BUSINESS
China conducts central bank bills swap
Xinhua
13:32, November 30, 2021

BEIJING, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- The People's Bank of China, the central bank, conducted this year's 11th central bank bills swap (CBS) operation on Tuesday to improve the liquidity of perpetual bonds issued by commercial banks.

The CBS, valued at 5 billion yuan (about 783.77 million U.S. dollars), 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 Feb. 28, 2022, said the statement.

The CBS scheme allows dealers to swap the perpetual bonds they hold for central bank bills, which will 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 interest in perpetuity.