Purchases of treasury bills

To mitigate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the Swedish economy, the Riksbank intends to purchase assets in an amount of up to SEK 700 billion, up to 31 December 2021, in addition to the purchases planned prior to the pandemic. The purchases are aimed at keeping interest rates in general at a low level and contributing to an efficient supply of credit. The current purchases include treasury bills, among others.

The Riksbank may purchase tradeable debt instruments with a remaining time to maturity of at least 70 days at the time of purchase. The purchases are made on the secondary market and via bid procedures. The Riksbank’s monetary policy counterparties and the Swedish National Debt Office’s current primary dealers in government treasury bills may participate in these bid procedures.

More detailed information can be found in the document under “Related content” below.

Holdings of treasury bills

Here, we present the Riksbank’s total holdings of treasury bills. The holdings are the net total of treasury bills purchased, that is the total sum of treasury bills, minus bills that has matured at that point in time. During the second quarter of 2021 the Riksbank will purchase treasury bills to such a total nominal amount that the holdings on 30 June 2021 amount to SEK 20 billion.

Holdings of treasury bills

Figure: Holdings of treasury bills

The diagram shows the Riksbank’s total holdings of treasury bills. The figures are stated in SEK billions. Download the data from the chart by clicking on the arrow to the right, above the chart. Source: Sveriges Riksbank.

Change in holdings of treasury bills
  SEK billions
Holdings per 28 February 2021 6
New purchases in March 2021 4
Maturing volume in March 2021 0
Holdings per 31 March 2021 10

Purchases of treasury bills

Here we present the Riksbank’s total purchases of treasury bills.

Purchases of treasury bills

Figure: Purchases of treasury bills

The diagram shows, at each respective point in time, the Riksbank's total purchases of treasury bills since the measure was initiated in January 2020. The figures are stated in SEK billions. Download the data from the chart by clicking on the arrow to the right, above the chart. Source: Sveriges Riksbank.

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Updated 12/04/2021