Foreign Currency Reserves 2021 - Market Notice 2 March 2021

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Published on 02 March 2021

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As part of the monetary policy framework introduced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1997, the Bank of England holds its own foreign exchange reserves in support of its monetary policy objective. These reserves are separate from the Government’s own foreign exchange reserves, which the Bank manages as the Treasury’s agent.

On 15 December 2006 the Bank of England announced that its foreign exchange reserves would be financed by issuing medium-term securities on an annual basis, with a regular timetable, a high degree of transparency and a group of banks to market and distribute each issue. At the same time the Bank announced that the previous Euro Note programme would cease.

FCA/ICMA stabilisation applies. The manufacturer target market (UK MiFIR/MiFID II Product Governance) is ECP/Professionals only (all distribution channels).

This market notice is being issued in reliance on Rule 135e of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”). This market notice is not an offer of securities for sale in the United States. Securities may not be offered or sold in the United States except pursuant to an effective registration statement or an applicable exemption from registration. The Bank of England does not intend to register the securities under the securities laws of the United States or conduct a public offering of the securities in the United States.

Statements about the Bank of England and all other statements in this market notice other than historical facts are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act, Section 21E of the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties and are subject to change at any time. The Bank of England undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect subsequently occurring events or circumstances.

This market notice is being distributed to, and is directed only at, persons in the United Kingdom in circumstances where section 21(1) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, as amended, does not apply (such persons being referred to as “relevant persons”). Any person who is not a relevant person should not act or rely on this communication or any of its contents. Any investment activity (including, but not limited to, any invitation, offer or agreement to subscribe, purchase or otherwise acquire securities) to which this communication relates will only be available to, and will only be engaged with, persons who fall within the manufacturer target market.

Prospective investors are referred to the prospectus which is to be published by the Bank of England relating to the Notes (the “Prospectus”). No investment activity or investment decision relating to the Notes should be undertaken on the basis of or relying upon any information other than that contained in the Prospectus.

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  • A US$2 billion 3-year RegS/144A eurobond has been launched to finance the Bank of England’s foreign currency reserves. The bond pays a coupon of 0.25% and will mature on 8 March 2024.

    As previously announced on 1 March 2021, the Joint Lead Managers for this issue were Citi, J.P. Morgan, RBC Capital Markets and TD Securities.

    The Co-Lead Managers for this issue were Barclays Bank PLC, Bank of Montreal, BNP Paribas, HSBC Bank plc, Goldman Sachs International, Merrill Lynch International and Morgan Stanley & Co International.

    This was the fifteenth operation in the Bank’s annual issuance programme.

    Please direct any questions on Bank of England foreign currency reserves and their financing to the Bank’s Press Office on + 44 (0)20 3461 4411 or, alternatively, email

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