Muscat, The total issuance of Government Treasury Bills amounted to RO 105 million. The value of the allotted Treasury bills for a maturity period of 28 days amounted to RO 40 million.
The average accepted price reached RO 99.673 for every RO 100, and the minimum accepted price arrived at RO 99.665 per RO 100. The average discount rate and the average yield reached 4.26594% and 4.27994%, respectively.
Whereas, the value of the allotted Treasury bills for a maturity period of 91 days amounted to RO 65 million. The average accepted price reached RO 98.788 for every RO 100, and the minimum accepted price arrived at RO 98.785 per RO 100. The average discount rate and the average yield reached 4.86101% and 4.92064%, respectively.
Treasury Bills are short-term highly secured financial instruments issued by the Ministry of Finance, and they provide licensed commercial banks the opportunity to invest their surplus funds. The Central Bank of Oman (CBO) acts as the Issue Manager and provides the added advantage of ready liquidity through discounting and repurchase facilities (Repo).
It may be noted that the interest rate on the Repo operations with CBO is 5.00% while the discount rate on the Treasury Bills Discounting Facility with CBO is 5.50%.
Furthermore, Treasury Bills promote the local money market by creating a benchmark yield curve for short-term interest rates. Additionally, the Government may also resort to this instrument whenever felt necessary for financing its recurrent expenditures.
Source: Oman News Agency