The principal changes in the assets and liabilities of Latvijas Banka on the 31 August 2018 balance sheet as compared to 31 July 2018 and the reasons for these changes.

In August 2018, loans granted as a result of targeted longer-term refinancing operations by Latvijas Banka remained unchanged.

Following the decisions of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB) on the expanded asset purchase programme (APP), the balance sheet item "Securities held for monetary policy purposes" grew by 105.1 million euro or 1.5% in August 2018, mostly on account of the purchase of securities.

In August 2018, deposits of credit institutions rose by 203.5 million euro or 5.1% as reflected in the balance sheet item "Liabilities to euro area credit institutions related to monetary policy operations denominated in euro".

Mainly as a result of cross-border payments received and made by credit institutions and Latvijas Banka, an increase was recorded in liabilities to the ECB reported under the balance sheet item "Liabilities related to TARGET2 and national central bank correspondent accounts (net)", reflecting the settlement result in the TARGET2 settlement system.

I. Medne
Deputy Chief Accountant
Latvijas Banka