Sourced from Bank of England’s “Asset Purchase Facility Quarterly Report – 2015 Q4”
Chart 1 shows the cumulative net asset purchases by type between the establishment of the Fund and 31 December 2015. As of 31 December 2015 cumulative assets purchased net of sales and redemptions totalled £374.9 billion.
Table A summarises the amount of assets that the Fund has purchased and sold in each week (ending on Thursdays) of 2015 Q4 in each facility. It also summarises the total amounts outstanding as at week ending 31 December 2015 (the last Thursday of the quarter). A total of £10.5 billion of gilts were purchased in this review period, composed of £4.23 billion of purchases to complete the reinvestment operations associated with the redemption of the September 2015 gilt, and £6.27 billion of purchases associated with the redemption of the December 2015 gilt. These operations are in line with the updated guidance provided by the MPC in the November 2015 Inflation Report: to continue to reinvest the cash flows associated with maturing gilts held in the APF until Bank Rate has reached a level from which it can be cut materially.