The Islamic State has reportedly begun the circulation of its new currency in the city of Raqqa.

At least a third of the government expenses last year were funded by long-term borrowing from the Central Bank of Syria, according to a recent report.

Preliminary data indicate that premiums generated by private sector insurance companies grew by around a third in the first half of this year.

Data from Wikileaks have confirmed that the Central Bank of Syria has deposited significant amounts of its foreign assets in the Russian banking system.

Syria’s government has given more details on its annual budget to pay compensations to pensioners from the public sector, both civilians and members of the armed forces, and their families.

The month of August saw a slight increase in the Syrian stock market index and in the value of shares traded.

The Central Bank of Syria has restricted the operations of foreign exchange companies to non-commercial transactions.

The Syrian pound is continuing its downward spiral and lost in the last week some five percent of its value relative to the dollar as the Government admits that its foreign currency reserves are now very low.

The appointment of a new governor at the Central Bank of Syria has coincided with a new increase of the value of the US dollar in the Syrian foreign exchange market.

The main index of the Damascus Securities Exchange remained mostly unchanged in July.