Holders of Irish Government Bonds - November 2016

11 January 2017 Press Release

View  information release with charts and  related data tables.

Key Developments

  • The nominal value outstanding of government bonds increased by €65 million to €122,102 million in November 2016.
  • Within the next 5 years, €48,955 million of government bonds will mature, with €29,604 million maturing within the next 3 years.
  • Outstanding government bonds stood at €122,102 million in November 2016, this is an increase of €65 million from last month.
  • Within the next 5 years, €48,955 million of government bonds will mature (Table 1). Of this, €29,604 million will mature in the next 3 years, with a further €19,351 million in the two years after. Non-residents hold 64.6 per cent of these maturing bonds (Chart 1).
  • Estimated non-resident holdings decreased over the month to €67,404 million, this is €7,369 million lower than this time last year.
  • The Credit Institutions and Central Bank sector has the largest amount of Irish resident holdings, with €51,092 million. This accounts for 93.4 per cent of the resident total (Chart 2).

Detailed tables and the explanatory notes can be found on the Central Bank of Ireland’s website here.

Background information

This data series was published for the first time in November 2014. The new series beginning in November 2013 is based on improved information sources, so it is not directly comparable with previous publications. Care should, therefore, be exercised in comparing the new series with earlier publications.

The change has arisen due to the introduction of the Securities Holdings Regulation by the ECB in November 2013. The dataset is compiled from data submitted by all custodians resident in Ireland, direct reporting by end investors and information from the Government Bond Register held by the Central Bank to provide breakdowns by maturity and by holding sector.