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The Management of Government Debt


  • Simon Gray


A number of governments state explicitly, in broad terms, their goals for debt management. For most, these could be summarised as: "Raising finance from the non-government sector in order to cover the government's borrowing needs, while minimising the long-run cost of debt service and taking account of risk (and, where necessary, co-ordinating with monetary policy)." This Handbook explores the long-run objectives of deficit financing and then discusses the various elements involved in building an appropriate strategy for pursuing those objectives in domestic currency markets (irrespective of whether the securities are purchased by residents or non-residents). Certain subjects, such as debt issuance techniques, the use of specialist market intermediaries, development of secondary markets, and payments and settlements issues, are major topics in their own right, some of which will be covered in separate Handbooks. This handbook is also available in Russian and Spanish.

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  • Simon Gray, 1996. "The Management of Government Debt," Handbooks, Centre for Central Banking Studies, Bank of England, number 5.
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    1. Merton, Robert C, 1974. "On the Pricing of Corporate Debt: The Risk Structure of Interest Rates," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 29(2), pages 449-470, May.
    2. Baz,Jamil & Chacko,George, 2004. "Financial Derivatives," Cambridge Books, Cambridge University Press, number 9780521815109, March.
    3. Durbin, James & Koopman, Siem Jan, 2012. "Time Series Analysis by State Space Methods," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, edition 2, number 9780199641178.
    4. Sidanius, Che & Zikes, Filip, 2012. "Financial Stability Paper No 18: OTC derivatives reform and collateral demand impact," Bank of England Financial Stability Papers 18, Bank of England.
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    Management; Government; Debt;

    JEL classification:

    • H62 - Public Economics - - National Budget, Deficit, and Debt - - - Deficit; Surplus
    • H63 - Public Economics - - National Budget, Deficit, and Debt - - - Debt; Debt Management; Sovereign Debt


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