CBO issues treasury bills worth OMR35mn
Wednesday 24/July/2019 17:13 PM
By: Times News Service
Muscat: Oman’s central bank raised OMR35 million by way of allotting treasury bills on Wednesday.
The treasury bills are for a maturity period of 91 days, from 24 July, 2019 until October 23, 2019.
The average accepted price reached 99.436 for every OMR100, and the minimum accepted price arrived at 99.425 per OMR100. Whereas the average discount rate and the average yield reached 2.26048 per cent and 2.27329 per cent, respectively.
The interest rate on the Repo operations with CBO is 2.766 per cent for the period from July 24, 2019 to July 29, 2019 while the discount rate on the Treasury Bills Discounting Facility with CBO is 3.516 per cent, for the same period.
The treasury bills are short-term highly secured financial instruments issued by the CBO on behalf of the Government, which helps the licensed commercial banks to gainfully invest their surplus funds, with added advantage of ready liquidity through discounting and repurchase facilities (Repo) offered by the Central Bank.
Further, treasury bills promote the local money market by creating a benchmark yield curve for short-term interest rates. Also, the Government (MOF) may also resort to this instrument whenever felt necessary for financing its recurrent expenditures.