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CBN introduces special bills to deepen financial markets

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has announced the introduction of special bills as part of efforts to deepen the financial markets and avail the monetary authority with an additional liquidity management tool.

The CBN also reiterated its commitment to ensure optimal regulation of systemic liquidity and promote efficient financial markets in support of economic recovery and sustained growth.

The introduction of bill was contained in a statement signed and released by Bello Hassan, the Director of Banking Supervision on Wednesday, December 2. 

The features of the CBN Special Bills are as follows:

  • Tenor of 90 days;
  • Zero coupon, applicable yield at issuance will be determined by the CBN;
  • The instrument will be tradable amongst banks, retail and institutional investors;
  • The instrument shall not be accepted for repurchase agreement transactions with the CBN and shall not be discountable at the CBN window; and
  • The instrument will qualify as liquid assets in the computation of liquidity ratio for deposit money banks.

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