Reserve Bank Market Operations Statement - 22 July 2020

Term Auction Facility - reduced operations

On 20 March 2020 the Reserve Bank activated the Term Auction Facility (TAF) in response to deteriorating market conditions.

In recent months New Zealand’s domestic markets have stabilised, and the need for a daily TAF to provide enhanced liquidity to support the banking system has diminished.

As a result the frequency of TAF operations will be reduced to one per week from 28 July 2020. These auctions will be held each Tuesday at 9.30am.

The facility will continue to operate in lieu of the Reserve Bank's Open Market Operations (OMO) and will be used to inject cash into the banking system using approved eligible collateral as noted on the Reserve Bank's website.

The TAF can offer terms of 3, 6, and 12 months. The Reserve Bank reserves the right to alter both the volume and maturity dates at its discretion.

The Reserve Bank will monitor the use of our facilities and the use of ESAS settlement accounts. We expect cash to be distributed efficiently throughout the banking system. We will continue to review activity and market conditions, and respond as needed.

A summary of all Reserve Bank facilities can be found here.

For further information contact:

Vanessa Rayner
Head of Financial Markets
[email protected]

Dean Hill
Senior Manager, Financial Markets
[email protected]