Economic Issues

Interest on treasury bills scary; ¢4.416bn for last 3 months – Joe Jackson warns

Interest on treasury bills scary; ¢4.416bn for last 3 months – Joe Jackson warns 6, 2023 9:37 AM

The Executive Director of Dalex Finance, Joe Jackson, has disclosed that interest cost on Government of Ghana Treasury bills for the last three months is estimated at GH¢4.416 billion.

Executive Director of Dalex Finance, Joe Jackson.×300&!2&fsb=1&xpc=1gYsRpk1vr&p=https%3A//

A situation he describes as scary and problematic for the country’s economy in future.

According to him, the government bought a total of GH¢33.08 billion worth of T-bills in the last three months.

The treasury instruments were sold by government at an average yield of 35%.×300&!3&btvi=1&fsb=1&xpc=2QPiksH14D&p=https%3A//

In December 2022, the government secured GH¢12.60 billion at an interest rate of 35.72%.

Government seemed to have reduced its appetite for short-term securities in January 2023, mobilising GH¢7.3 billion at a rate of 35.66%.

Mr. Jackson noted that the government borrowing from T-bills significantly shot up to GH¢13.1 billion in February 2023 at an interest cost of 35.50%.

A trend Joe Jackson is cautioning against. “Should you be cautious in buying T-bills?” he quizzed in a tweet.

Government of Ghana bought GH¢33.08 billion in the last three months. The weighted average interest rate was GH¢35.62% and will cost a whopping GH¢4.42 billion,” he noted.

Government’s only source of borrowing, for now, seems to be the treasury market, hence the significant borrowing on the short-term market.×300&!4&btvi=2&fsb=1&xpc=nZQOtS5kEz&p=https%3A//

Meanwhile, Ghana has been engaging investors since November to restructure about $30 billion of its $46 billion in local and international debt. It recently completed the first part of a domestic restructuring, with investors exchanging 83 billion cedis ($6.5 billion), or 64% of holdings, for new securities, against an overall target of 80%.

It aims to start “substantive” discussions with international bondholders and their advisers in coming weeks, Minister of Finance Ken Ofori-Atta said on February 16.

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