Purchases of treasury bills

To mitigate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the Swedish economy, the Riksbank increased its purchases of securities from March 2020 until 31 December 2021 with a total envelope of SEK 700 billion, in addition to the purchases planned prior to the pandemic. The purpose of the purchases was to keep general interest rates low and facilitate credit supply. The Riksbank has ceased buying treasury bills.

The Riksbank purchased 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

The Riksbank’s total holdings of treasury bills are presented here. The holdings are the net total of treasury bills purchased, that is the total sum of treasury bills minus matured bills at each point in time. The Riksbank's purchases of treasury bills began in January 2021 and has terminated in April 2022.

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 30 May 2022 18.1
New purchases in June 2022 0
Maturing volume in June 2022 -7
Holdings per 30 June 2022 11.1

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.

Updated 01/07/2022