totaled $68.890 billion, up from $68.546 billion a month earlier.
All reserve figures are reported in U.S. funds.
The government reported no official intervention in the foreign-currency market in January. On behalf of the Government of Canada, the Royal Canadian Mint sold 1,300 ounces of gold coins for settlement in January, leaving month-end gold holdings at 107,700 ounces.
The finance department reported that the amount of Canada bills outstanding increased by $19.2 million to $2.151.4 billion at Jan. 31. Canada bills are short-term securities sold on the U.S. money market.
Canada's finance department said the foreign-currency reserves at Jan. 31 included: securities $55.103 billion, deposits $337 million, gold $179 million, special drawing rights $8.779 billion, reserve position in the International Monetary Fund $4.492 billion.
The $344 million net increase in the reserves in January involved:
-reserves management operations up $331 million;
-return on investments down $435 million;
-foreign-currency debt charges down $139 million;
-revaluation effects up $586 million;
-net government operations unchanged;
-no official intervention reported.
Currency composition of deposits and securities at Jan. 31 included: U.S. dollars $35.772 billion, Euro $19.348 billion, Yen $320 million.
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