Foreign Exchange Reserves in the Bank of Israel, October 2015

Israel’s foreign exchange reserves at the end of October 2015 stood at $89,230 million, a decrease of $246 million from their level at the end of the previous month.
 
The decrease was the result of:
a.       A decrease of $184 million derived from private sector transactions.
b.      Government transfers to abroad of about $900 million.
 
These were partly offset by:
a.       Foreign currency purchases by the Bank of Israel totaling $755 million, of which $260 million were bought as part of the purchase program intended to offset the effects of natural gas production on the exchange rate.
b.      A revaluation* that increased the reserves by about $83 million.
 
Israel's Foreign Exchange Reserves
$ million
Date
Reserves bought under the natural gas purchase program
Reserves excluding IMF (including reserves bought under the natural gas purchase program)
Reserves at the IMF***
Total
December 2013
2,100
79,591**
2,199
81,790**
January  2014
2,330
81,002**
2,163
83,165**
February 
2,680
81,956**
2,019
83,975**
March
2,975
83,552
2,018
85,570
April
3,265
84,479**
2,001
86,480**
May
3,560
84,485
1,993
86,478
June
3,850
84,845
1,968
86,813
July
4,140
85,190
1,949
87,139
August
4,725
85,700
1,928
87,628
September
4,725
84,298
1,890
86,188
October
5,005
84,531
1,885
86,416
November
5,155
84,470
1,858
86,328
December
5,600
84,342**
1,759
86,101**
January 2015
5,860
82,959**
1,706
84,665**
February
6,105
83,675**
1,645
85,320**
March
6,640
83,445**
1,538
84,983**
April
6,640
84,145**
1,568
85,713**
May
6,890
84,214
1,550
85,764
June
7,150
86,549**
1,630
88,179**
July
7,410
86,810
1,614
88,424
August
7,670
87,370
1,628
88,998
September
7,925
87,848**
1,628
89,476**
October
8,185
87,610
1,620
89,230
 
 
*       This includes Bank of Israel payments and receipts in foreign currency.
**     Updated after the original date of publication.
***   This column includes Special Drawing Rights (SDRs), the balance of NAB loans, and the balance of Israel's reserve tranche in the IMF.