90-day T-bill rate down; gov’t raises P15B | Inquirer Business

90-day T-bill rate down; gov’t raises P15B

/ 02:06 AM August 01, 2023

MANILA  -The average yield on the benchmark 90-day Treasury bills dropped by 38.7 basis points (bps) to 5.224 percent from 5.611 percent, amid mixed results in the auction held July 31.

Still, the national government raised P15 billion as planned despite a significantly decreased appetite among investors.

Yields on the 182-day T-bills also decreased by 3.4 bps to an average of 5.879 percent from 5.823 percent.


On the other hand, the average rate on the 364-day T-bills increased by 2.6 bps to 6.21 percent from 6.184 percent.


“The total tenders reached P45.1 billion, thrice the P15 billion offering,” the BTr said in a statement.

In the previous auction last week, total tenders reached a total of P66.7 billion.

Further, the results were also mixed when compared with prevailing rates at the secondary market.

At the Bloomberg Valuation Service (BVAL), the yield on the three month bill was 49.6 bps higher at 5.7 percent. Also, the yield on the six-month bill was 14.6 bps higher at 5.935 percent.

On the other hand, the average rate for the yearlong bill was 9.1 bps lower at 6.119 percent.

Michael Ricafort, chief economist at Rizal Commercial Banking Corp., said T-bill auction rates followed the trend of BVAL yields.


Ricafort said this happened ahead of the announcement of the Philippine inflation readout for July, which is expected to ease further due to higher base effects.

—Ronnel W. Domingo INQ
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