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RBI conducts first-ever OMO in state bonds, buys Rs 10,000 cr under scheme

Lowest cut-off yield offered for Karnataka's 9-year bond at 6.4746%, highest for Jammu & Kashmir's 10-year SDL at 6.6813%


The OMOs in SDLs are a special case this year, but could become the norm going forward if the markets are enthusiastic enough to trade the papers in the secondary markets.

Anup Roy Mumbai
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) conducted the first open market operation (OMO) in state development loans (SDLs) on Thursday, buying Rs 10,000 crore of securities under the scheme.  

SDL holders offered Rs 15,475 crore of bonds against the OMO size of Rs 10,000 crore. The lowest cut-off yield was offered for Karnataka’s 9-year bond at 6.4746 per cent, while the highest cut-off was for Jammu Kashmir’s 10-year SDL at 6.6813 per cent. Overall, two papers each of 15 states were purchased in the OMO.  

The OMOs in state bonds are aimed at keeping the borrowing cost low for states, and bringing

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First Published: Oct 22 2020 | 6:52 PM IST

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