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Monthly Overview of Offshore Banking Units (OBUs)

Central Bank of the Republic of China (Taiwan)

PRESS RELEASE                                   Release Date: January 31, 2018                                 

Monthly Overview of Offshore Banking Units (OBUs)

Number of OBUs and Total Assets     As of December 31, 2017, there were 61 OBUs with total assets of US$202.946 billion, an increase of US$3.631 billion or 1.8% from the previous month. The breakdown of the information in terms of domestic and foreign banks is shown in the table below:

Item

Domestic Bank

Foreign Bank

Total

Number of OBUs

38

23

61

Total assets (USD billions)

178.686

24.260

202.946

% of combined assets

88.0%

12.0%

100%

 

 

 

 

 

Uses and Sources of Funds     At the end of December, the primary uses of funds of all OBUs were Discounts and loans, which amounted to US$80.676 billion or 39.8% of total assets. The main sources of funds were Vostro account– head office & branches, which amounted to US$91.937 billion or 45.3% of total liabilities. The uses and sources of funds are summarized as follows:

                                                                                                                                            (USD billions, % of total assets/liabilities)

Uses of Funds

Sources of Funds

Item

Amount

%

Item

Amount

%

Discounts and Loans

Securities investments

Due from banks

Nostro account – head office & branches

Other assets

80.676

54.020

29.713

28.624

9.913

39.8

26.6

14.6

14.1

4.9

Vostro account – head office & branches

Deposits

Due to banks

Other liabilities

Equity of head office

91.937

77.144

15.904

14.523

3.438

45.3

38.0

7.8

7.2

1.7

Total

202.946

100.0

Total

202.946

100.0

 

Destination and Origin of Funds     As of December 31, Asia was the main destination and origin of funds. The following table provides a geographical breakdown:

                                                                                             (%)

Region

Destination

Origin

Asia

54

65

America

30

24

Europe

9

4

Other regions

7

7

Total

100

100

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discounts and Loans     The total value of all outstanding discounts and loans made by all OBUs at the end of December 2017 was US$80.676 billion, the composition of which is as follows:

Client
Location

Duration

Outstanding Value (USD billions)

% of
Total Discounts and Loans

Overseas

Medium and long-term

51.714

98.8%

Short-term

27.963

Local

All terms

0.999

1.2%

Total

80.676

100.0%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turnover of Foreign Exchange Trading     The data on the turnover of foreign exchange trading by all OBUs for the month of December is provided below:

                                                                                                                 (USD billions)

Spot

Forwards

Swaps

Total

21.022

4.531

9.734

35.287

 

 

 

Volume of Export and Import Related Business     The volume of export and import related banking business of all OBUs in December 2017 were US$50.474 billion and US$51.488 billion, respectively.

Turnover of Derivative Products Trading     The turnover of derivative products trading by all OBUs in December 2017 was US$18.127 billion as shown in the table below by product category:

                                                                           (USD billions)

Product Category

Turnover

Futures

8.566

Options

6.706

Swaps

2.725

Margin account trading

0.125

Credit derivatives

0.005

Total

18.127

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Notes: The next release will be made at 16:20 p.m. on March 6, 2018.