- Wealth PMS (50L+)
In yesterday’s 91-day T-Bill auction, we saw yields go up to 11.0031%, the highest number since July 1996. Higher yields mean lower prices of the bonds, and effectively means the government is paying a very high price to take short term credit.
Also, recently we seem to have been accepting much larger blocks than notified. While only 7,000 cr. was notified in yesterday’s auction, more than 16,000 cr. was accepted. This has been the situation recently, though a higher acceptance has been common.
Why is this scary? Because at 11% the government is paying a lot more interest. For 91 days, the interest payout for a 16,000 cr. issue is around Rs. 440 cr. versus Rs. 300 cr. at 7.5%. Effectively we the taxpayers will effectively pay Rs. 140 cr. more for this massive difference in yields.
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