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China conducts this year's 7th central bank bills swap

Updated: Jul 30,2020 01:54 PM    Xinhua

BEIJING — The People's Bank of China, the central bank, said it will conduct this year's seventh central bank bills swap (CBS) operation on July 30 to improve the liquidity of perpetual bonds issued by commercial banks.

The CBS, valued at 5 billion yuan (about $715 million), is open to primary dealers for bidding at a fixed rate of 0.1 percent, the central bank said in a statement.

The swap will be due on Oct 30, 2020, said the statement.

The CBS scheme allows dealers to swap the perpetual bonds they hold for central bank bills, which will effectively boost market demand for perpetual bonds but have a neutral impact on liquidity in the banking system.

Perpetual bonds are fixed-income securities with no maturity date and are not redeemable but pay a steady stream of interests forever.

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