Holders of Irish Government Bonds - June 2016

10 August 2016 Press Release

Statistics on the holding of Irish Government Bonds for 2016 can be found here .

Key Developments

  • The nominal value outstanding of government bonds decreased by €4 million to €120,916 million in June 2016.
  • Within the next 5 years, €49,532 million of government bonds will mature with 23,345 maturing within the next 3 years.
  • Outstanding government bonds[1] stood at €120,916 million in June 2016, this is a decrease of €4 million from last month.
  • Within the next 5 years, €49,532 million of government bonds will mature (Table 1). Of this, €23,345 million will mature in the next 3 years, with a further €26,187 million in the two years after. Non-residents hold 65.8 per cent of these maturing bonds (Chart 1).
    Estimated non-resident holdings decreased over the month to €68,424 million, the lowest amount since December 2014.
  • Irish resident holdings increased by €1,153 million to €52,492 million. The ‘Other Financial Intermediaries’ sector holdings increased by €320 million this month, a rise of 24 per cent, giving it a yearly increase of 52 per cent. This sector includes Investment Funds, Money Market Funds, Financial Vehicle Corporations and others.

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 June 2014. The new series beginning in June 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 June 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.