Muscat: Oman’s central bank raised OMR72 million by way of allotting treasury bills on Tuesday.
The treasury bills are for a maturity period of 91 days, from October 21, 2020, until January 20, 2021.
The average accepted price reached 99.801 for every OMR100, while the minimum accepted price arrived at 99.800 per OMR100.
Whereas the average discount rate and the average yield reached 0.79635 per cent and 0.79793 per cent, respectively.
Note that the interest rate on the Repo operations with CBO is 0.5 per cent, while the discount rate on the Treasury Bills Discounting Facility with CBO is 1 per cent.
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.
Furthermore, treasury bills promote the local money market by creating a benchmark yield curve for short-term interest rates. Additionally, the government (MOF) may also resort to this instrument whenever felt necessary for financing its recurrent expenditures.