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States forced to pay higher spread as oversupply concerns take hold

The rise in spreads is a direct measure of market displeasure than a rise in yields. This is because if spreads widen, SDL yields could still rise even when G-sec yields remain where they are

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Anup Roy Mumbai
Forced to hit the market to meet their deficits, states are seeing their cost of borrowing rise.

The spreads between state development loans (SDLs) and equivalent-maturity government papers have started widening, and market participants don’t expect them to contract anytime soon. In Tuesday’s auction, the spread between the 10-year SDL and 10-year government security (G-Sec) was 72 basis points (bps), against 64 bps in the previous auction, rating agency ICRA noted. The spreads generally stay at 50-60 bps. One basis point is a hundredth of a percentage point.

The rise in spreads is a direct measure of market displeasure than a rise

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First Published: Sep 23 2020 | 7:00 PM IST

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