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Yields on treasury bills remain steady

By Our Correspondent
June 15, 2023

KARACHI: Yields on market treasury bills remained steady on Wednesday in the first auction following the central bank left its key interest rate unchanged at 21 percent to rein in inflation and prevent economic growth from falling further.

The government raised Rs2.2 trillion through an auction of treasury papers, much higher than the pre-auction target of Rs1.2 trillion.

The cut-off yield on the three-year T-bill stood at 21.9999 percent, unchanged from the previous auction. The yield on the six-month paper was up by 5 basis points at 21.9890 percent. The yield on a 12-month paper ended flat at 21.9997 percent.

The chief executive of Topline Securities, Mohammad Sohail, said the T-bill yields remained unchanged in line with forecasts following no change in the policy rate.

Analysts said the heavy participation at the auction was seen in the three-month paper. This reflects investors’ expectations that the interest rates will remain steady at the upcoming monetary policy reviews. They said the T-bills yields were steady as investors digested inflation data and assessed its implications for the central bank’s rate-hiking cycle.

The government has been forced to borrow heavily from domestic banks to meet its rising financing needs, due to insufficient inflows of external loans. As of May 12, 2023, the government had borrowed more than Rs3 trillion to finance the budget deficit.