Dow Jones Newswires
via The Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Data released by the International Monetary Fund on Wednesday showed global official foreign exchange reserves rose to $7.52 trillion at the end of the third quarter from $7.18 trillion at the end of the second quarter.
Allocated reserves stood at $4.43 trillion, up from $4.27 trillion in the previous quarter. The amount of allocated reserves held in U.S. dollars stood at $2.73 trillion, an increase from $2.68 trillion in the second quarter but below the $2.81 trillion recorded in the third quarter of 2008.
The data showed U.S. dollar reserves account for 61.65% of allocated reserve holdings, a decline from 62.82% in the previous quarter.Euro holdings edged up to 27.75% from 27.42%, while sterling holdings rose to 4.34% from 4.30% and yen holdings climbed to 3.23% from 3.12%.