By Ronnie Harui
The Monetary Authority of Singapore's total income stood at 8.6 billion Singapore dollars (US$6.39 billion) in the financial year ended March 31, as interest income and realized capital gains were offset by negative currency translation effects, the central bank said Wednesday.
The result was down from S$17.2 billion in FY 2020, while net profit came to S$5.2 billion compared with S$10.6 billion a year earlier, the central bank said.
At the end of the financial year, the central bank's official foreign reserves were S$510.2 billion. About three-quarters of the OFR are denominated in U.S. dollars, euros, yen and pounds, with USD forming the bulk of that. Investment-grade bonds in advanced economies make up the largest allocation in its portfolio.
In terms of investment performance, the MAS's official foreign reserves had a total gain of S$8.2 billion in FY 2021, comprising investment gain of S$22.8 billion and negative currency translation effects totaling S$14.6 billion, the central bank said.
With heightened uncertainty over the path of the Covid-19 pandemic globally and domestically, the official forecast for Singapore's gross domestic product growth in 2021 was maintained at 4% to 6%, with a view to revising it when there's greater clarity, the MAS said.
The forecast range for headline inflation has been revised upward to 1% to 2% in 2021, from 0.5% to 1.5% previously, in view of recent stronger-than-expected private transport inflation, the central bank said. Meanwhile, core inflation is expected to average between 0% and 1% in 2021.
At its April policy review, the MAS maintained the rate of appreciation of the Singapore dollar nominal effective exchange rate policy band at zero percent. MAS said that an accommodative monetary policy stance remains appropriate as core inflation was expected to stay low in 2021.
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