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Finance Ministry issues EGP 17 bln Treasury bills on Sunday

Sunday 17/February/2019 - 08:30 AM
Finance Ministry
Finance Ministry
Edited By: Nada Moustafa
The Ministry of Finance issued treasury bills for maturities (91 and 273) days worth EGP 17 billion، on Sunday.

The Ministry seeks to sell its offers of treasury bills for maturities of 91 days for EGP 8.5 billion and 273 days for EGP 8.5 billion.

Egypt receives financial aid in the shape of grants and loans from Arab countries to cover the deficit.

Noteworthy، a Treasury bill (T-Bill) is a short-term debt obligation backed by the Treasury Dept. of the U.S. government with a maturity of less than one-year، sold in denominations of $1،000 up to a maximum purchase of $5 million. T-bills have various maturities and are issued at a discount from par، according to Investopedia.

When an investor purchases a T-Bill، the U.S. government effectively writes investors an IOU; they do not receive regular interest payments as with a coupon bond، but a T-Bill does include interest، reflected in the amount it pays when it matures.

The longer the maturity date، the higher the interest rate that the T-Bill will pay to the investor.

-Purchase Process-

The pricing of T-Bills is unique among government debt issues; rather than providing interest payments like Treasury Bonds or Notes do، T-Bills are sold at a discount and the entire return is realized upon maturity. 

The interest rate earned on T-Bills is equal to the difference between the purchase price and maturity value، divided by the maturity value.

New issues of T-Bills can be purchased at auctions held by the government; previously issued ones can be bought on the secondary market.

T-Bills purchased at auctions are priced through a bidding process. Bids are referred to as "competitive" or "non-competitive." 

A competitive bid sets a price at a discount from the T-Bill's par value، letting you specify the yield you wish to get from the T-Bill. 

Non-competitive bid auctions allow investors to submit a bid to purchase a set dollar amount of the Bills. The yield they receive is based upon the average auction price from all bidders.

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