To ensure higher returns in the future
WILLEMSTAD, PHILIPSBURG – The Centrale Bank van Curaçao en Sint Maarten (CBCS) recently sold 30% (125,000 out of a total of 420,394,993 fine troy ounces) of its total gold reserves in order to enhance its resilience and increase revenues, investing the proceeds in fixed income securities (U.S. government bonds). This optimization of the composition of the official reserves and the resulting increase in revenues will have a positive effect on the CBCS’s results and the targeted annual dividend payment to Curaçao and Sint Maarten pursuant to Article 40 of the Bank’s Charter.
“Prior to the sale, the CBCS’s capacity to absorb operational losses was nil, meaning that, in accordance with the Bank’s Statute, the Countries had to immediately replenish its capital in the event of any financial setback,” CBCS President Doornbosch explained.
“The CBCS would like to emphasize that this sale of gold only changed the composition of the official reserves and not their volume. The transaction therefore has no impact on the stability of the guilder’s peg to the US dollar. The stability of the peg remains assured,” said Richard Doornbosch.
With the agreement of the Countries, the net result of this gold sale has been added in full to the reserves of the CBCS, thereby strengthening the ability of the CBCS to absorb financial shocks.
Already in 2021, the CBCS was considering replacing a limited portion of its gold reserves with other assets to optimize their composition and effectiveness. A confidential IMF review of the official reserves in April 2021 showed that the CBCS’s gold holdings were substantially higher than those of other central banks in the region (its “peer central banks”) and that there was room to convert some of its gold into fixed-income securities to optimize its official reserves. This analysis was updated by the IMF in November 2023, stating that this adjustment will have the effect of reducing the market risk of the CBCS’s official reserves, since the price of fixed-income securities is less volatile than that of gold.