By Lee C. Chipongian
Banks bid P92.15 billion of term deposit facility (TDF) during the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ (BSP) Wednesday auction, more than offer of P70 billion.
The offer is lower than P90 billion a week ago. TDF rates also fell this week, tracking key rates which were reduced by 25 basis points (bps) last September 26 by the Monetary Board.
The auction for the 7-day tenor offered at P30 billion, had P34.27-billion tenders. The average rate dropped to 4.2501 percent from 4.3589 percent last September 25.
The 14-day TDF with a lower offer of P20 billion from last week’s P30 billion, attracted P30.83 billion. The rate also fell to 4.2547 percent from 4.4391 percent.
The 28-day tenor was offered at P20 billion versus P30 billion last week. Bids amounted to P27.04 billion while average rate declined to 4.3039 percent from 4.4577 percent last week.
The BSP cut policy rate by 25 bps last week, bringing to 75 bps total reduction for 2019.
BSP Governor Benjamin E. Diokno said the benign inflation outlook “provides room for a further reduction in the policy rate to support economic growth and reinforce market confidence.”
A day later, the Monetary Board also cut banks’ reserve requirement ratio (RRR) by another 100 bps to be applied first week of November. This will release an additional P100 billion to previous RRR reductions which totaled 200 bps.
The RRR for big banks is reduced by one percent to 15 percent, also for thrift banks and rural banks which will have a new rate of five percent and three percent respectively.
The first 200 bps, by BSP estimates, released P200 billion of fresh funds into the financial system. The first RRR series of cuts will be reflected in the August and September domestic liquidity and bank lending data.