How do central banks invest?

After a decade of unconventional monetary policy, one could be forgiven for confusion around central bank investment patterns. This report is a reminder that the core investment assets of central banks stem from the official reserve portfolio. Assigning clear nominal and relative numbers will help dispel some of the obscurity around the reserves management practices of this traditionally non-transparent group of global public investors.

In this study, OMFIF and State Street attempt to bridge existing data gaps by conducting a bottom-up estimate of the global reserve portfolio. We have studied the balance sheets of 30 large reserve holders at a detailed, granular level, using a mix of public and private information. Together, they manage $10.7tn in reserve assets, i.e. over 80% of global central bank reserves. 

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OMFIF is launching the 6th annual Global Public Investor in Singapore on Wednesday 12 June at 08:30.

There will be a panel discussion focusing on aligning investments to the United Nations' sustainable development goals. Participants will consider:

  • The economic context of the SDGs and the role of institutional investors
  • Towards a more standardised framework for SDG reporting
  • Promoting long-term value creation in companies
  • The impact of wealth and income inequality on growth and stability 
  • Global public investor divestment policies: Conflicts between principles and returns

Click below for information and to register your attendance for the launch of GPI 2019 in Singapore
on June 12