Russian Gold Reserves March 2016 .
The Central Bank of the Russian Federation added 500,000 ounces (15.55 tonnes) of gold to its reserves in March.
Russia adding gold to reserves at a faster pace than China
Russia now has 1,462 tonnes of gold in reserve; the sixth most of any nation.
Russian Gold Reserves
After adding 6,700,000 ounces (208 tonnes) of gold to her reserves in 2015, 700,000 ounces (21 tonnes) in January 2016, and 300,000 ounces (9.33 tonnes) in February, the Central Bank of the Russian Federation announced today that it had added another 500,000 ounces of gold (15.55 tonnes) to its reserves in March 2016.
The report indicated that Russian gold reserves increased by 500,000 ounces from its February 2016 report to 47 million ounces (1461.86 tonnes).
Since 2009, Russia has added more than 837 tons of gold to its reserves more than China who added 743 tons during the same time period.
Russian Monthly Gold Purchases June 2014 – March 2016
Overall Russian Reserves Increasing
According to the Russian Central Bank, January official reserves assets were $371,559.1 million of which foreign currency reserves were $302,759 million.
In February, official reserves assets grew to $380,544.3 million and foreign currency reserves increased to $311,094.4 million.
In March, official reserves assets grew to $387,008.1 million and foreign currency reserves increased to $317,834.9.
Russia’s foreign reserves, were the only major emerging market central bank that showed a gain over the past year.
Russian U.S. Treasury Holdings
Russia’s U.S. Treasury Bond Holdings January 2014-January 2015
As of February, 2016, Russia held $87.6 billion in U.S. Treasury Bonds down from $131.8 billion in January 2014 but up from $66.5 billion in April 2015.
Roubles For Gold
Increasingly, Russia has been buying up more of their gold mining production, in effect converting roubles into gold.
Adding gold to reserves has helped Russia offset the loss of value in the rouble vs. gold over the past year.
Russia Adding Gold To Reserves At A Faster Pace Than China
From August to March 2016 China added 120 tonnes of gold to its reserves, while Russia added 174 tonnes, or 45% more.
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