Holders of Irish Government Bonds - October 2016

14 December 2016 Press Release

View information release with charts and related data tables.

Key Developments

• The nominal value outstanding of government bonds increased by €1,036 million to €122,037 million in October 2016.
• Within the next 5 years, €49,352 million of government bonds will mature, with €29,881 million maturing within the next 3 years.
• Outstanding government bonds[1] stood at €122,037 million in October 2016, this is an increase of €1,036 million from last month.
• Within the next 5 years, €49,352 million of government bonds will mature (Table 1). Of this, €29,881 million will mature in the next 3 years, with a further €19,471 million in the two years after. Non-residents hold 65.7 per cent of these maturing bonds (Chart 1).
• Estimated non-resident holdings increased over the month to €68,065 million, however this is still €7,489 million lower than this time last year.
• The Credit Institutions and Central Bank sector has the largest amount of Irish resident holdings, with €50,289 million. This accounts for 93.2 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 October 2014. The new series beginning in October 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 October 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.

[1] Please see background information below and the explanatory notes for further information