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Treasury bills stock falls Sh50bn on debt payment - 6 days ago, 21:52

Charles Mwaniki

Heavy domestic debt maturities have further cut the stock of outstanding Treasury bills, which now account for 34.2 percent of total domestic debt compared to 36.7 percent at the beginning of May.

Central Bank of Kenya data shows the T-bill stock stood at Sh954.25 billion at the end of June, down Sh49.3 billion from the all-time high stock of Sh1.003 trillion at the beginning of May. In the month of June, the stock of T-bills went down by Sh11.3 billion.

While investors have been bidding heavily in the weekly auctions in recent weeks, especially for the one-year T-bill, the CBK has been content to reject expensive offers and settle for little more than the amounts required to roll over maturing debt.

This has in turn pushed the yields on offer in these debt issues lower.

In July, the situation is likely to persist, with heavy T-bill maturities coming at a time when the Treasury ...
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