A tender of government treasury bills, issue number 470, was held at the Central Bank of Oman (CBO) this week. The results of issue are as follows: The total value of the allotted treasury bills amounted to RO 62 million, for a maturity period of 91 days, from January 17 until April 18, 2018. The average accepted price reached 99.653 for every RO 100 while the minimum accepted price arrived at 99.635 per RO 100. The average discount rate and the average yield reached 1.39252 per cent and 1.139739 per cent respectively. The interest rate on the Repo operations with CBO is 2.056 per cent for the period from January 16 to January 22 while the discount rate on the treasury bills discounting facility with CBO is 2.806 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. The 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.
-Oman daily Observer