Declining growth in money supply
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The money supply M2August 2008



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Declining growth in money supply

The twelve-month growth in total money supply was 8.2 per cent to end-August, down from 8.4 per cent to end- July. The growth in money supply is now at its lowest since January 2005.

The money supply amounted to NOK 1 465 billion at end-August, down from NOK 1 470 billion at end-July. The annual growth in money supply fell for the forth month in a row.

Money supply (M2) - growth

Declining growth for households

At end-August more than half (NOK 774 billion) of the broad monetary aggregate was owned by households. The twelve-month growth in household money supply fell from 8.1 per cent to 8.0 per cent during August. Households have been the main contributor to annual growth in money supply for eight consecutive months. The growth in household money supply was a little lower than the growth in household gross debt, which was 9.1 per cent to end-August, as shown by the credit indicator C2 . For more information on the financial position of households, see the financial accounts in the national accounts .

Slowdown also in non-financial enterprise money supply growth

Non-financial enterprise money supply amounted to NOK 502 billion at end-August. The twelve-month growth was 3.9 per cent, compared with a yearly growth of 4.2 per cent recorded in the previous month. The twelve-month growth rate has been decreasing since December 2006, when it reached 35.5 per cent. Apart from the last months, we must back to April 2005 to find yearly growth rates below 10 per cent. Non-financial enterprise money supply constituted 44 per cent of their gross domestic debt measured by the credit indicator C2 at end-August, while this share was higher than 50 per cent during most of 2007.

Monetary aggregates, growth (per cent)
  March 2008 April 2008 May 2008 June 2008 July 2008 August 2008
M0 - 12 mth. -3.9 10.7 22.2 17.7 4.2 16.4
M1 - 12 mth. 5.9 7.4 4.8 3.4 1.6 2.7
M2 - 12 mth. 11.1 13.8 10.6 8.8 8.4 8.2
M2 - 3 mth. moving average 6.4 1.5 3.7 1.2 3.8  
M2 households - 12 mth. 9.3 10.2 9.5 8.6 8.1 8.0
M2 non-financial enterprises - 12 mth. 7.9 10.6 6.4 4.2 4.2 3.9

Composition of money supply

The broad monetary aggregate M2 amounted to NOK 1 465 billion at end-August, of which the major part (89 per cent) consisted of bank deposits. In comparison, notes and coins only accounted for 3 per cent of the broad money. The rest of the broad money consisted of shares in money market funds (7 per cent) and certificates of deposits (1 per cent).

The money supply (broad monetary aggregate) M2 consists of notes and coins, unrestricted bank deposits, certificates of deposit and units in money market funds owned by households, non-financial enterprises, municipalities and financial enterprises other than state lending institutions, banks and money market funds.