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On the use of sterilisation bonds in emerging Asia

In: Are central bank balance sheets in Asia too large?

  • Aaron Mehrotra

    (Bank for International Settlements)

We document recent developments in the use of sterilisation bonds by six central banks in emerging Asia, and discuss the implications for monetary policy and the financial sector. An important development in the sterilisation of foreign exchange interventions in past years has been the frequent use of central banks’ own paper. There has been an attempt to lengthen the maturity structure of sterilisation bills, and maturities have risen, especially in 2010–11. The choice of sterilisation instrument is likely to depend partly on their relative costs. In particular, as the yield on central bank securities has fallen relative to the rate of remuneration of required reserves, some central banks in Asia have increasingly used central bank securities for sterilisation.

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  • Bank for International Settlements, 2012. "Are central bank balance sheets in Asia too large?," BIS Papers, Bank for International Settlements, number 66, April.
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