Standing facilities - D12

03 April 2020 03:00 p.m.
Next release
06 April 2020 03:00 p.m.
Reserve Bank of New Zealand
Data files

Standing Facilities

Transaction date Settlement cash balance (m) Overnight reverse repo Total FX Swaps (m)
02 Apr 2020 23,107 - 2,125

Bond lending facility

Transaction date Amount ($m) Bond Settlement date Maturity date
02 Apr 2020 - - - -

The data: coverage, periodicity, and timeliness

Coverage characteristics

The following data is collected and is detailed further in the series description:

  • Settlement Cash Balances
  • Overnight Reverse Repo Facility
  • Autorepo Rollover Facility
  • Bond Lending Facility
  • Transaction Date
  • Amount
  • Bond
  • Settlement date
  • Maturity date




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Although there is no law that requires the RBNZ to compile and publish data on the tenders, the data are disseminated by the RBNZ as a service to the public.

Provision of information about revisions and advance notice of major changes in methodology

The data are final and are not subject to revision. Any changes to the processes of conducting the Standing Facilities are announced via electronic media. Procedures are outlined in Section 3 of the Operating Rules and Guidelines for the Domestic Markets.


Dissemination of documentation on methodology and sources used in preparing statistics

For additional explanatory information see the RBNZ Bulletin, Vol 67 No 4, Dec 2004.

Dissemination of statistics that support statistical cross-checks and provide assurance of reasonableness

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Electronic Media

Includes Reuters, Bridge and Bloomberg.

Security types

Most securities reported are wholesale market instruments: New Zealand Government bonds (with the exception of the Feb 2016 bonds which are inflation-indexed bonds), Treasury bills, Corporate bonds, Reserve Bank bills, Commercial paper or Registered certificates of deposit (RCDs).

Interest bearing securities

These are written promissory agreements, whether marketable or not, in which one party promises to pay a stated sum on demand, or on a specified date, to the legal holder of the document. They may also involve a promise to pay stated interest at specified intervals over the term of the bond. Alternatively, they may be issued and traded at discount from their nominal value.

These include: Government bonds, Treasury bills, Reserve Bank bills, bills of exchange, commercial paper (including eurocommercial paper), certificates of deposit, debentures, convertible notes, and medium term notes issued by private placement.

Government securities

There three main categories of government securities, each of which have several sub-categories. The three main categories are:

Wholesale government securities are issued for terms of greater than one year and carry a coupon payment. Wholesale securities are initially sold, normally by tender, to financial institutions.

Treasury bills are securities issued for terms of less than one year and do not carry a coupon payment. Treasury bills are initially sold at a discount to the nominal value to financial institutions, normally by tender.

Retail government securities are issued over the counter for terms of two or four years starting from the date of purchase and carry a coupon payment.

Types of Government securities currently on issue are:

Government bonds which are denominated in New Zealand dollars, issued for terms greater than one year, and have a fixed interest coupon paid semi-annually in arrears.

Inflation-indexed bonds (IIB) are denominated in New Zealand dollars with a fixed coupon paid quarterly in arrears. The outstanding Indexed Bonds are scheduled to mature on 15 February, 2016. On maturity, the principal and the indexed component of the -bonds are redeemable. The index component refers to the incremental CPI adjustment, from 15 November 1995, to the principal due date.

Treasury bills are denominated in NZ dollars sold at a discount to the nominal value and carry no coupon. The bills are redeemable at par on maturity. Treasury bill tenders are generally held by NZDMO, on a weekly basis. Two maturities of regular Treasury bills are offered in each tender with roughly three and six month maturities. However, from time to time the RBNZ will also offer seasonal Treasury bills in the tenders. Seasonal Treasury bills are issued for liquidity management purposes and generally have a maturity of less than three months. Seasonal Treasury bills sold in tenders are noted by *.

