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Taiwan end September forex reserves tick up

TAIPEI, Oct 5 (Reuters) - Taiwan's foreign exchange reserves rose to $397.95 billion at the end of September, the central bank said on Friday, citing the appreciation of the euro and other currencies against the U.S. dollar and higher returns from the management of forex reserves.

Taiwan's reserves are the world's fourth-largest after China, Japan and Russia. The figures do not include gold.

The central bank also said the market value of securities and Taiwan dollar deposits held by foreign investors reached $216.1 billion, equivalent to 54 percent of foreign exchange reserves.

RESERVES M/M CHG FOREIGN HOLDINGS (US$ bln) (pct) (pct of reserves) 2012 End-September 397.95 +0.94 54 End-August 394.226 +0.80 51 End-July 391.108 -0.03 50 End-June 391.235 +0.50 50 End-May 389.275 -1.47 52 End-April 395.07 +0.31 54 End-March 393.87 -0.14 56 End-February 394.43 +1.06 56 End-January 390.30 +1.25 53 2011 End-December 385.547 -0.62 48 End-November 387.968 -1.36 47 End-October 393.327 +1.00 51 End-September 389.174 -2.78 48 End-Aug 400.294 -0.12 53 End-July 400.76 +0.11 60 End-June 400.33 +0.40 62 End-May 398.683 -0.20 65 End-April 399.54 +1.76 65 End-March 392.63 +0.50 61 End-February 390.69 +0.93 60 End-January 387.111 +1.34 66 (Taipei bureau)

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Keywords: TAIWAN ECONOMY/RESERVES