Reserves of foreign exchange and gold: $248.9 billion (31 December 2012 est.)
$238.9 billion (31 December 2011 est.)
Definition: This entry gives the dollar value for the stock of all financial assets that are available to the central monetary authority for use in meeting a country's balance of payments needs as of the end-date of the period specified. This category includes not only foreign currency and gold, but also a country's holdings of Special Drawing Rights in the International Monetary Fund, and its reserve position in the Fund.
Source: CIA World Factbook - This page was last updated on June 30, 2015See Also