Money Market Report for the week ending 4 January
ECB Monetary Operations
On 31 December, the European Central Bank announced its weekly main refinancing operation. The operation was conducted on 2 January and attracted bids from euro area eligible counterparties of €8.21bn, €1.36bn lower than the bid amount of the previous week. The amount was allotted in full at a fixed rate equivalent to the prevailing MRO rate of 0.00%, in accordance with current ECB policy.
On 3 January, the ECB conducted a six-day US dollar funding operation through collateralised lending in conjunction with the US Federal Reserve. This operation attracted bids
of $0.08bn, which was allotted in full at a fixed rate of 2.90%.
Domestic Treasury Bill Market
In the domestic primary market for Treasury bills, the Treasury invited tenders for 91-day and 182-day bills for settlement value 3 January, maturing on 4 April and 4 July, respectively. Bids of €28.50m were submitted for the 91-day bills, with the Treasury accepting €19m, while bids of €15m were submitted for the 182-day bills, with the Treasury accepting €1m. Since no bills matured during the week, the outstanding balance of Treasury bills increased by €20m, to stand at €310m.
The yield from the 91-day bill auction was -0.348%, up by 0.4 basis point from bids with a similar tenor issued on 28 December 2018, representing a bid price of €100.0880 per €100 nominal. The yield from the 182-day bill auction was -0.289%, an increase of 6.4 basis points from bids with a similar tenor issued on 20 December 2018, representing a bid price of €100.1463 per €100 nominal.
During the week under review, there was no trading on the Malta Stock Exchange.
This week the Treasury will invite tenders for 91-day bills maturing on 11 April.