Government Securities Market (Week ended January 5, 2023) | Sunday Observer

Government Securities Market (Week ended January 5, 2023)

8 January, 2023

The secondary market bond yields decreased considerably over the shortened trading week ending January 5, 2023 to record a downward shift on the short end of the yield curve. The restrictions imposed on CBSL policy windows of 14.50% and 15.50% with effect from 16th January along with the Domestic Operations Department (DOD) of Central Bank conducting bond buy back auctions, was seen as the reasons behind the dip in yields.

The use of CBSL Standard Deposit Facility Rate (SDFR) of 14.50% by a Licensed Commercial Bank (LCB) will be restricted to a maximum of five times per calendar month while the use of its Standing Lending Facility Rate of 15.50% by a LCB will be restricted to 90% of its Statutory Reserve Requirement (SRR). The DOD of Central Bank was seeing buying back 2025 bond maturities at weighted averages of 30.80% and 29.00%, well below its secondary market rate prior to the auction while Rs 40 billion was injected by way of a 31-day term reverse repo auction at a weighted average rate of 28.56%.

The weekly Treasury Bill auction saw demand picking up which led to weighted average rates decreasing by 63, 18 and 11 basis points on the 91-day, 182-day and 364-day maturities respectively to 32.01%, 32.02% and 29.16%.

Buying interest on the liquid maturities of 01.05.24, 15.01.25 and 15.05.26 saw its yields hitting weekly lows of 31.95%, 30.75% and 30.47% respectively against its previous weeks closing levels of 32.20/00, 33.25/50 and 31.45/55. In addition, the 15.01.28 maturity was traded at levels of 27.55% to 28.01% as well.

In money markets, the weighted average rates on overnight call money and repo stood at 15.50% each for the week while the total outstanding liquidity deficit was registered at Rs.321.19 billion by the end of the week against its previous weeks of Rs.361.25 billion.

(References: Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Bloomberg E-Bond trading platform, Money broking companies)

Courtesy: Wealth Trust Securities Ltd