Russian Gold Reserves.
Russian Gold Purchases in May 2015.
Russia adds 100,000 ounces of gold to its reserves in May
Russia Boosts Gold Reserves, Reduces U.S. Treasury Holdings
The Central Bank of the Russian Federation published its official May 2015 reserve assets and other foreign currency assets report today indicating that its gold reserves had increased 100,000 ounces from its April 2015 report to 40.2 million ounces.
The Russian Central Bank recently announced that they would be boosting their foreign reserves by about 40% from $356 billion to about $500 billion.
“Recent experiences forced us to reconsider some of our ideas about sufficient and comfortable levels of gold reserves,” said Elvira Nabiullina, Chairwoman Russian Central Bank.
Russia has been rebalancing its foreign reserves to favor gold vs. U.S. Treasury Bonds. Russia’s gold buying binge has coincided with a steady sell off of her U.S. Treasuries. It might be expected that as Russia increases its foreign reserves it would do so at least in proportion with that of its current gold reserves.
In a recent CNBC interview Ms. Nabiullina remarked on Russia’s increasing gold reserves “…we base ourselves upon the principles of diversification of our international reserves and we bought gold not only last year but during the previous years. Our gold mining industry is very well developed and it is ready to supply gold. That is why our attitude towards here is based upon diversification of our reserves.”
Ms. Nabiullina also dispelled the notion that the objective to increase Russia’s gold reserves was a function of buying up domestic gold supply that could not be sold abroad: “…we don’t run the objective to support any specific industry. In terms of the share of gold, actually we are not holding the records because there are countries that have a bigger share of gold in their reserves.”
In May Russia added 100,000 ounces of gold to its reserves and shed $3.4 billion of U.S. Treasuries from its reserves in April.
Russia’s U.S. Treasury Bond Holdings January 2014-April 2015
Russia sold another $3.4 Billion in US Treasuries in April and has cut its US Treasury Bond holdings in half since January 2014.
Russian U.S. Treasury and Gold Reserves November 2013
In November of 2013 Russia held $139.9 billion worth of US Treasury Bonds and $43.05 billion worth of gold in her reserves.
Russian U.S. Treasury and Gold Reserves April May 2015
Russian gold holdings as a percentage of their reserves increased vs their U.S. Treasury reserves from 23% in November 2013 to 43% in the spring of 2015.
Russian Gold Reserves May 2015
Russia added 100,000 ounces of gold to her reserves in May.