Security related Terminology

Maturity The date the final repayment for a security or loan is expected to be made. Maturity data may be presented in slightly different ways depending on the particular form of the security.

Present value The present value refers to the current market value of a security.

Nominal value The nominal value of a security represents the amount to be repaid at maturity. The nominal value is recorded on the face of the document recording the entitlement, generally a certificate or bond. It is also referred to as the "face value".

Banking day Mondays through Fridays, excluding public holidays.

Outright holdings (nominal holdings)Securities held outright by the owner either directly or through an agent.

Settlement date (The date counterparty buys the government bond from the Bank.

Descriptions of settlement cash

Settlement cash balances The surplus cash held at the Bank in Exchange Settlement Account System (ESAS) accounts at the end of a banking day.

Cash at beginning of month The cash at the beginning of the month is the opening cash balance of the Exchange Settlement Accounts (ESA).

Government cash influence The Government cash influence is the Government revenue (taxes provided through Inland Revenue Department and Customs), less government expenditure and interest paid on Government bonds and Treasury bills.

Reserve Bank Transactions Includes Currency in circulation and various transactions that affect accounts held with the RBNZ. Currency in circulation refers to notes and coins issued by the RBNZ less those held in the vaults of registered banks.

Other (Government debt transactions) The net amount of miscellaneous Government debt transactions.

Foreign exchange Foreign exchange deals transacted by the New Zealand Government and the RBNZ.

Net reverse repos The net amount of reverse repos, transacted by the RBNZ to help manage the Government's daily liquidity flows.

Net repos The net amount of repos, transacted by the RBNZ to help manage the Government's daily liquidity flows.

Net FX swaps and Basis swaps The net amount of foreign exchange swap transactions (whether buying or selling the NZD) transacted by the RBNZ to help manage the RBNZ's and Government's daily liquidity flows.

Net seasonal Treasury bills The net amount of seasonal Treasury bills, transacted by the RBNZ to help manage the Government's daily liquidity flows.

Net overnight reverse repo facility(The net amount of overnight reverse repos transacted by RBNZ with other parties. The RBNZ will be willing to enter into overnight reverse repos on demand, with those parties who have entered into a Master Repurchase Agreement with the RBNZ. These transactions are done at a margin above the OCR. The OCR is an interest rate set by the RBNZ to implement monetary policy, so as to maintain price stability.

Net auto-repo rollover The net amount (borrowings less repayments) of auto-repo. Settlement account holders can enter into automated intra-day borrowing with the RBNZ. This borrowing can be rolled overnight, but at an interest rate of 30 basis points above the OCR. The auto-repo facility was discontinued in October 2006 following implementation of the new liquidity management regime.

Cash as at end of month The surplus cash held at the bank in Exchange Settlement Account System (ESAS) accounts at the end of a banking day.

Average settlement cash Average daily balance of the exchange settlement accounts.

Overnight reverse repo facility A counterparty that has signed a Master Securities Repurchase Agreement sells government securities to the Bank in exchange for cash on an overnight basis. The counterparty agrees to buy the securities back at a stipulated price the next banking day. Currently the interest rate on these transactions is 25 basis points above the Official Cash Rate (OCR).

Autorepo rollover facility A counterparty that has signed a Master Intra-day Securities Repurchase Agreement can borrow cash from the Bank and repay the cash intra-day (within the 24 hour banking day). If the intra-day transaction is not repaid at the end of the business day, it automatically rolls over into an inter-day transaction at a rate of 30 basis points above the Official Cash Rate (OCR). The auto-repo facility was discontinued in October 2006 following implementation of the new liquidity management regime.

Net Bond lending facility Bonds borrowed in the Bank's bond lending facility

Symbols and conventions for summary table

0 Zero or value rounded to zero
- Not applicable
.. Not available
bold Revised/new
italics Provisional
light red background Historical

General notes

  • Individual figures may not sum to the totals due to rounding
  • Percentage changes are calculated on unrounded numbers
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