Reserve Bank to raise Settlement Cash Level to $2,000 million

Release date
10 February 2006

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand will raise the Settlement Cash Level (SCL) from its current level of $500 million to $2,000 million, for value date 13 February 2006.

This change in the settlement cash level reflects the Reserve Bank's concern over liquidity pressures in the New Zealand money market created by the upcoming New Zealand Government Bond maturity on 15 February 2006. The bond maturity reduces the amount of collateral available for banks to use. Banks use collateral to raise funds for their intra-day liquidity to meet payment and settlement obligations.

The Reserve Bank will assess the SCL on an ongoing basis.

This is a technical adjustment to the way the Reserve Bank conducts its liquidity management operations and all other aspects of its daily operations remain unchanged. This change has no monetary policy significance.

Technical information on how the Reserve Bank conducts its liquidity management operations can be found in the December 2004 Bulletin located on the Reserve Bank's website (www.rbnz.govt.nz).

For further information contact:

Te Okeroa
Manager, Market Operations
te.okeroa@rbnz.govt.nz