Bank of Canada Announces Extension of Expanded Swap Facility with U.S. Federal Reserve in coordination with other central banks
The Bank of Canada, the Bank of England, the European Central Bank, the Federal Reserve, and the Swiss National Bank today announced an extension of the existing temporary U.S. dollar liquidity swap arrangements through 1 August 2012. The Bank of Japan will consider the extension at its next Monetary Policy Meeting. The swap arrangements, re-established in May 2010, had been authorized through 1 August 2011.
Bank of Canada Action
The Bank of Canada and the Federal Reserve have agreed to extend their US $30 billion swap facility (reciprocal currency arrangement) to 1 August 2012. This swap facility was set to expire in August 2011.
The Bank of Canada continues to judge that it is not necessary for it to draw on this swap facility at this time, but that it is prudent to maintain the agreement. Should the swap be drawn on, the details of the liquidity facilities provided would depend on the specific market circumstances at the time.
The Bank of Canada continues to closely monitor global market developments and remains committed to providing liquidity as required to support the stability of the Canadian financial system and the functioning of financial markets.
Information on Related Actions Being Taken by Other Central Banks
Information on the actions taken by other central banks is available at the following websites.
U.S. Federal Reserve Board
Bank of England
European Central Bank
Swiss National Bank
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