July 29 (Reuters) – Singapore’s central bank said on Thursday it will issue short-term bills next year, a fourth instrument for money markets, to help banks manage their liquidity.
Currently the central bank uses three instruments — foreign exchange swaps, money market borrowings and repos.
“MAS Bills will be our fourth instrument. These bills are negotiable, so banks needing liquidity can tell them or pledge them as collateral in interbank repo markets as well as the MAS Standing Facility,” said Heng Swee Keat, the managing director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
“This will facilitate banks in managing their liquidity.”
He said the bills would be for up to three months and the authority was initially planning an issue of up to S$20 billion. (Reporting by Nopporn Wong-Anan)