Buyback policy for govt securities on the cards

Dhaka,  Tue,  25 July 2017
Published : 12 Jun 2017, 01:02:50
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Buyback policy for govt securities on the cards

It may help cut govt's interest expenses
Buyback policy for govt securities on the cards
Siddique Islam


The government has planned to introduce a buyback arrangement for its securities to bring dynamism in the secondary market, officials said.

They said the Ministry of Finance, Bangladesh Bank (BB) and Primary Dealer (PD) banks will work jointly to formulate a policy and implement the plan.

At present, the government buys back its securities from the market as and when it thinks necessary due to absence of any policy. If implemented, the buyback would take place under the policy.

The decision emerged at a meeting of senior officials of the ministry, the BB and treasury heads of all the PD banks at the central bank headquarters in the capital Sunday, with BB executive director Dr. Abul Kalam Azad in the chair

"We're now working to boost the secondary securities market through buyback and other initiatives," a senior BB official told the FE.

He said the yields on the buyback securities would be fixed in line with the market rates.

Earlier, the government bought back its securities worth Tk 11.16 billion in the fiscal year (FY) 2007-08 and FY 2009-10, according to the BB officials.

The latest move came against the backdrop of falling trend in trading at the secondary market mainly due to the lack of adequate securities.

Trading of both the Bangladesh Government Treasury Bonds (BGTB) and treasury bills (T-bills) dropped by more than 37 per cent in May than that of the previous month.

Total turnover that included both buy and sale came down to Tk 11.22 billion in May from Tk 17.87 billion a month ago, according to the central bank's latest statistics.

At the meeting, the PD banks proposed the government to formulate a buyback policy that will allow holding reverse auction of its securities as and when necessary.

"We also want the government to come forward with 'unconditional attitude' for encouraging the stockholders to participate the proposed reverse auction," a treasury head of a PD bank said, following the meeting.

He said the move would help cut the government's interest expenses against such securities while contributing to boost the secondary market.

The ministry officials informed the meeting that the government wanted to issue new securities and buy those back simultaneously in bringing dynamism in the market.

Currently, three T-bills (91-day, 182-day and 364-day) are being transacted through auctions to adjust the government borrowings with the banking system. Besides, five government bonds with tenures of 02, 05, 10, 15 and 20 years respectively are being traded on the money market.

The BB had earlier selected 20 PD banks to deal with the government securities on the secondary market.

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