CBO issues treasury bills worth OMR5mn

Business Tuesday 17/July/2018 15:33 PM
By: Times News Service
CBO issues treasury bills worth OMR5mn

Muscat: Oman’s central bank raised OMR5 million by way of allotting treasury bills on Tuesday.
The treasury bills are for a maturity period of 182 days, from Wednesday July 18, 2018 until January 16, 2019.
The average accepted price reached 98.800 for every OMR100, and the minimum accepted price arrived at 98.800 per OMR100. Whereas the average discount rate and the average yield reached 2.40659 per cent and 2.43582 per cent, respectively.
The interest rate on the Repo operations with CBO is 2.579 per cent for the period from July 17, 2018 to July 23, 2018, while the discount rate on the Treasury Bills Discounting Facility with CBO is 3.329 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.