CBO issues treasury bills worth OMR46mn
Tuesday 03/December/2019 17:20 PM
By: Times News Service
Muscat: Oman’s central bank raised OMR46 million by way of allotting treasury bills on Tuesday.
The treasury bills are for a maturity period of 28 days, from December 4, 2019, until January 1, 2020.
The average accepted price reached 99.869 for every OMR100, and the minimum accepted price arrived at 99.865 per OMR100. Whereas the average discount rate and the average yield reached 1.70881 per cent and 1.71106 per cent, respectively.
The interest rate on the Repo operations with CBO is 2.194 per cent for the period from December 3, 2019, to December 9, 2019, while the discount rate on the Treasury Bills Discounting Facility with CBO is 2.944 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 the 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.