Norges Bank

Press release

Norges Bank's foreign exchange purchases for the Government Petroleum Fund in February 2005

Norges Bank will not purchase foreign exchange for the Government Petroleum Fund in February.

The Petroleum Fund's foreign exchange requirements are partly met by the state's direct financial interest in petroleum activities (SDFI) and partly by Norges Bank's purchases in the market.

The Ministry of Finance determines the size of the monthly allocations to the Petroleum Fund. Norges Bank's purchases of foreign exchange are equal to the difference between the allocations and the SDFI's estimated foreign exchange revenues. Adjustments are made for any revisions of estimates for the previous month. As a result, the daily purchases may vary from one month to the next. The daily foreign exchange purchases are determined for a period of one month at a time and are announced on the last business day of the preceding month.

Norges Bank will not purchase foreign exchange in February 2005. This is partly because the November 2004 allocation to the Petroleum Fund was substantially reduced. In addition, some of the SDFI's foreign exchange income in December last year was transferred to the buffer portfolio to minimise the Government's transaction costs. Norges Bank intends to reduce the size of the buffer portfolio during the first quarter of 2005. A more detailed description of the method employed is provided in a box in Inflation Report 3/04.


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Published 31 January 2005 10:00